E87 130i Steering Clunk

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E87 130i Steering Clunk

Post by jimic » Thu May 17, 2018 8:56 pm

I've searched the forum but not been able to find an answer - there is a slight "clunk" in the steering at parking speeds.

It's hard to explain, but feels like a "twang", like some tension is built up and then released through the steering column. Usually silent, but sometimes a slight thud can be heard.

It doesn't seem related to steering angle, but seems linked to the higher forces applied through the steering wheel at slow speeds, makes me think maybe steering column bearing?

I recently replaced all front suspension components bar the inner tie rods (shocks, springs, suspension arms, outer tie rods, ARB link, top mount), and it made no difference.

Any suggestions welcome. cheers.

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Re: E87 130i Steering Clunk

Post by bjt » Sun May 20, 2018 8:21 pm

Did you replace the top mounts?
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Re: E87 130i Steering Clunk

Post by marco_polo » Mon May 21, 2018 8:43 am

Most RWD cars will ping/twang when reversing with lots of steering lock, mine's particularly noticeable in winter.
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Re: E87 130i Steering Clunk

Post by jimic » Tue May 22, 2018 10:15 am

bjt wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 8:21 pm
Did you replace the top mounts?
Yep, both top mounts done, but no change.

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Re: E87 130i Steering Clunk

Post by jimic » Tue May 22, 2018 10:16 am

marco_polo wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 8:43 am
Most RWD cars will ping/twang when reversing with lots of steering lock, mine's particularly noticeable in winter.
It happens in forward and reverse and doesn't seem related to how much lock there is.

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