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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 11-25-2012, 03:04 AM
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heavy steering and wont self center

ive had my bmw 316i for a few months now, when i got it the steering was perfect very light and no problem with self centering.
now for some reason the steering is heavy and the car wont self center. anyone any ideas before i take it to the garage?
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:55 AM
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Power steering pump is gone? Probably needs to be replaced.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:32 AM
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yeah i did think that thanx mate
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:00 AM
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And of course, check your the fluid level in your power steering reservoir for the correct amount and condition.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:09 AM
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Could also be your lower steering column bearing. They tend to dry out and bind. When that happens it can feel like you've lost your power steering.
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