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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 06-10-2016, 07:35 AM   #1
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*** Anybody replace the Steering Guibo or U-joint for hard steering

Anybody replace the Steering Guibo or U-joint for hard steering? Steering got stiff when backing out in the driveway. Drives fine now....
Also I need to replace the passenger axle as the boot has been ripped for while. I wonder if that could be the cause....
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Old 06-10-2016, 09:48 AM   #2
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*** Anybody replace the Steering Guibo or U-joint for hard steering

No the steering coupler is not your problem. If it was the steering coupler your you would have some steering slop. It sounds more like the power steering pump is going out.
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Old 06-21-2016, 08:38 PM   #3
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My steering also stiffens up some time...I went to the dealership a couple of days ago for the taillight recall, and I asked them if they could look into the "stiff steering" if possible. They were nice enough to do it for free and told me that the power steering pump was fine, and that the lower steering joint - which i think is also called the steering coupling / u joint was binding and needed to be replaced.

I plan on DIYing it in a couple of weeks. Hopefully that will solve the problem.
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Old 06-23-2016, 03:40 PM   #4
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Yes I replaced the lower one. The steering would get stiff intermittently. You could visually see rust coming out of one of the joints. 40k later the pump is still fine, the steering works great.

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Anybody replace the Steering Guibo or U-joint for hard steering? Steering got stiff when backing out in the driveway. Drives fine now....
Also I need to replace the passenger axle as the boot has been ripped for while. I wonder if that could be the cause....
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:57 PM   #5
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I replaced my lower steering joint a few days ago. Completely fixed my stiff / binding steering, and the car feels great now. So happy I didn't buy a new power steering pump like I was originally planning on
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