Steering is extra hard all of a sudden

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warhammer23
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Steering is extra hard all of a sudden

Post by warhammer23 »

Hi guys. All of a sudden my steering on my Z3 2.8 has become extra hard to steer at any moving speed, like something is putting extra friction, plus the weird noises as per the video.

https://youtu.be/VYq4Txx6E3g

1) I checked the reservoir and it's at proper level plus the liquid is clean
2) No leaks around the P/S pump or front cooling pipes
3) Serpentine belt is OK, no cracks and doesn't slip since there is no noise at the front and the alternator charges fully at idle >14.1x volts.

Maybe a bearing in the column?

http://bmwfans.info/parts-catalog/Z3-Ro ... #1158686_7

Thank you.
warhammer23
Joined: Sun 16 Feb, 2014 22:28
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Re: Steering is extra hard all of a sudden

Post by warhammer23 »

Sort it. So happy it was a simple one. The culprit was this spring. :shock:
Have no idea if I'm missing a cover or something but I just glanced at it and said why not - spray some WD40.
After a few lock to lock cycles, done. Steering is back. Can;t believe that spring is so strong that was canceling the power steering basically.

Will apply some proper grease since I know the WD40 will not last that long there and see if I can cover it somehow.
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