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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 05-19-2013, 11:32 AM
4dreuropean540i 4dreuropean540i is offline
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Question *Pic Q* Pitman arm...loose steering

Ok heres the issue, last year I replaced all the front suspension components with Lemforder with the exception of the centerlink. Ever since then and even before then the car felt loose and would have some slack in the steering wheel while driving in a straight line.

I have searched the issue and found that my pitman arm nut might need some tightening but does anyone have a pic of the arm itself and the loose nut in question? Any help would be appreciated thanks.

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Old 05-19-2013, 01:03 PM
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If you have more than 100k on the car, the tie rod ball joint at the pitman arm is probably worn out. The spline to which the arm is connected to the steering box is so tight that one needs a puller to remove it. I very much doubt the nut is loose.

Put the car on ramps, have someone rock the steering wheel back and forth. and individually grasp each joint connected to the tie rod. You'll be able to feel the movement at the ball joint.

I'm on my third tie rod (don't buy Meyle).
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:18 PM
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Thanks for the info and the Meyle tip
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