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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 09-02-2012, 09:55 AM
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BMW E39 steering dumper question

I think i found my steering column rattle

what is this part and why it shakes ? This rubber is under steering column close to steering wheel

http://s709.photobucket.com/albums/w...t=P1010995.mp4

i think this part

17 Vibration absorber 1 32311093829 $61.81 +core

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and us usual the price for this dump peace of rubber is around $60
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i think you are right #17.

have you tried shopping on furiousmethod.com for the best price?

perhaps someone parting out a car will have one in good condition.
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:22 PM
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used will be the same i think, this one you need to buy new

holy crap ... 60$ for peace of rubber
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:54 AM
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slightly better at $49

http://www.thebmwpartstore.com/index...partnum=accept

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http://ebmwparts.com/parts/index.cfm...earch&make=BMW
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:26 AM
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thanks topaz ...
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I remember this piece of rubber being loose just like yours when I was replacing the broken steering wheel lock-not the ignition lock but the thing that locks the steering wheel when you turn the wheel without the key in the ignition. I have no idea how that damper is supposed to work but I never heard a rattle after all the plastic covers were reinstalled.

I do know that the steering column should be under spring tension. It is held under tension by the circlip/snap ring that rests in a groove on the steering column just under the steering wheel and is secured by a collar. I would imagine that the column would rattle if not under this tension but you could not get the steering wheel back on without this tension unless several parts were removed.

All the parts are shown here

http://www.penskeparts.com/DiagramsM...5493&md=199907
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For reference, see also this thread today ...
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > How is steering damper mounted?
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