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Old 07-25-2012, 11:51 AM   #21
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Dmax, thanks for your reply. I am taking the car tomorrow morning to a guy who specializes in power steering racks. He pretty much said the same as you which gives me comfort as I am very skeptical these days. I have a knock which I am certain is not a diff knock as it does not happen on my pull away but it does when I release the accelerator or slow down to 0km. That was why I went to check the suspension initially to rule out any bushes that need replacing and so forth. Then the diagnoses of the steering rack came to light. I was told that there is a lot of play and I my steering rack needs an overhaul. I am well aware that the car is not magical and I don't expect it to be perfect. I cannot move my steering wheel like you can. It's quite secure, it only wiggles when the road is rough. As I've mentioned before, I do have knowledge about cars, unfortunately when you go to have your car repaired and some dishonest fool decides to break something just so that you can return, I tend to lose faith. Hopefully all works out tomorrow as the guy I am seeing was very keen on assessing what is really wrong before fixing things which ate in fact not broken. Thanks again for taking the time to help, I will most certainly have them do as you suggested.

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Old 07-25-2012, 01:10 PM   #22
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Just had my steering rack replaced on my wife's 328i (leak from upper tie rod boot)
You can get it done for $300 if you can shop around.
-used low mileage steering rack off the forum - $110
-2 hr labor from local bmw sponsor - $190

Its seems that steering rack on 328i tend to go. I've found 3-4 e46 328i when I searched the forum on this topic.
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:15 PM   #23
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or just do labor yourself. it's just two bolts on the subframe
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Old 07-25-2012, 02:47 PM   #24
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Melissa,

Take what this new guy tells you and come back here and report it. Every mechanic will say they want to get to the bottom of it; none will say they want to randomly replace parts and make lots of money.

That knock could be rear diff bush...think you mentioned it. But also, the csb (center support bearing on driveshaft) also, I believe, causes a knock when engaging first and reverse...at least it (or the rear diff bushing did)...I did both and 'clunk' was gone.

If wheel moves back and forth, could be a number of things...bad alignment, bad control arm ball joints, bad tie rod ball joints...and frankly, not knowing how well you're reporting your symptoms, could just be a wheel out of balance (they do throw weights on occasion).

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Old 07-25-2012, 11:47 PM   #25
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Definitely not a wheel out of balance nor alignment, just had that done. I at first thought it was balancing too. Will let you know what happens later today. I'll be there when they check the car out and will take a look myself. Today I will deal with my steering rack. The back clunk will have to wait in line. Will be in touch - have a great day!
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:06 AM   #26
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It appears to be the tie rod ends that needs to be dealt with. I am from SA so we work in rands, the costs of repairing is R2500 - when converted i'd say plus minus $310? The rack was completely dry, no leaking in the boots. My ps pump is fine. One of the pipes were sweating. They going to clean it up and monitor it. He had concerns with my lower control arm BUSHINGS but said since I did I 3 weeks ago I should just monitor it and should give problems I should consider replacing the entire arm. So that's my story.

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Old 07-26-2012, 01:27 PM   #27
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Happy (cheap) ending! Good news.
Replace those tierods.

Monitor the pipe "sweating" frequently. Very possibly needs replacement.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:36 PM   #28
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Thanks for everything Stinger9 and everyone else, much appreciated
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