Hey guys. I'm sorry my first post on this forum has a negative twist to it. I cannot, for the life of me, fix this problem.
I remember back in the day when i'd take a turn at 25 mph and the back end of my car would have to catch up to the front... when the slight turn of the steering wheel sent my car squeeling around a turn. Those were the golden days.
Then i let my girl drive my car. She drove it into a curb at 55 mph.
I had to replace the left lower control arms in the front and back (left side hit) and my radiator and 2 wheel hubs. After that, the car still ran perfectly. No joke. Steering was as responsive. Then about 2,500 miles later, Something happened that has led me to the desperation of today.
I took a sharp turn (as i always do) and my 318 handled it like a champ. As i correct myself out of the turn, the steering wheel feels limp in my hand. It went from tight, to feeling like i had a flat tire as I moved the steering wheel side to side. This happened coming out of a very sharp turn.
Ever since then, my steering has been limp. I need to pull the wheel further to the left or right to make turns that i used to be able to make effortlessly. It feels like i no longer have a hard "grip" on the road through my steering wheel.
I'm not sure it is linked to when the car went over the curb. While i'm sure it may have weakened something, i drove it like crazy for those 2500 miles after the accident and before my steering went limp.
What Have i replaced so far?
-Steering Rack (by bmw dealer)
-Left tie rod
-Front Struts (bilstein)
-Wheel hub assembly
I have the same problem. I dont know what to do because every time i bring it into the shop, they tell me its fine, or its old, or i'm crazy, etc. Mechanic tells me everything in the car looks tight, and it drives fine to him. But you know your car the best, and my car doesnt drive like it did 4 months ago.
So guys, what should I do next? I'm thinking about replacing my control arm bushings, but i'm not sure if this will do anything. You can feel the problem if you imagine sitting in my car stationary. If you move the wheel left or right, it feels like it shrugs, limp, left or right. You have to make much more of an extra effort to turn the wheel especially at low speeds. At high speeds, i can shake the wheel left and right, while my car DOES move a little while i do this, it doesnt seem right. The wheel used to be one with the road, gripping it tightly. Now, its like a floppy boat and i feel like i'm LEANING against the road when i take turns- its very imprecise and un sporty. I dont know what to do anymore.
Is there anyone in the Maryland / D.C. area who would like to take my car for a spin and see what they think about it? I will buy you lunch
Thanks for your advice guys, I'm very frustrated with this problem and any ideas are helpful. I'll put about 1,000$ more into this car before i give up. Thats how much i love it