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You really have to pull either the box or the column-

(I'm guessing you already have the box loose?)

and you also have to take the pinch bolts all the way out, and

even then sometimes whop on it a bit. I use a screwdriver to spread

the clamps, and then a copper- faced hammer where needed.

It seems to be a universal feature of BMW steering shafts-

they REALLY don't ever want to come loose.


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There should be a braided strap or a "spring" that connects the one side of the coupling to the other side. It provides continuity of ground for your horn.

Remember to "pre-load" the steering column when you reinstall.

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Hi Steve, I was wondering the reason you are working on you steering box. May be I missed prior messages but I don't see where you state the problem.

I'm having a 'gap' on mine when turning left, plus a 'play' on the steering wheel of about 3". I was looking here for advice on how to deal with it. I wonder if there is any adjustments you can make before looking into replacing box.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have had the car for 3 months.



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