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Old 12-12-2016, 11:18 PM
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2010 BMW X1 sDrive - find the steering very heavy

Hi There,
I have a 2010 X1 sDrive waggon and find the steering very heavy and my wife has the same problem. Does anyone know of a modification that will make the stering lighter/ easier to handle. This is ver prominent at low speed e.g. reversing ets.
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Old 12-13-2016, 10:28 AM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest! I've moved your question to our X1 forum, you'll get more feedback in here. That stiff steering is one of BMWs hallmark characteristics. There is nothing I'm aware of that you can do about it.

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Old 12-13-2016, 11:50 AM
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The steering is typically fairly heavy on hydraulic assisted BMW's. I'm not aware you could really do anything to make it easier. Keep in mind this is something most people like BMW for.
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Old 12-13-2016, 03:03 PM
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Thanks for the reply. I do remember something about have a "servotronic" fitted but cannot find out details. Jimbo
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Old 12-13-2016, 04:21 PM
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Keep in mind this is something most people like BMW for.
Exactly this... The hydraulic steering is one of my favorite things on my X1

I'm actually surprised that my wife is even happy with it. I was really expecting her to dislike it when it came to parking, backing up, etc.
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Old 12-13-2016, 06:14 PM
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Do you have this "servotronic" fitted to your car
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Old 12-16-2016, 12:28 PM
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No I don't have the servotronic option.
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IIRC sdrive x1 comes in EPS only. It's considered light by traditionalist bmw owners. So you commenting being heavy feeling makes me wonder if something is awry...
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Sorry for the delay in responding but I have been waiting for a reply from BMW Australia.
My car was never fitted with a Servotronic assistance system.

From BMW Australia they say I had done as much as possible other than replacing the whole steering mechanism that has a Servotronic system fitted. Very expensive.
So as an alternate they have suggested I put additional air in the tyres e.g. at present I use 38psi so their suggestion is to take it up to 44psi. I already had removed the 4 runflates and fitted Bridgestone 215/55R17 94V BS EP100 ECO. The Tyre Code of 94V means that the tyre has a maximum pressure of 52.5psi hence the suggestion that I start with 44psi in all the tyres
2 days ago I increased all tyres from 38psi to 44psi, and it has made a noticeable difference to low speed driving. So far so good.
Because I don't have a spare tyre I have bought the Sleeze Kit in case of a flat tyre.
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Interesting suggestion.... Wouldn't that cause uneven wear on the tires and reduce grip?
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:52 PM
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My 2014 s28i had such easy EPS that I was turning in too quick.

I put 12mm spacers on my 355m 8x18 front wheels, and it firmed it up where I like it more.

So check the wheels you have, and the ET on them and get back to us.

A higher ET would pull wheels inward, and might hit the scrub radius better.
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:49 AM
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For Australian conditions e.g no snow, ice etc the inner wear of the tyre is negligble according to Bridgestone and BMW Australia.
I am lost with 0w40X1 reply and I think we have different vehicles. Sounds interesting but needs to have enough information to give the instructions to a WHO?? aligment, tyre fitter, wheel manufacturer, ?????.
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Old 01-09-2017, 01:45 AM
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Even the X1 X28i cars are said to feel very heavy.

They are all wheel drive, and hydraulic steering.

I described moving the front wheels outward 1/2 inch which made steering feel heavier for my car.

Wheels have different ET's; mine are 30 on front and another wheel in a 8 x19 is 37 which means it's 7mm closer inward, and might feel lighter.

It's probably hard to do much about steering design now.
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Old 01-09-2017, 04:32 PM
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My car is a X1 sDrive 1.8 Waggon.
At this time I will work with the tyre pressure of 44psi all around.
I have had my service garage measure the depth of each tyre tread at 4 spots around the tyre and take photos of this area also e.g. @ 90 degrees, permanent mark on the inside of the tyre so the May measurements will be taken from the same spots . My next service is due in May 2017 and we will cross check the tyre measurements and photos at that time also. The present Bridgestone convential tyres have only done 2205 kms.
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