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Thread: Play in steering wheel after FCAB replacement / Clockspring-steering angle sensor replacement / alignment

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    Play in steering wheel after FCAB replacement / Clockspring-steering angle sensor replacement / alignment

    A local independent shop did some work on my '04 coupe last month. Relevant (I think) items were a) replacing the FCAB's, b) performing an alignment, and c) replacing the steering angle sensor (spiral cable/clockspring). Before these repairs, I recall my steering wheel having virtually zero play. And now it has...some. Not a ton...maybe a few degrees. But I can now definitely wiggle the steering wheel when the car is totally stopped, while before I recall there being no play in that kind of scenario. Same feeling when driving (at any speed)...before the repairs: zero play; now: a bit of free wiggle. Car otherwise feels and runs great.

    Any suggestions for

    i) a list of things that could possibly have gone wrong in the course of any of the above that would cause this symptom
    ii) a list of things unrelated to the above that might cause this symptom (or just generally a list of things to check if someone told you about that symptom)
    iii) what other info I could pass along/things to try that might pin down what the issue is?

    I'd love to be able to go back to the shop with some specific suggestions.

    Thanks!

    2004 E46 330ci ZHP Coupe | Mystic Blue/Black Leather

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    Check about the steering coupler, PN 32301094703. But I can't explain why the issue just started after the recent work. There's another part that could be a factor. I will post it tomorrow, I have that info on my work computer.
    2005 IR / black / 6MT
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    I agree that it could be the steering coupler. The only thing that I can think of is that with your FCAB being bad, it settled in one direction so it kept your steering tight still even though it was out of spec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredo View Post
    Check about the steering coupler, PN 32301094703. But I can't explain why the issue just started after the recent work. There's another part that could be a factor. I will post it tomorrow, I have that info on my work computer.
    I'm planning to replace this part at some point: lower joint assy 32306764006

    https://www.e46fanatics.com/threads/...t-diy.1106109/
    2005 IR / black / 6MT
    150,000 miles

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