View Full Version : Steering sticking on full lock-normal??
07-28-2010, 02:57 PM
A few times when I take a tight turn out of my driveway and turn the steering to full lock the steering suddenly sticks solid and I have to reallly twist hard the other way to get it to move again-once it does move it's all fine again. Driving the car the steering is perfect. The car is a 2005 e65 730d sport with original 19 inch BMW wheels and Pirrelli p zero tyres. There is no rubbing sound, clunking, humming or anything odd when it happens it just goes solid like something has locked up..
For a big car I was surprised how good the turning circle is-could something be going too far on full lock and needs adjusting?
I have never had a car do this before and it worries me it may do it going around a roundabout or bend :thumbdwn:
Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this please?
07-28-2010, 07:19 PM
My 04 745 would do this sometimes on a full lock, I did mention it to the dealer and they could not reproduce, It didnt worry me to much as it only did it in a full lock. My 750 I dont think does this.
07-29-2010, 01:26 AM
Thanks for the reply-yes it's only on full lock and going forwards very slowly. I have trawled the net and it is mentioned as happening on the 3 series from time to time.
Anyone else ever suffer from this problem on an e65-if it happens to others I wont be so worried there is something serious amiss.
07-29-2010, 01:35 AM
I have had this problem especially in the work car park which has quite a camber on it ie pulling into the bay the car straddles the camber, stealer said it was a torsional issue with the chassis under stress, i wouldnt know if he was bull****ting or not. Car at the time was under warranty.
07-29-2010, 01:46 AM
There is also a slight camber from my drive to the road too-thanks guys, I am not going to worry too much about it now, just have to remember not to give it full lock when coming out the drive-it's usually when someone has parked opposite so I am giving it everything to try and squeeze past :rolleyes:
07-29-2010, 02:56 AM
Yup, had this on my 07 model 760Li. Happens (more than once) when exiting the same car park as it's quite tight and I need to slowly turn (on full lock, right hand down) as I exit the downward ramp..
As the car twists, it does stick (not all the time mind) and I simply allow the car to roll a little further to release it. I've never had to fight the wheel to get the steering back. (although you would if you don't roll it to free it up)
07-29-2010, 10:23 AM
Thanks Mr_Burger :)
08-28-2014, 01:07 AM
After changing out the tie-rods and ball joints I had the steering lock up on me.
This is due to misalignment and visually it is not obvious. My values were out of tolerance, but I would not have expected the steering to lock up, when driving out of the driveway.
My values leading to the steering lock were:
Left toe: +1°04'
Right toe: +2°23'
Total toe: 3°26'
The correct values would be
Left toe: 0°05' +/- 0°05'
Right toe: 0°05' +/- 0°05'
Total toe: 0°10' +/- 0°10'
After having a shop align everything to within spec. the problem was resolved.
My advice - BE EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS AFTER CHANGING PARTS AFFECTING ALIGNMENT.
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