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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 06-14-2005, 02:00 PM
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Steering clunk

I'm about done with my 330xi. I've had it since February and have already paid for two rear springs, a front sway bar link, and a camshaft position sensor, with parts and labor exceeding $1000.00 thus far.

It's now doing something funky. From inside the car, turning the steering wheel without moving makes this creaky sound when going right.

At about 90 degrees left, there is a pronounced thunk at low speed, and a click you can feel in the steering wheel, as if I'm using a steering wheel from an old car where I'm clicking off the turn signal. I can feel it at high or low speed at that sharp of an angle; it's fine after that all the way to lock, and I don't have the problem going right. No issues with steering otherwise.

I'll check power steering fluid, but I don't know if that's really the issue, since it only happens in one direction. Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 06-14-2005, 08:57 PM
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sounds the same

I have a 2000 bmw 328CI, last summer i had my 17" summer rims and tires on knowing that i only had one season left. Sometime around october i was getting ready to switch rims an tires. At that point when i drove in reverse (in a circle one way or the other) every 15 feet or so their would be a clunk and the feeling of running over a small stick. So i pulled the summer ones off put on the winter and it was gone, turns out i had prolonged changing my tires a bit to much. What was actually making the noise and feeling i don't know, But if you front tires are pretty worn out (specifically with low profile i run a 235/40 zr17) i might give that a shot before anything else.
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Old 06-14-2005, 11:07 PM
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That honestly wouldn't surprise me. The front left tire's been making odd sounds lately.

I'll call and get the tires replaced soon.
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