Is your BMW X7 having problems steering? Has it become unresponsive, or started pulling towards one side, especially when stopping or turning? It’s an unfortunate reality that our cars don’t last forever, and these are common problems that we see with BMW X7s, which can be dangerous to ignore. There are a variety of different system failures that will cause these problems to appear while driving.
- Power Steering Failure
One of the first and most obvious system failures that can cause unresponsive steering is from a malfunction in your power steering system. Your power steering system’s sole purpose is to ease steering and movement, especially when driving at lower speeds, and when this system stops working, it becomes noticeably harder to steer. The failure can occur along multiple lines, from a simple leak in the power steering hoses, to wear and tear of the parts in the power steering engine itself.
- Loose or Broken Steering Belt
The steering belt connects the engine to the power steering system, which is what allows it to run in the first place. Even if your power steering system is in a brand new condition, if the belt becomes defective, then your power steering will fail to activate properly, if it will even activate at all. When the belt is loose, you will find that your power steering system teeters between normal and abnormal functioning, sometimes working and sometimes failing. If the belt fully snaps, however, then you’ll find yourself immediately without power steering the moment the belt breaks.
- Suspension Failure
The suspension system does more than just make your ride smoother, it helps increase traction on the road, and ensures that the steering stays consistently effective throughout your drive. If a problem arises in your suspension system, such as one of the air springs wearing out, then your BMW will want to pull to one side while stopping or turning, which in turn makes steering it much harder, especially when driving slowly.
- Worn Steering Gear or Steering Socket
Sometimes, the issue can be extremely straightforward. Over time, the steering gear (or the socket connecting the steering wheel into the gear) can become worn out, which stops the movement of the steering wheel from translating into actual steering movement. The result is that your movements in the steering wheel will fail, causing your car to pull to one side while driving, or causing the steering wheel to feel tight, or make grinding noises.
There’s No Shortage of System Failures That Can Cause Unresponsive Steering.
This is why it is important that you take your BMW in for regular maintenance, before these things can start to become problems that put you in danger. If you live in the Union City area and start to notice any of these signs, you should contact us at Fremont Foreign Auto right away so that we can diagnose and repair your BMW! You can call and schedule an appointment with us or get a free price quote at 510-793-6067.