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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 12-29-2010, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by chirojoe View Post
next step is a rack
In the bestlinks thread, I just did a browser find (control f) for "steering rack" and only found this ... hope it helps:
- Steering Rack replacement (528i/no pics)
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Old 12-29-2010, 11:27 AM
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Thanks BB. Alot of helpful info there. Maybe I can talk the mechanic into letting me in on the work beings that he misdiagnosised the problem.
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Old 12-29-2010, 02:28 PM
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I had similar symptoms, but the effort wasn't consistant enough that I just lived with this intermittent issue until one left turn too many and I heard a load bam/bang under the hood and all steering assist disappeared...ran 3 or 4 lights trying to keep the engine from boiling, not realizing that the serpentine belt was back at the bam/bang spot on the pavement.

Needless to say, I shut the car down when I knew I could coast into Harmony Motorworks...needle never did peg, but it was climbing fast. One power steering pump later, I was cruzin'...I have no idea if I did a fluid change when the prob first reared its ugly head would have prevented this, but @ 90k I guess I got-off easy.
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Old 12-12-2014, 07:47 AM
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Old thread - but no one has mentioned here that the stiff steering could come from the lower steering shaft u-Joint. Apparently if one uses some kind of rust remover like liquid wrench or WD-40 and then greases with lithium grease (after an overnight soak in the WD-40) then the stiffness goes away.

Does anyone have any pics of what has to be done to get access to the lower steering shaft on an E39 (1998 528i(
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:42 PM
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For the record, the hard steering question came up again today ...
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > Power Steering Failure Symptoms?
Originally Posted by Fudman View Post
I have an issue with my power steering. It feels "heavy", like there is little power assist at standstill or low speeds. It feels fine once I am moving faster. Not a major problem and something that can wait until the snow melts before I tackle it. I noticed this issue after the car sat for a month this winter while I was gone. When I noticed it a few weeks ago, I thought initially that it might be either my snow tires or low ATF. The ATF was a bit low so I added a bit. No change to the steering. After I changed the snow tires out last week, there was still no difference. The ATF level is still fine. Hence, I see no obvious reason for this issue. I tried searching for symptoms of a failing power steering pump but came up empty. I have the DIY for replacing the pump and will do the fix if I can confirm the cause of my problem. My questions are:

1. Has anyone ever felt a "heavy" steering wheel? If yes, what was the cause?
2. For anyone that has replaced their power steering pump, what were the symptoms prior to your replacement?

Any feedback is appreciated.
See also these found by searching titles only in the E39 forum here for "hard steering" ...
Please read the suggested threads, where the best always add value to those threads, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person with the same problem stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 03-31-2015, 02:32 AM
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Originally Posted by cn90 View Post
If PS Reservoir level is OK, then bad steering comes from either:
1. Bad PS Pump
2. Bad Steering Rack
Or both.
Agree with #2 , my steering rack's leaking , and the mechanic told me that I must fix it ASAP or the steering wheel will be rough
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