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Old 07-22-2012, 02:56 PM   #21
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Hi guys I'm new to the forum,so I must change illustration number one which is the steering shaft and ill no 2 which is the steering knuckle or joint,that should sort my problem out,for the rattling in steering column.thanks for all the help guys
Let us know if this fixes the problem man. I think it would be the joints but I am not sure. That is what I was going to try after I fix my other problem (fuel pump I believe)
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:24 AM   #22
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Hi, i'm new to this forum too, my E46 318 2000 having the same problem
I checked those joint, they are OK

but the "play" is from steering column (shaft)
I found this video, i think its the same problem i have

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?desktop..._rcjYc9s&gl=ID

Does anybody manage to fix this, or just simply replace the steering column?

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Old 08-10-2012, 11:33 AM   #23
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If you replaced/checked both couplings and still have play, it's coming from telescopic mechanism in the column itself. Very badly designed. It can be fixed but whole thing must be disassembled and reinforced. No parts that can be replaced unfortunately.
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:40 AM   #24
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Thanks guys lestat any pics we're is the problematic part in situated in the column itself.I am a VW qualified mechanic,u tink I can have a go at this,the steering column looks complicated to remove on a bmw,dnt wnt to go breaking any parts while opening,which will cost me a fortune.thanks guys for all the help.guess I jus got to find someone that did it @ posts the outcome of this fix.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:04 PM   #25
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Thanks guys lestat any pics we're is the problematic part in situated in the column itself.I am a VW qualified mechanic,u tink I can have a go at this,the steering column looks complicated to remove on a bmw,dnt wnt to go breaking any parts while opening,which will cost me a fortune.thanks guys for all the help.guess I jus got to find someone that did it @ posts the outcome of this fix.
check this out



that white bush (steering angle sensor sits on top of it) have to be tightened onto the splined rod. I've done this about a year ago and I can't remember exactly but in any case that bush has to be taken off.

Then I've used metal epoxy potty to take out the play between the outer sleeve and that bushing. Lay the metal epoxy down and press the bushing in when the epoxy has just begun to harden.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:42 PM   #26
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Thanks buddy will try and have a go at it wen I'm weekend off.next week.yes exactly same feeling if I hold my steering knuckle joint in the engine bay @ play with it up @ dwn gives me the replica of what the video portraits.
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Old 08-11-2012, 03:56 AM   #27
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Thanks buddy will try and have a go at it wen I'm weekend off.next week.yes exactly same feeling if I hold my steering knuckle joint in the engine bay @ play with it up @ dwn gives me the replica of what the video portraits.
No problem, let us know how it went.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:31 PM   #28
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maybe this will help a little bit ?

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...1#post14650057
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:14 AM   #29
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Hi guys I replaced the steering coupling on my bmw all was replaced.lestat u mentioned something about a white bush @ epoxy can u shed more light on that @ as to we're its located.that noise is annoyn @ frustrating,any helps will be appreciated.thanks guys keep well on that side of the world.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:11 AM   #30
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My 2003 330xi is doing the same thing. Noise over bumps and up and down play in steering wheel. Before I spend 150 on a steering coupler id like to make sure its that and not the column bearings or something to that nature. Also on cold idle my whole steering wheel shakes and rattles. That's how bad mine is at 136,000 miles

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