3-Series (E21, E30)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.
My steering is loose and clicks with play when I move the wheel slightly back and forth. I can trace it to this coupling thing on the steering column but I can't find any info on that part. What is the fix for this? This would be a huge improvement in the steering response for my 318is.
Also, what are the options for upgrades for my steering rack? I'm looking to improve the ratio for more responsive steering.
OK..by "coupleing thing" do you mean the u-joint on the steering shaft or the reducer? If it is the u-joint, just replace it. If it is the actual coupler, chances are the splines may be worn, in wich case you may have no recourse but to replace the unit.
I know there are upgrades available to increase responsiveness, but what they are escapes me right now, i'll do some diggin.
I have heard of people swapping a e30 ///M rack, as well as a z rack, but i'll let you run those options down.
R.I.P fast 6
Two wheels or Four, I'm happy as long as the throttle is pinned.
Last edited by german-speed-demon; 12-19-2008 at 04:35 PM.
wow you are fast, fast like a bimmer. I was just coming to edit my vague thread post.
The part that is rattling is the universal joint. I can easily see that it has play in it and I can rattle it with my hand making the same noise my steering makes. This part is under the dash inside the car. After I posted I found info on what is called the coupling and I had that wrong.
I'm not trying to be lazy but I cannot find the proper name for that sucker to get a part # or a source.
Yep, and if you notice I started this thread in Dec. Even with mucking it up myself, that makes 5 full months it sat here. Then within 6 days of bending over at the dealership, an OEM pops up here. Sooooo typical.
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