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Old 07-22-2004, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've just entered the wonderful : world of BMW with a 1995 318ti. One of the first things I noticed was the rubber around the top half of the steering wheel rolls on the steel frame. Well, thinking that this is just a delamination problem, I bought a used steering wheel from member of another fourm, and his does the same thing. Both steering wheels are about the same age so I want to say that this is another delaminated wheel, but then it I thought, is this a design feature becuase it does feel kinda nice in the hand. Is this a design feature that I will just have to get used to or is this a delaminated wheel? If it is not a design feature, how do I fix it? Thanks for any help you can give me.
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As far as I know, it's age, not a feature. It sounds like you were just unlucky...twice.
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I was really afraid you would say that. Well at least that 2nd steering wheel didn't cost much. So do you or anyone else know where I can get a good E36 steering wheel or idea's on how to fix current wheel?
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I thought it was some kinda saftey thing... mine does it too.. I thought it was just softer up there incase you were in an accident and hit your head on it.
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Yes mine does this too, but i don't really mind, it's kinda nice to stretch out my wrists sometimes. But a cheap and easy fix to this problem is to drive with the 9-3 position! I think it's much more comfortable.
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or you could look for a leather wrapped steering wheel.

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Thats what I was going to suggest. A cheap semi-solution would be to by a leather wheelskin.
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