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Old 11-17-2014, 03:53 PM   #1
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Replaces lower steering coupling: Pix

Been noticing increasing amounts of play on center in my steering so I changed the flexible steering coupling to firm it back up.

Jacked it up, pulled drive side wheel. Access is to the front and rear of the driver side control arm. Turning the wheel gives you access to the Torx screws on the top and bottom of the coupler. But I was able to turn the rotor and get it to spin to the correct location.

After removing the torx screws I read some blurb in the manual about centering the wheel and locking it to avoid damaging an airbag sensor. I'm not sure if Bentley was speaking directly to this procedure or another one so I centered and locked the wheel anyway.

Pried up on the base of the coupler until it slid off the spline. Made not of it's orientation and pulled it off the steering rod

Here's the old and new coupling. The old one had lots of play moving it in and out so it was indeed shot.

Stuck the new one on with blue loctite and let it sit for an hour while I swapped my vanos oil supply line. After a test drive it really does firm up the on center steering position. It also correct some vagueness on turn in. Not bad for $50 and twenty minutes work to get a fix you can really feel.
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Old 11-17-2014, 05:05 PM   #2
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Another thing I know I need to do

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Old 11-17-2014, 05:26 PM   #3
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Yup, changed mine as well and noticed stiffer steering. I think it should be done if you're over 100k miles at least.
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Old 11-21-2014, 12:11 AM   #4
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Ordering one. Mine is worn too-thanks.
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Old 11-21-2014, 01:50 AM   #5
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Done mine twice around 50&100. Starting to pick up some looseness again so it is about time.
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