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#1 (permalink) Old 11-06-2004, 08:29 PM
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I have recently discovered that when I do U turns or sharp lefts I get a grinding noise towards the front right of the car; it almost resembles grinding brakes and rotors. It is definitley metal to metal rub. I have already checked for tire rub and have nothing there. Has anyone else ever heard of or experienced this type of problem? used
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Power steering fluid is full.
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wheels rubbing have the same probblem rioght now



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I had 15 inch rims on when I noticed it the first time. I have recently installed 16 inch rims and have the same problem. I will check the rims to see if there are any marks that would show rub. If that is the case, what is it rubbing on?
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What width tyres are you using???... if they are rather wide.. then I could see why your getting a scraping noise when turning.. it happens... besides that.. did you fill your own Power steering fluid???

If so.. did you use power steering fluid.. because most of these systems dont take regular power steering fluid...

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For the tires I am using 225-50-16 on a 7.5" wide rim. As far as the power steering fluid, I have not touched since I bought the car 2 1/2 months ago. Perhaps I should draw some fluid and check the color. Is there a specific brand that I should use?
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Tires size should be fine when turning... I'd get someone to turn the wheel while you stick your head around there and see if you can find what is making that noise...

As for the fluid... most BMW power steering systems use ATF fluid.... not power steering fluid... so just check the level.. if your loosing fluid... fill it up.. if you keep loosing fluid... then check the outside of the container.. if it looks like fluid is on the top.. but your sure your cap isnt loose.. that means you have regular power steering fluid.. due to that fact that it is boiling over... ATF fluid has a higher boiling point than power steering fluid... thus why they use it.. due to the progressive steering rack.

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Looks like I have my day planned for Sunday! Thanks for the info, I will update when I determine what is the cause.
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its actually the rotors edge has worn through the break pad and is now making that sound , had same thing with my car and fixed it with ne pads and saw a huge run though the pad on one side where the sound was coming from
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I never got a chance to look Sunday, but thanks for giving some extra areas to pay attention to.
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