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Hi all,

I am about 40% of the way restoring my toy.

However, I have noticed when I wibble the steering wheel (not a lot) left and right, there is some play. What I mean is that when I wibble the steering wheel, the front wheels themselves do not move.

The same happens when I drive the car on the road, if I jiggle the steering wheel, the car still stays in a straight line.

I would appreiciate some advice.

Many thanks,

BMW 840ci
 

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Hi all,

I am about 40% of the way restoring my toy.

However, I have noticed when I wibble the steering wheel (not a lot) left and right, there is some play. What I mean is that when I wibble the steering wheel, the front wheels themselves do not move.

The same happens when I drive the car on the road, if I jiggle the steering wheel, the car still stays in a straight line.

I would appreiciate some advice.

Many thanks,

BMW 840ci
do these not have a steering box??? if so am sure you can adjust the box:thumbsup
 

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Steering box does have a slack adjustment screw. The procedure is in the e31 FAQs that are on wuffer.ca for download. There are other, less palatable, possibilities but I'd start with slack adjustment and see how you go.
 

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I found the steering box slack adjustment a piece of cake, once the heat shield is off the adjustment screw is easily accessed and you just back off the locking nut and tighten it (in small increments, you don't want to over tighten or you'll trash the box).
 

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Risk of zombie raising but how?

I found the steering box slack adjustment a piece of cake, once the heat shield is off the adjustment screw is easily accessed and you just back off the locking nut and tighten it (in small increments, you don't want to over tighten or you'll trash the box).
Me and two mechanics have looked at this and cannot see how on earth we are meant to adjust this. Can anyone shed some light please because right now I'm looking at a costly trip to a specialist for what feels like the wrong reasons.
 

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So they designed it so only BMW can adjust this?!

Not a chance - I ain't having that. The garage say they can't do it and to go to BMW but no way.

It's just a nut and a hex key, so I ain't taking out a mortgage for that.

I'm guessing I've to remove the heat shield, remove the manifold, make sure I can figure out how to get snapped bolts out as required and put it all back again after. None of which I done before.

But I think I'll feel loads better buggering it up myself than giving in to being financially abused for four hours of labour just to adjust this box! :).
 

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the heatshield on my 850 has a small access hole so it is possible to adjust without removing the shield. It didn't do me much good mind you as the play is still there. I was a bit worried about over tightening and buggering up the box completely.
 
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