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Steering Column Bearing Refurbishment

Steering Column Bearing Refurbishment

The first time driving the car after 5 1/2 year restoration I quickly remembered the buzzing on acceleration and shaking in my steering column. Unfortunately I had forgotten about it while most everything was completely disassembled.  And as someone who notices every rattle, it was driving me nuts.   Doing research on FAQ, there was information on loading the steering column but nothing about repairing or replacing a steering column bearing.  I put the question on the forum and receive

wojo

wojo

Changing Front Strut Bearings

Changing Front Strut Bearings

Changing the strut bearings means getting the struts out. I can deal with engines and drivelines, but I know diddly squat about suspension, so I got hopelessly confused by both the terminology, and by what attaches to what, functions how, and can move in which way. Hence, here's a pictorial guide to changing strut bearings. You know you will want to change yours if there are large cracks in the rubber support, even though I now realise that the consequences of the rubber support failing are not

tups

tups

Early cars and steering idler bushing options

Early cars and steering idler bushing options

I have been struggling with one part of my front subframe/suspension rebuild for a few weeks - the steering idler arm bushing. Getting the old one out was tough enough, but that was nothing compared to finding a replacement part. I wish I had researched more beforehand to understand the options for owners of early cars with the 29mm idler arm bushings before I pounded the old ones out and destroyed them. It's well documented on this forum that the bushing part # 32211115116 is not suitable for

stuff

stuff

Dropping the front subframe

Dropping the front subframe

Before I dropped my front subframe, I searched the site for articles that provided the details on how to do this.  There were a lot of bullet pointed lists, one or two chronicles and a few older articles that no longer had working images or links.   Althought the process is pretty straightforward, it is always helpful to have a little detail, so here is my attempt to provide it.     Since I'm working solo on this car, I am breaking things down into one-person jobs.  I already have my e

Hodgepodge

Hodgepodge

Wheel Chamber and Handling Performance

Wheel Chamber and Handling Performance

Wheel Camber and Handling Performance Written by Jeff Ireland Tuesday, 13 September 2005 Introduction: Of the many factors that can affect the handling of your '02, wheel camber is one of the most important. You can spend a large amount of money on tires, wheels, shocks and springs, and sit back and wonder why "lesser" cars continuously outpace you on the track. Chances are, they are just set up better, and part of this setup is getting the camber right. Negative camber is when the top of the

hegedus

hegedus

Suspension Rehab

Suspension Rehab

This write-up was revised on 8 Aug 2013. The photos in the original post were lost due to me fiddling around on Photobucket and breaking the links. I tried to recover most of what was originally there but some photos have escaped me. The suspension can be rehabbed in pieces or completely. Defining "completely" is scetchy. Completely can mean all of the bushings, brake components plus shock and strut components. Let's tackle the suspension bushings first. This is not a technical writing but a

BillWilliams

BillWilliams

Tires for OEM13" Rims

Tires for OEM13" Rims

Caveat - I have no association with the tire business whatsoever, just sharing what I found with fellow 02ers. I looked around all the tire shops locally and spent a good amount of time on the internet as well. For those of you wanting to stay with a 13'' X 5" OEM steel wheel you'll soon find that tire choices are a bit limited. They're out there, but the 185-70r-13 is extremely limited. However, I did find a Toyo 185-70-13 which appeared to be a decent tire and was available at o

02in

02in

How to fix leaking steering box input shaft seal

How to fix leaking steering box input shaft seal

Written by Ray Daley Saturday, 16 September 2006 While I had my subframe out I fixed my leaking steering box. Mine was leaking from the input shaft. Compiled by _z_ from the form post How to fix leaking steering box input shaft seal by Ray_73Turkis_OH I had the steering box on my work bench and I was able to remove the shaft seal without taking the steering box apart. I did this by poking a small screw driver along the side the input shaft and into the inside edge of the seal and prying up,

hegedus

hegedus

Control Arm Bushing Installation

Control Arm Bushing Installation

I came cross this thread (originally was posted by @jerry in Dec. 2006) while was planning to rehab control arm bushings in my car. I read folks talk about replacing entire control arm because is difficult to press new bushings in. So I decided to give it a try on only one arm and see what happens. Well, it worked and procedure is SPOT-ON. Thanks to Author (Jerry). Following is the link to original post. The procedure is also copy and pasted here just in case the link not working properly or is 

Buckeye

Buckeye

How to do Front Wheel Bearing Maintenance

How to do Front Wheel Bearing Maintenance

Need to do your yearly front wheel bearing maintenance? this description outlines basic process for doing this on 320i hubs, but the process is similar for 2002 hubs. Jack up car place jackstands under car remove front wheels unbolt calipers from struts. hang them from springs. do not let them dangle by the hoses. use channel locks to pull bearing cap off remove cotter pin on axle nut remove axle nut pull hub off axle. keep finger on the outer washer so that outer bearing doe

M3M3M3

M3M3M3

How to do Front Wheel Alignment

How to do Front Wheel Alignment

alignments are easy on 2002's. here is one simple way to approach the job. Other who have done this or want to add the “string method” chime in. here is a 5min how to on setting alignment on a 2002. If you are starting from a recent suspension assembly, eyeball the front wheels straight, put the steering box in the middle, and the steering wheel centered. Make sure the tie rods are the same length. If checking toe on an intact car or have completed the above on new front parts.. Center the w

M3M3M3

M3M3M3

Front Alignment Specs

Front Alignment Specs

Contributed by John Aho Saturday, 31 December 2005 Introduction: Ideally your local wheel alignment store will have these specs in their computer, but it wouldn't hurt to have these in hand when you bring your car in. If you are setting your toe by hand, be as accurate as possible as the specs are fairly fine and most likely within the margin of error of any hand-setting technique. Toe Basics: "Toe" is the setting of the front wheel alignment that specifies whether the two front wheels point

hegedus

hegedus

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