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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 06-24-2005, 08:40 PM
droopyzda1 droopyzda1 is offline
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Steering wheel play in my '93 318is

My car has a load of miles on it 239k to be exact. It runs fine but I have recently had play in the steering wheel. I can feel the play when I'm at a full stop and wiggle the steering wheel left to right. I checked the suspension and all the steering links, ball joint and tie rods look good and none of the boots are broken and oosing out grease. I do here a clunk after I make a turn and accelerate and it sounds like its coming from the rack and pinion or could it be that the front shocks and shock mounts be worn?? I know the rear shocks are going cause they are stiff. Also I can tell that the left front tire is wearing out from the inside a litle bit.
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Old 06-29-2005, 02:45 PM
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Any suggestions ?? Anyone ?????????
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Old 06-30-2005, 07:33 PM
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Hopefully itís not the rack and pinion (steering gear) because this means $$$. I would suspect tie rods since there is tire wear.

Maybe you have tried this:
If you can, lift the front of the car with the tires free and firmly jerk the tie rod ends (please don't let the car fall on you); any play is bad and evidence that replacement should be considered. When was your last alignment?

Also you say all of the boots and bushings and ball joints look good, but I would say look those over again, because this is a common source of clunking noises, especially if the mounting rubber for the wishbone is worn out.

Most shops will give a free estimate on front suspension work these days; personally I feel it is hard to diagnose suspension problems without being under the car, other than a semi-educated guesses.
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