Notchy Difficult Steering - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
BMW Forum BMW Forum

» Auto Insurance

» Featured Product
» Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E21, E30)
Register Home Forum Active Topics Gallery / Showroom Auto Loans Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowInsurance

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.

BimmerWerkz.com is the premier BMW Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-12-2005, 12:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Car:
Posts: 2
Photos:
nutcase is an unknown quantity at this point
The steering on my 1985 325e (that I just bought) is very difficult and "notchy". The guy I bought it from told me that it's the steering linkage (U-joint). Seems reasonable, but has anyone else run into this problem? I'm thinking it's a little more complicated because it's so hard to turn the steering wheel, as if the power steering isn't working. Any ideas?

Also, is there a trick to getting the shift knob off? I've pulled up hard, to the point where I'm afraid of doing damage, but it doesn't come off.

Thanks
nutcase is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-12-2005, 01:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
Neutral Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Portland, OR
Car:
Posts: 96
Photos:
joshh is an unknown quantity at this point
The steering joint is in the engine bay. Instpect it and let us know. Its a pretty solid joint so I doubt thats the real problem.
__________________
Finally pulled the M50 from the donor car.
joshh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2005, 03:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
2nd Gear Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Car:
Posts: 358
Photos:
bad man working is an unknown quantity at this point
The lower steering knuckles seizing us not unknown but there are other faults that can give the same symptoms even a loose PAS pump belt, the pump or the rack. The only way to test this is to remove the lower steering shaft, then you can feel the knuckle, check the up steering column by turning the steering wheel and you can try the rack etc by turning the pinion with the engine running (you may need to use grips so be very careful of the splines).
If it's a manual then pull harder, if it's an auto there's a 3mm Allen bolt in the handle.
bad man working is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2005, 11:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Car:
Posts: 2
Photos:
nutcase is an unknown quantity at this point
Thanks for the advice. I'll try what you suggest for the steering and let everyone know how it works out. Also, I guess I'll pull harder on the knob (it's a 5 speed).

Later
nutcase is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E21, E30)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
E34 V8 Steering Box Nightmare black_bird_blue 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 2 02-23-2010 03:18 PM
Steering wheel noise on 325xi on right turn rms 3-Series (E46, E90) 1 10-10-2005 11:19 PM
Steering Very Stiff theogill 3-Series (E36) 5 12-05-2004 07:17 AM
Link Play In Power Steering BMWhatever 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 0 10-11-2004 12:23 PM
U.K.:BMW 530d SE Active Steering Stacy540i Bimmer Talk/Motorsports Talk 0 10-22-2003 09:03 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:51 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.