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Steering Column Question

Discussion in 'E46 (1999-2006)' started by mwurman, Jul 8, 2013.

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    mwurman

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    So my 330ci 'vert has 105k on it and i have kind of a clunk when i turn the wheel back and forth. Real subtle and seems to resonate up through the column. The car has brand new control arms/bushings, struts/mounts, sway links and tie rods. Rack is original. I was curious based on preliminary searching, that my issue might be with this guy, the coupler/UJ:

    http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330Ci-M54_3.0L/Steering/Column/ES52449/

    Anyone else have to replace this as well around these miles? I've also heard of inner tie rods coming loose at the rack?
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    charlson89

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    Yes I have replaced the steering column u joint on a couple cars for a clunk sound and sticking causing to much effort intermittently. But of course make sure all your suspension and tie rods are tight. Yes inner tie rods can also cause a clunking noise if they are loose. Also check ball joints on the control arms to make sure they are not loose either.
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    mwurman

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    Thanks! yeah the chassis is all nice and tight. I might replace that u joint to start and see if it goes away.

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