Hi all. I'm new here. I thought this would be a great place to possibly help me sort this out. I took my car in today because the steering has been less responsive than normal and I noticed a "clicking" type of sound if I jolt the wheel. I took it to a German auto mechanic and he said it is my steering coupler. Also said I need a new battery, and that the belt tensioner (I am pretty sure that's what it's called) needs to be replaced because it's making vibrating noises. He said $200 for the coupler, $225 for the battery, and $400 for the belt thing. I have an appointment at BMW this week to take it in, and I took it to this guy just to see what he said and what his prices are. I called BMW today just to compare the battery price- they want $386 for the battery! I went down to AutoZone and they have the battery for my car for $130. My question for you is this: Does a steering coupler sound like it that could be the reason behind my steering issue and the noise? BMW had never even heard of it when I asked them and they said I need to bring it in. (The guy said it connects the steering column to the steering rack unit.) Second, the belt tensioner I didn't think was an issue. My car has always made this noise so I never was alarmed by it, he drove it today and was the one that pointed it out. Is that a big issue? Also, he said he would have to align it after doing the steering thing and charges $90 for that. I am pretty sure where I bought my tires does it for free. Is it really imperative it's done at the mechanic right after he fixes it? Ok, thank you so much for any help you all can offer! My trips to BMW always seem to end up costing around $2,000, so I'm REALLY trying to avoid that! I have always taken it to a BMW dealer, but this time around I'm checking out my options.