From digest.v7.n198 Sat Aug 30 23:07:09 1997
From: "Jacob J. Steijn" <Jacob.Steijn_at_dol.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 1997 19:52:31 -0400
Subject: !!Urgent, Please Read!! <E28> Re: E28 Steering
Have you taken a close look at the steering box mount lately? A "clunk" in
the steering is a clue that the mount may be broken. This is a common and
potentially very dangerous tendency in these cars.
The problem (as described several times previously in the Digest) is the
welded-on sheet metal "U" bracket to which the box is bolted. This part is
welded to the top of the subframe. It appears to be intended to provide
"roll" support - it is not the only support but it is locate so as to
prevent motion in the axis from front to back of the car. Anyway, it
breaks. As in off! Mine was, and several others have reported this also.
CHECK IT NOW!!!! (no apologies to anyone). Easiest to see from under the
car looking up.
I fixed mine by running a 7/16 x 6" bolt up through the subframe - there is
a very conveniently located through-hole which allows access to the
bolt-head - I used several washers to take up space and span the hole in
Have you checked out Steve Bernstein's E28 Brake FAQ? It has lots of good
info on diagnosing and fixing shimmy.
Jacob J. Steijn '88 M5
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