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Old 10-17-2010, 10:07 AM
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2003 X5 Steering problem

My '03 X5 has developed a catch in the steering. The noise appears to be in the column and clicks and catches when turning. There is no fluid leaking and no noise from the rack. Any ideas?
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Old 10-17-2010, 03:47 PM
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i have same problem, it lags on the steering sometimes right? i took it to the mechanic, he said mattering how bad the damage is, it can be the whole steering pump and/or rack and pinion.
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:50 PM
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My '03 X5 has developed a catch in the steering. The noise appears to be in the column and clicks and catches when turning. There is no fluid leaking and no noise from the rack. Any ideas?
What ever came of this?
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Old 11-02-2010, 08:55 PM
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i have same problem, it lags on the steering sometimes right? i took it to the mechanic, he said mattering how bad the damage is, it can be the whole steering pump and/or rack and pinion.
Do you ever take the advice of your mechanic? I haven't been on these forums for quite a while, let alone the X5 forums since I only purchased it about a year ago...I spend most of my time on xoutpost.com. Don't flatter yourself since I've been replying on a lot of threads you've posted on, but I have to admit that I keep coming across your posts on the random threads that I'm looking at and it seems to be the same thing everytime w/ you specifically where you complain of issues your having, someone tells you specifically what's wrong, yet you frequently fail to do what's advised. The 4.6 (and even in red!) is a spectacular engine in the X5, but I feel sorry for yours as it seems it's getting neglected due to constant budgeting issues from each response you post in regards to what it's going to cost to fix it. Do you not realize what BMW stands for, and that it's not a Honda?
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:19 PM
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Turns out, it was the steering column u-joint. Greased it and it's fine. My independent said he has seen one other X5 do the same thing.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:00 AM
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Hey rmfthird, I had the same issue and I had the steering column u-joint greased as well and the problem was solved saved me $1k in parts and another $500 - $1k in labor!
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:30 PM
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Hi rmfthird:

I just read your post about the steering column problem. It seems that I have the same one. The question is how you open the steering column to grease it? Please let me know. Thank

Peternguyen
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:15 PM
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Look in the engine bay where the steering column comes out of the firewall. There's a u joint exposed there on the steering linkage. Spray it with lithium grease.
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Old 09-06-2014, 08:08 AM
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I know this is an old post but with aging E53s, wanted to say this is the perfect fix if you are having some binding while turning the wheel and all the tie rods, linkages, steering fluid, etc look good. Just did it on my 2003 3.0i (156,500 mi) and it eliminated the issue.
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