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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 10-06-2004, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, I made a stupid error - in a panic, I jacked up my '88 e30 with a hydraulic jack under the control arm. It was under one of the bolts, but it still wrong. I know, I know...
So, when I got in and drove away. the steering wheel was about 150 deg. off. It drove strange, and I figured it was in need of attention etc.
I took it to a friend's tire/oil place and he reported: "you hit something, hit it hard. there is no way that this was cuased by jacking it up. the wheel is cambered in at the top. You need a new strut. Bending the c-arm would have it cambered the other way". He was insistant that I needed a new strut.
Well, I didn't hit anything. It was done by my stupid error.
I then talked to a BMW repair/parts place. They said that there is no way that you could bend the strut by jacking it up. He said that it was probably the c-arm. But it appears that the result is not from a bad c-arm.

Question: could I have damaged the strut mount at the top - so that it is causing the wheel to camber like it is.

Oh thank you somebody out there!!!!1
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Old 10-06-2004, 09:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I doubt that you damaged the strut assembly, I did the same thing (jacked strut) to get alignment for my sway bar end links (get the threaded rod and hole in alignment), however I would really look closely at the control arm.
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Old 10-06-2004, 09:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey - thanks.
With the c-arm, should I simply look for a bend and take some measurements? I guess that is about all i could do.....
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Old 10-07-2004, 06:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yup take measurements and see if she is out of tolerance, and if it is bent, I would not try to straighten her, but would buy a new arm (or at least a used one, but then there is the issue of the used bushing).
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