E46 323 Steering column play
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    Steering column play

    Hi all i have noticed slight play in my steering wheel,, I took a look at the column from where it exits the bulk head and there is slight movement there if i grab it and push pull at the joint.

    Is it a common problem and how much movement is acceptable?

    I will upload a mini clip for you to take a look..

    Thanks Steve
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    As its a technical question I've moved this thread to the 3 Series Forum Steve, hopefully it'll get better viewing here :thumsbup

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveo76 View Post
    Hi all i have noticed slight play in my steering wheel,, I took a look at the column from where it exits the bulk head and there is slight movement there if i grab it and push pull at the joint.

    Is it a common problem and how much movement is acceptable?

    I will upload a mini clip for you to take a look..

    Thanks Steve
    In what direction is the play in the wheel as you haven't said. For example if you have play in turning the wheel like a dead spot in the mniddle of the rack far more importand to make sure the rotation it transferered to the rack via the couplings than freeplay in the column botton bearing
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    Quote Originally Posted by e36coupe-328 View Post
    In what direction is the play in the wheel as you haven't said. For example if you have play in turning the wheel like a dead spot in the mniddle of the rack far more importand to make sure the rotation it transferered to the rack via the couplings than freeplay in the column botton bearing

    Thanks for moving this simonsays

    This is the exact same problem i am having>

    E46 steering joint change - YouTube

    Looks like the top UJ is worn...Is it as straight forward to change as the video shows?

    And i take it that the UJ is a dealer part only ........Best get saving my penny's..

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    Got this part from eBay lets hope im not replacing with another worn part

    Can't grumble at that price and if it is just as bad as my old one its only two bolts..

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    Did the job today and replaced it,,,Not a bad job to do ,,BUT..I did not line the splines up true to the steering wheel to road wheels

    My steering wheel is now very slightly left when i am going in a straight line


    I don't fancy buggering about taking it all off again so my question is>

    Could i cheat and just undo the steering wheel and move it slightly right to get everything bob on?

    THANKS
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    You can do that, just make sure you disconnect the battery 1st before you unplug the airbag

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    You can do that, just make sure you disconnect the battery 1st before you unplug the airbag

    Ok mate thanks,,,,i have no skin left on my knuckles that's why i wanted an alternate way of solving the problem......

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    I remember when I did mine on my car. Wasn't a pleasant job at all...
    It won't hurt to turn the steering wheel a spline or two to straighten it up...thumbsup

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