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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.

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Old 07-16-2004, 12:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an 89 325i and sometimes when straightening out after a left turn the steering wheel feels like it is going to stick and I have to force it slightly. Does this mean that I need a new rack & pinion?
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Originally posted by ye12@Jul 15 2004, 11:43 PM
I have an 89 325i and sometimes when straightening out after a left turn the steering wheel feels like it is going to stick and I have to force it slightly. Does this mean that I need a new rack & pinion?
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I had this problem too. My steering wheel even would go off centre when i hit bumps. Took it to mechanic and he said the seals on the left side (of the rack) where blown, so was only getting power steering to right turns. The left side can drag. You have to get the rack overhauled (kit and labour around $430) or replace with a remanufactured rack ($450 Canadian plus labour).

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Originally posted by Tadao+Jan 4 2005, 01:48 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Tadao @ Jan 4 2005, 01:48 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-ye12@Jul 15 2004, 11:43 PM
I have an 89 325i and sometimes when straightening out after a left turn the steering wheel feels like it is going to stick and I have to force it slightly.* Does this mean that I need a new rack & pinion?
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I had this problem too. My steering wheel even would go off centre when i hit bumps. Took it to mechanic and he said the seals on the left side (of the rack) where blown, so was only getting power steering to right turns. The left side can drag. You have to get the rack overhauled (kit and labour around $430) or replace with a remanufactured rack ($450 Canadian plus labour).

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Mark, I'm surprised to get a response after all these months. After I lowered my car, installed M3 lower control arm bushings and added new wheels and tires, the problem seems to have disappeared. I still am planning to install an e36 rack and pinion to give me less turns lock to lock.

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