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Old 03-25-2009, 08:09 AM   #201
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What a difference a little $48 part can do. The job took me about 30 minutes. You could not tell the steering coupler is bad by looking at it but after I swaped the old one for the new one I took the car to the highway and drove 110mph the car was straight as an arrow. befor the swap the car was all over the road. 93,000 miles steering feels brand new.
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Old 03-29-2009, 10:01 PM   #202
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I see that alot of people are replacing this piece...does this only apply to cars that have alot of miles?...I'm at 26K and I have minimal play in my steering....steering doesnt feel tight as it should be..
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:57 PM   #203
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Just want to report another happy customer with this thread. The part is up to $56 now, with shipping, but it is worth its weight in gold (doesn't weigh too much!). Gives you that 'like new' feeling of tightness. I'm sure glad it was not the rack!
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Old 04-04-2009, 09:06 PM   #204
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heres an update. I had my car out on thursday and weather was a little cooler and my steering felt tight...my bmw tech advised me that it might be the psi in my tires....damn if this is my culprit all along
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:02 PM   #205
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FYI,

The BMW TIS documents for replacing the steering spindle joint say to replace the external torx screws instead of reusing them. Docs attached. Notice the words "replace clamping screw". That literally means "replace, don't reuse" in BMW speak. This is repeated in the torque specs.
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:44 AM   #206
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finally ordered the part from tischer
bumping in case this thread might help somebody
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Old 05-31-2009, 06:35 PM   #207
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a GREAT post. i had play in the steering wheel and had the dealer check it while in for extended maintenance. they told me the control bushings were bad and wanted $550 to replace them. I bought the HD ones and installed myself in a couple of hours (didn't have the right 3 jaw puller so an hour to get the old ones off). Still had the play in the steering wheel. was told that i probably had a bad steering rack while is $$$$. after reading this thread i checked the flexible coupler and found that it definitely has alot of play and is basically worn out. new one is coming and i'm positive this will restore the tight steering. thanks to all. bob
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Old 05-31-2009, 06:50 PM   #208
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Nice post!!!!!! Thank you!
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:23 AM   #209
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WoW, what an amazing thread. I am having problems with my steering too! Any thing above 60mph and it feels like you are fighting cross winds!
The stearing doesn't feel tight at all. Not noticed any knocks though, or strange noises, is there a way of checking this part visually? my car is a 2000 323ci with 117k on the clock. Was told the vauge steering was due to the 18"alloys, but i don't believe that!
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:25 PM   #210
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update: replaced the steering coupler last week and it solved the loose steering problem. vauxfan, i think it was already mentioned, but an easy way to check is to jack up the driver's side of the car and put a jack stand under it for safety, and have someone turn the steering wheel very slightly each direction while you look at the coupler. it can be seen through the control arm on the driver's side with a flashlight. if it's bad you will see movement where the rivets are mounted. the rubber wears out and gets sloppy. atleast that is what mine looked like.
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:27 PM   #211
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just thought i would make another note. when i called the dealer locally to order the part ($65 retail, $41 BMWCCA member price), they told me that they had never sold one of the steering couplers. makes me wonder if they are even checking them. i suspect they are replacing alot of control arms, bushings, shock towers, etc, and people may still be having the wandering steering problem and it may be blamed on sport suspension or large wheels.
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:59 PM   #212
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I've bought the part and am planning on doing this soon. Question for those who have already done it: how easy is it to do from the left wheel well? I've seen posts from those who have done it from there and from below the car. It would be more practical for me to do it from the wheel well, and I would need to buy a 10"-12" ratchet extension, from what I gather. I would be interested in hearing the pros and cons. Thanks!
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:27 PM   #213
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How ironic...my indy tells me about this today as he's doing my alignment.

Looks like a simple DIY. Great post
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Old 06-22-2009, 10:43 AM   #214
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this was a pain in the ass to do. i took off the tire but my old coupler was seized a bit. it would not come off until I PB Blaster the sucker!

But confirmed! My 5 degree play is gone! the steering is very responsive now!

ps. get new screws too.
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Old 06-24-2009, 09:16 PM   #215
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Did mine today while the car was up on jack stands. Found it easier to remove the support brace.

Very simple DIY. Can't wait to see how it feels.
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Old 06-26-2009, 09:43 AM   #216
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I called a local dealer and they claimed they have never sold one. So I bought it from Tischer along with some other parts.

The car wanders constantly and it requires constant corrections to stay in a straight line. New control arms/bushings and an alignment from the dealer didn't fix the problem.

I'm going to try going through the wheelwell because I don't have a decent jack that will let me put the entire front end on jackstands. How hard is it to do it this way?
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Old 07-12-2009, 01:48 AM   #217
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I have the wheel play along with a click/knock when I turn my wheel slightly while the car is stopped? Have others found that the click is related to the control arm bushings? I had both control arms changed about 1 year ago and really have no desire to have them done again. Thanks.
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Old 07-12-2009, 10:34 AM   #218
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Old 07-13-2009, 03:43 PM   #219
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Any one got the DIY for this ?

Edit: nevermind I read through the entire thread took an hour
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Old 07-13-2009, 08:12 PM   #220
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Big difference for me at high speeds. Care feels very stable again.
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