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Old 05-05-2012, 02:18 PM
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Sorry to revive an old thread but my steering wheel stopped going up and down yesterday and thanks to this thread I had it fixed in 10 minutes... was that crazy washer stuck casing it not to move

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Old 05-07-2012, 04:55 AM
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No worries man. I wish they would make this a sticky thread.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:21 PM
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No worries man. I wish they would make this a sticky thread.
The steering column on my 2002 BMW 745i doesn't adjust when I use the adjustment button. its used to go up and down when i put the fob key and removing the key, it go back to it old position,but now There is no response. However, it does adjust to the preset position with the memory button. Any ideas regarding the problem? I checked all the fuses in the trunk and glove box everything seems to be good working order? When i removed Front both seats adjustment fuse and i put it back in and got in car push the button it did work for little bit and then its stop? why its doing it, can it be DIY on it i know its really headache.Plzzz help me on this
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:28 AM
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:40 PM
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hi everyone, ive been browsing this forum for a while now but first time posting...the furum has helped me quite a few times with my z4. just purchased a 2006 750Li yesterday and just wanted to say thank you for this very helpful DIY.

same problem as most posters, tilt is (was) stuck in the up position. i took the top and bottom trim off and wedged a thin flat head screwdriver in the slit of the washer. 3-4 taps with the hammer and felt a click. works perfect.

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tapping with the screwdriver on the washer itself, regardless of angle did not fix the problem (for me anyways).

if the slit in the washer is in a position where you cannot easily access it from the top, simply remove the bottom column cover where you will have a better contact point. its one screw, however it took a bit of finessing to pry it off.

i took the thinnest flat head i could find and just placed it against the slit. i would estimate i hit the hammer with about the same force as if i were nailing finishing nails in flat pack furniture, if that helps anyone.

the force should spread the slit slightly and i think this is why it worked for me.

Thanks for the thread, saved me a nice chunk of change. i'll be sure to post in the newbie intro section soon.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:07 PM
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Thank you worked for me!

Thank you to all for this thread. I was able to unstick my up and down steering column. Was initially tapping it gently using another screw driver but it did not do the job. After a few weeks I tried it again this time with the hammer as posted, and yes it did do the job. The weight of the hammer was necessary. It also helped that I had a buddy hold the flash light with one hand while pushing the down steering column button on the other as I tapped the washer with the hammer. Sure enough on the second tap, the pressure on the washer was released and the steering column finally moved down! Put some wd40 on the screw and now it moves up and down as it should!

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Old 09-10-2012, 02:52 PM
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So then by "tapped it with a hammer" do you mean that the silver washer is supposed to spin freely around the brass cylinder ?
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:58 PM
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So then by "tapped it with a hammer" do you mean that the silver washer is supposed to spin freely around the brass cylinder ?
NO!! I believe it is welded. The taping just loosens things up.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:07 AM
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Guys ,, big thanks from thousands of miles away ..
I had my 760li fixed with that method .. I tapped it 5 times with a hammer anticlockwise and saved myself hundreds of dollars .
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:26 AM
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I know its an old post, but you might guys be able to help me. So, what am i suppose to be tapping the white plastic thing, or the ring?

Here is a picture of mine, please if its possible point out what exactly I need to try to move with the hammer.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:53 AM
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the white plastic thing is the threaded sleeve that the worm screw is in. you want to tap the top part where the screw meets the washer on the top. your trying to giggle it so the vibration will loosen the grease that is seizing the wormscrew. just listen for a change in the sound when your tapping it.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:55 AM
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change that. i couldnt see the notch in your washer but i see it now. put the screwdriver in that notch on the washer and tap. it will flex the washer and that should free it up.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:25 AM
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I know its an old post, but you might guys be able to help me. So, what am i suppose to be tapping the white plastic thing, or the ring?

Here is a picture of mine, please if its possible point out what exactly I need to try to move with the hammer.
When I fixed my friends car I tapped on the thing that looks like a washer that in your picture is sitting just above the white plastic cover. I also sprayed some WD 40 on it. It took me 3 or 4 attempts before it finally loosened. The first few times I tried, because it was not my car I was a little to gentle when tapping the screw driver with the hammer & it did not work but after about the 3rd or 4th attempt I got a bit more aggressive & it finally loosened. I don't think you want to place the screw driver on the plastic & chance it cracking. gl
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:21 AM
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I am so sorry guys, am not a native english speaker, so its kinnda hard for me understand whats the washer is. I have numbered couple stuff in the picture. Could you please name the number where I should be tapping.

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Old 05-29-2013, 08:44 AM
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I am so sorry guys, am not a native english speaker, so its kinnda hard for me understand whats the washer is. I have numbered couple stuff in the picture. Could you please name the number where I should be tapping.

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Number 1 will likely do but just below number 1 is a round silver washer. The silver washer is what I was hitting.

So to recap, number 1 is a round copper colored thing & number 2 is the plastic piece & the washer is in between those numbers. gl
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:04 AM
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Oh Oh, i see what you mean. The silver thing that looks like a ring. I will give it a try right now, and hopefully I can get it fixed
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Old 05-29-2013, 09:17 AM
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No luck!! but a one more question, am i just tapping it, or i shot hit towards me or towards the engine?
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:48 AM
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No luck!! but a one more question, am i just tapping it, or i shot hit towards me or towards the engine?
I don't understand your question. All I can say is put the head of the screw driver anywhere on the silver ring so that when you hit the screw driver with the hammer, the head of the screw driver does not slip off the silver ring. Give it a good hit 5 or 10 times. Also, before you do this, try squirting some WD 40 on the unit. As I said earlier, I tried 3 or 4 times within a 2 week period before it finally loosened up for me. Before each attempt I would squirt some more WD 40 on the unit first. gl

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Old 05-31-2013, 11:16 AM
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Thanks for the tip, just tried this on my E66, 5 minutes and its working like a charm.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:32 PM
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Steering column up and down DIY fix.

I need to attempt this soon as well.


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Old 06-04-2013, 04:05 AM
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Thanks for the tip, just tried this on my E66, 5 minutes and its working like a charm.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:05 AM
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Just insert the screwdriver where the notch is on the washer and tap it. If doing it from under the steering wheel, then go anti-clockwise. One or two hits should be sufficient to open or loosen the washer so that it can move freely.
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:38 PM
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Smile Fantastic Solution

Wife was not happy. Looking at a dealer visit $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Three taps on the screw driver, "Viola" I am so glad for this blog. I work with several BMW drivers, some with 7's and will definitely pass this on. Thanks to Dannydos!
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Old 07-22-2013, 04:49 PM
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Did anyone with squeaking try this and has success? My wheel goes up down and out with no problems but when I stop or start the car it squeaks going up and down. Tried WD-40 and the hammer trick, no joy.

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Old 07-22-2013, 10:40 PM
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Awesome!! Just did this on mine too!! Quick 5 min fix!!! Works great now
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