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|3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.|
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Originally Posted by e36surge
I am assuming you've checked your oil and inspected your exhaust system for leaks? This sort of thing is hard to diagnose without specific details. Is the engine loud because you hear ticking noises? Is it loud like when a chain is loose? Is it a loud banging noise? What would help is the mileage of your car as well.
As for the vibration in your steering wheel. You'll have to check in the following manner.
A) Check your front rotors or discs (brakes) Steering vibration under braking is usually from warped rotors. While your at it check the rears too.
1) Wheel balance (all 4 wheels)
2) Check for uneven wear of tires
3) Front control arm bushings
4) Check tierods for play
5) Check ball joints for play.
6) Faulty calipers beginning to fail will cause rotors to overheat and warp. This is caused by hard braking as well.
When I first got my car I had the steering tremble under braking, it was my front rotors/discs.
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