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#1 (permalink) Old 07-01-2004, 05:16 PM
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Ok, I've posted a post before about this problem. And it's been about a week and now i'm even more confused.. Here's my situation

I lowered my car and put new rims on it (18"), my steering wheel WOBBLES like crazy, not just a little shake or a vibration, i'm saying it wobbleS left and right like about 1-3 inches (it peaks wobbling at 40 mph i've noticed).. now I know its not the rims because they inspected that, and the tires for that matter. (i even had them replace my whole set of tires with brand new ones and it still does it)... then i took my car and got everything re balanced.. it still wobbles..

now i took my car to the BMW dealership in town because my car is warrantied and had a tech look at it. The bmw tech said THERES NOTHING WRONG WITH ANYTHING ON YOUR CAR (including shocks/struts, etc).. he told me "it must be normal with 18s"

well i dont really know whats normal but.. the steering wheel jerks back and forth about 1-3 inches (to the point where there is even a CLICKING noise everytime it shakes because it is shaking so far to the left and right), and its not just the steering wheel, its the whole car I believe. I noticed last night that my radar detector on the windshield is moving left and right about half an inch constantly... I don't understand??? I mean i'd accept "normal" if it was just shaking.. but if i keep driving with how it is now, it's gonna throw my arm out! If you just cruise and watch the steering wheel, it looks like the wheels are falling off or something!

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Free bump. I'm thinking it's the 18" wheels still. But it could be multiplying the guibo problem. That's all the insite I've got.


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you get everything aligned and balanced? if not check your control arm and all that much sure nothing came of fwhen you were messiong around down there! maybe you need a new control arm too

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Well, simple solution is if you still have the stock wheels, throw them on and see if the problem persists. If it does take it back to the dealer and tell them it is not normal and have them diagnose the problem from that point because then, it's clearly not the 18's and it's certainly not "normal"


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if it has nothing to do with the suspension, i would first get a wheel alignment and see if that helps. because it defenitely might. (you should get an alignment done after lowering and plus-sizing your wheels anyways) also your wheel bearings could be shot on one or more wheels, causing them to shake.
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im assuming this is a constant problem, not every once in a while..
i agree that putting your stock wheels to be absolutely sure that its not the 18s is a good idea. i know you said that you got the wheels checked but sometimes a bent rim is overlooked and will cause horrendous shaking. i wouldnt think its anything with the suspension unless you had put it in wrong or the BMW mechanic really didnt look at it at all. lastly it could be a problem with the brakes. id check to make sure your calipers arent sticking, when i had this problem i had crazy ass shaking in the car, where the car did move, not just the wheel.

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