I think my power steering rack is toast.

Noise started as a tiny clunk at lock to lock turns, then all of a sudden escalated to a full on noise when turning. iDrive threw all kinds of steering warnings that went away, and then all power steering gone when I was pulling into my parking spot.

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UPDATE 1:

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Now in her natural territory... outside a shop.

UPDATE 2:

She’s now at the dealer.

Indie mechanic hooked it up for a scan, a whole whack of EPS errors (duh). Had to pull the EPS fuse so I can actually drive, and as it turns out there was a “recall” open on my car for the steering bolt, just like Mike Woyahn mentioned in the Bimmerpost link.

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After some phone calls to BMW Canada and a lot of call transferring, the dealer advisor hung up on me so I drove right to them instead.

At the dealer, after a huge lineup of waiting, they told me it was “not a recall but a service campaign”. Now she’s in another huge lineup for a check to see if it was “caused by the campaign”.

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Total damage so far: $70 to inspect at Indie. Plus the usual bullcrap from the dealer about “oh if it’s not related then we’ll have to charge you $170 + tax”.

Indie also gave me a quote for replacing the rack, it’s like $8000+. Eight. Fucking. Grands. My car is worth $15k right now to put that in perspective...

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Any experts here with raising a giant stink with BMW? Especially since my car only has 52k kms on it??

UPDATE 3:

Fixed! Luckily (or rather unluckily) that repair WAS covered under the bulletin. Getting her back today. Eight grand bullet dodged.

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They end up giving me a replacement steering rack.

I do need to start looking into some of the other items from the Indie’s scan report though, says my battery is soon toast and there’s this “recirculation motor” that’s sticking.

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