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#1 (permalink) Old 04-12-2005, 12:17 AM
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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).

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