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2002 Bmw 530I Rack/steering Issue....need Help


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A non BMW mechanic friend of mine is working on a 2002 530i. Customer said it has really tight steering like it had no power. My buddy (who is an excellent mech) confirmed and installed a new rack and pinion. Customer drove it home and around a couple days and symptom returned, so it was agreed that they would try a new power steering pump. All seemed well again for a couple days and back to where they started from. My friend noted that the steering wheel does not want to center after turning. Anything he is missing? Car has 100K miles. Any help is appreciated....I did try off topic but got no replys. Thanks Morgan

 

 

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The pattern failure on that car is actually the pump. R&P problems are fairly uncommon. There is a filter screen in the PS fluid reservoir which can stop up with debris from pump wear, preventing fluid flow. Failure to center following a turn, however, is indicative of a binding steering component, tie rod end, ball joint, etc. Was the replacement R&P a high quality (i.e. ZF) part?

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