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Old 12-23-2003, 04:48 AM
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Help me please with an all of a sudden steering issue

All of a sudden I have a steering issue with my 2002 330ci sport package(build date April 2002). Please help me, Ill give as much detail as possible.

Drove to work yesterday and everything was fine. Get in the car to go home and even when I first started leaving the parking lot I noticed something seemed odd with the steering. It seemed lite almost like driving a grand marquis or something, not like my bmw with its heavy and sporty feel.

Its almost like it has power steering now. And it doesnt react normally, like if I jerk the wheel to the right or left really fast and back to center, nothing happens, normally the car would react immed to this. And at higher speeds it seems to float and also react to road camber, with the wheel turning sharply to one side when slowing down. It does still track straight though, and the wheel is centered.

Now I've had this car for over a 1 1/2 and this all of a sudden just happened. Car has 25k miles on it. I checked tire pressure and its the same as I always run it. Only work Ive ever had done on car is 1st maintenance and that was back in May. Havent hit any bumps or had any recent problems, this just all of a sudden happened. I mean the car was absolutely fine when I drove it to work, no problems. 9 hours later I hop in and all of a sudden this problem. Only recent thing was an automatic car wash this past weekend, maybe something there to the undercarriage?

Anyway, I read some other threads, and do notice a noise sometimes almost like the noise the passenger mirror makes when it goes up and down when shifting in and out of Reverse. I dont think Ive noticed this before. Could this be a problem with the steering pump? I would think a problem with the steering pump would cause a heavier feel not a lighter feel. Could the steering pump be overboosting or something? I really have no idea about this stuff. Tierods, control rods, I have no idea what they are or if that could be the problem. Help me please.

Anyway, any help you could give would be great, I want to be able to suggest some things to the dealer to make sure it gets fixed properly the first time. I want my ole bmw back not the grand marquis i have now.
2014 X5 50i M Sport w/DHP
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