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      03-20-2020, 08:06 PM   #1
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Maryland/DC/Virginia Steering Rack Repair

Total forum noob here, so I apologize if this runs afoul of anything.

I have a 2012 335i that's exhibiting symptoms of a bad steering rack thrust piece (https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh....php?t=1603926).

Does anyone know of any shops a reasonable distance from DC that will perform the thrust piece replacement, as opposed to throwing out the whole rack? I've tried to call a few shops and ask if they'd even perform the repair, and they all say something to the effect of "well, we'd need to see the car first..."

I really want to know if they even have the capability to do so (since this requires some special tools) before I drop my car off for a few hundred dollars in diagnostics, only to be told "well we can't do the repair but we can put in a new rack for $2k".
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I had GTpeace replace the thrust piece on mine, turned out good. I was skeptical because the official process requires lots of special tools/procedures, but they did a good enough job that I don't think there would have been a substantial difference getting it done at a dealer something.
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Originally Posted by croberts335i View Post
Total forum noob here, so I apologize if this runs afoul of anything.

I have a 2012 335i that's exhibiting symptoms of a bad steering rack thrust piece (https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh....php?t=1603926).

Does anyone know of any shops a reasonable distance from DC that will perform the thrust piece replacement, as opposed to throwing out the whole rack? I've tried to call a few shops and ask if they'd even perform the repair, and they all say something to the effect of "well, we'd need to see the car first..."

I really want to know if they even have the capability to do so (since this requires some special tools) before I drop my car off for a few hundred dollars in diagnostics, only to be told "well we can't do the repair but we can put in a new rack for $2k".
GT Peace Automotive does that repair. Shouldn't cost more than an hour of labor if you have the tool.
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      03-31-2020, 10:20 AM   #4
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Thank you both for the great tip! I'll give them a call.
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