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| Originally posted by Dirty_Tool@May 27 2005, 11:37 AM |
From what I read you havent had the steering box replaced or any of the tie rod ends or idler or pitman arm replaced. So the entire steering system is still original, but it you're saying the entire front suspension has been replaced? So can I assume that ALL of the front suspension has been replaced? The upper AND lower control arms and their respective ball joints and bushings? Have the springs and shocks and the upper strut hats been replaced? If all of these things have been replaced then you can say the entire front suspension is new. Then you can move on to the steering which at this point I am assuming is all original? BTW How many miles are on the car? The steering box may have play in it, or 1 of the tie rods might have play or idler arm etc etc. Sadly it seems as tho none of the mechanics can pinpoint the problem, or possibly they did find play in other suspension components that needed to be eliminated 1st before continuing? Are any of these shops willing to pitch in with some free diagnosis since you have spent $$$ wih them trying to cure this issue? If not then are you ready to lay under the car and start doing some diag yourself? Obviously nobody here can just say "here is your problem, replace this" so the way I see it you have 2 options.
1) Try to get 1 of the previous shops to diagnose the problem for free, or pay them or another shop to diag it. ( with all the other suspension components replaced it may be easier to narrow down this go-around)
2) Get on an old pair of jeans and a ratty T-shirt and grab one of your buddys to hop in the car and try turning the wheel (with vehicle stationary of course) to try and reproduce the noise. You lay under the car and put your hand on every steering component under there 1 by 1 and see where you feel the play the strongest. This will most likely be where the fault lies. Also get a wrench on every nut and bolt on the front suspension, steering system and front subframe bolts and make sure nothing is loose. Hopefully you will find something.
Best of Luck,
| Originally posted by mrogers@May 28 2005, 08:07 AM |
If anyone has a diagram of the steering/suspension setup of the 540i with the parts labeled, I would be eternally grateful, just so I know I'm calling the right part by the right name.
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