3 Series E30 325i (M20) SAL
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Steering gear replacement after accident damage
In an accident or in driving situations that resemble an accident, sudden loads on the
steering gear can result in various types of damage. If the steering gear appears to be
undamaged from the outside, it may be difficult and complex to detect such damage.
However, it constitutes an unacceptable risk for the vehicle because it could lead to the
steering system failing.
As it is not usually feasible to conduct a comprehensive check of all steering gear
components due to the disproportionately high complexity, the condition of other
components that are easier to examine must be checked as a substitute.
The steering gear, including the track rods on both the left and right, must be replaced if
any of the following points is applicable:
Visible or otherwise detectable damage on the steering gear
Impermissible increase in torque and a seizing of the steering gear when the steering
wheel is turned from stop to stop (without hydraulic assistance)
Permissible tolerances for wheel alignment exceeded
Damage, lasting deformation or fractures to:
wheels, if result of wheel alignment is negative
suspension struts, steering knuckle, wheel carriers
struts or diagonal members or stabilisers with this function
bolting points for wheel guidance elements on body
front axle carrier
steering gear mountings
These guidelines are binding for all accident repairs on BMW and MINI vehicles.
If the steering gear has to be replaced for reasons of safety but this is rejected by
the customer or insurer for reasons of cost, this must be certified and signed by the
party bearing the cost of the accident repair.
A sample for such certification is given in Enclosure 1.
Safety components whose function is impaired could cause the vehicle's type
approval to be invalidated!
SI Steering gear replacement after accident damage All series
BMW AG - TIS
Issue status (12/2007) Valid only until next DVD is issued
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