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    Sticky Steering Saga Continues

    There is a string of messages regards to sticking steering going back a couple of years. Since I just got a very low mileage 2004 Z4 and it started having the "classic" sticking steering as described by several others I am wondering if there are any owners satisfied with the repairs, mods, etc.?KWIK AG


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    100% satisfied

    My car was one of the first which BMW fixed. The problem was with the rack, if I recall correctly. I filed a complaint with the NHTSA, and BMW contacted me when they had a fix.

    Ever since the part was replaced, the change in steering response has been like night and day. The steering has a uniform weight and feel, regardless of the ambient temperature. I couldn't be happier.

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    same here...


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    Re: same here...

    Can you give me any specifics regards to what BMW did to correct the problem?

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    Re: check tire pressure

    This car is very sensitive to incorrect tire pressure.I use 32psi for the fronts and 35psi rear.Handling and perfomance is excellent!Tramlining gone,no sticky steering ,steering feels tight and does not dart out when changing lanes.The best way to get the correct pressure for me is I slightly over inflate the tires at the gas station drive home wake up early in the morning and just before the sun hits my tires I adjust the tire pressure.Try it !I love my Z it drives like a dream!!!

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    PUMA Case #

    Your dealership may can reference my PUMA case as # 5161146

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    Re: PUMA Case #

    Thanks for the information.

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    Re: check tire pressure

    My first thought was that a runflat was flat, but turned out not to be the case. The sticking started after a drive and the car sitting in a parking lot for about 2 hours, with the temperature over 100F.

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    Got the run around from dealer and BMWNA

    Same problem happened to my Z. In fact it is so bad that I don't want to drive it on long trips now. BMWNA said they haven't heard about this issue (right....). Dealership faxed a sheet dated 12/16/2004, which said they are hearing complaints, but don't change any parts.

    So, anyone out there any any other service numbers that people can dig up and I can use? I gave them the PUMA number used here.

    BMW is letting me down on this issue.

    J.

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    Re: Sticky Steering Saga Continues

    Mine was repaired late last year and so far, so good... I'm really waiting for a few hot days this summer to truly put it to the test but I have faith it will be fine.I'm not tailgating, I'm drafting!

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    Another data point...

    I live in western Washington - high temps not a big problem here. The ONE time it happened to me it was when I was driving home late one night this winter when temp was below 40, sky clear, top down, heat on FULL. After about 20 min w/ heat blasting at my feet it began to exhibit the symptoms so often described here. This leads me to the following conclusions:

    1) NOT tire pressure related
    2) NOT tire size/type related (Dunlop Wintersports)
    3) possibly components affected located w/in the footwell

    Hasn't happened again, but plan on following up w/ BMW and NHTSA when I've got the time.

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    Re: Another data point...

    Interesting.

    My Z is at the dealer today.

    Of course, the steering has stopped sticking, the weather is cooler, although as you have mentioned ambient temp may or may not be the problem.

    I described the problem to the service rep and gave him the PUMA # that CHADDER007 posted.


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    Re: Sticky Steering Saga Continues

    I had this problem and was one of the first to speak with BMWNA about it. After 2 or 3 abortive efforts to correct, it was finally fixed by replaceing the steering column with one that BMWNA shipped to my dealer. It has been about 9 or 10 months and no evidence of the problem recurring. BMWNA is aware of the issue and has a fix, so if you are having the problem, your dealer should be able to get what they need to fix it.

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    Re: Sticky Steering Saga Continues

    One what was shipped to the dealer?

    A steering column?

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    That's BS... They DO have a fix for this.

    After about a year of just constantly checking with my local BMW service shop and BMWNA, they finally shipped a steering column that seemed to fix the issue.

    I live in Houston, TX, and it's been hitting the 90's lately. Over a year ago before I got the updated column, steering on my Z4 would be pretty much undriveable in these temperatures. However, it drives beautifully now regardless of how hot it is.

    Don't give up... anyone telling you there isn't a fix for this is a LIAR.

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    Re: That's BS... They DO have a fix for this.

    I had my steering column replaced also due to sticky steering. It was quite dangerous, and I am still shocked that BMWNA has not issued a recall. I was all over the road when it happened....like steering with a big sponge, over-correcting and under-correcting. I too got the runaround at first. Other posts helped identify the problem and force them to acknowledge the issue. Anyway, seems to work fine now.

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    Yep

    Evidently they are made specific to your VIN# (who knows why), however, it is not a stock part. When BMW NA shipped one to my dealer, a part was broken and it took two weeks for another to arrive and be installed. I was provided an X3 for that time (nice, but not my idea of fun).

    It has been nine months and I have experienced no sticky steering issue since it was replaced. After sitting in the sun for hours, the steering may seem just a slight bit heavier, but I can attribute that to hot tires on a hot surface, which is a normal experience.

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    There's your problem

    A sheet dated 2004? They did not have a definite fix back then, however, by last summer they were delivering steering columns to everyone that had made a complaint. Mine was replaced last August and the problem is gone.

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    Actually, I had the same feeling

    that the problem was around the firewall, however, even a cooling 30 minute ride home would not correct the problem.

    When they replaced the steering column, they did take out the entire thing (wheel to whatever). The fix works; no problem in about 10 months.

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    Re: PUMA Case #

    I took the car to local BMW dealer on May 25, 2006. When I called to make the appointment I explained the steering had been very "sticky" on May 20, after a long drive and two hours in a hot parking lot. On the drive to the dealer the steering seemed smooth. I gave the service writer the PUMA number that I received via message board and drove a loaner home. The next day the service writer called to say they could not find any problem and there was no record of a problem having ever occcured on the computer. I was told to bring it in when the problem was actually happening. He said the PUMA number was bogus.


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