Just bought the newest member of the family, and she's a pretty lady - '98 touring SE (316) - little less HP than many, but the SE kit makes up for it!
So, now I've been taking some quality time out with her, she's got a couple of niggles - and I wonder if anyone has got some hints/tips etc.
1) A regular quiet knock at idle, or key in position 2, (sort of like a heartbeat - but single 'bump') - my guess from location (rear-low, off to one side), and from the lack of any other symptom was fuel pump - but there isn't smell/fuel drop/warning/leak (tried the cardboard underneath special)... I kinda like the noise - but I don't want her hurtin'
- oh yea... it isn't the CD player (which has a noise all of it's own - and the stealer didn't know was fitted - hehe!)
2) At *full* lock, either way, she groans (irregular mid-range whine), and tries to pull back to center - much more so at stationary.. I get that the engine is going to find it harder to pull the power steering round when at lower revs, but she makes out I'm trying to take her rallying, or something.. I checked the power steering fluid, and she isn't hitting the arches (thank heavens!)...
Anything to worry about, or am I just showing my newbiedom??
PS She's only got 40K on the clock, and FBMWSH