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Old 04-12-2004, 12:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i have been noticing that my steering wheel will kind of move back
and forth , however the car will stay in a stright line. I just had the
alignment done too.

My mechanic said that some how i bent my front right rim, so supposively
that will cause my car to have that little shake in the front steering wheel. It
is more notciable when i break.

You cant tell the rim is bent by looking at it, so wouald this cause the steering wheel to do this or another problem??

Just want some opinions so i can fix this damn shaking problem!!! Thanks.
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Old 04-12-2004, 12:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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could be bent rim....

did u have wheels balanced, when they were aligned? Some places suck and dont do that automatically
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If the rim is not visibly bent it should not cause a vibration.
I had the same problem, vibration starting at about 40mph, increased under braking. I had all four wheels rebalanced, and voila smooooooth ride.


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hey thanks alot for the quick respones, i will ask my mechanic tomorrow
if he got them balanced also. Hopefully its just needs to be balanced!
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I just thought of something else... if the balancing does not help it might be the drive shaft guibo (would have to be replaced), or the drive shaft needs to be rebalanced (very raraly needed but it happens). An indication for that would be a vibration between 40 and 60mph.


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.........vibration starting at about 40mph, increased under braking.......
Vibration increased when braking means sometimes a crooked brake disc.
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If none of the above check rotors and control arm bushings.
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mine shakes a little bit around 125, but not much... will bigger rims reduce the shakage
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Check for a blown front strut, front inner control arm bushings, balljoints, rear trailing arm bushings, rear control arm bushings, warped disc rotor, unbalanced wheel, abnormally worn tires or alinment.

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great, thanks for all your help, i am going to check it all today...
so i can finally fix the shaking!!! drives me crazy!
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Old 04-14-2004, 12:24 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I have the same problem between 45 and 65 mph, but I think mine is caused by bent rims. I can see my rims are noticably bent when I jack the car up and spin the wheel. I'm going to try swapping mine with a some stock wheels (if I can ever find some) and see if that fixes the problem. If your rims don't look bent on the outside, they might be on the inside. Make sure you check this out too.
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123Notit ask the person who is gonna take the wheels off to check the balance. maybe your balance is off, and not the rim, that is unless you can see the noticeable ding in the rim
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I've heard different stories regarding this issue. One of them is the bent rim issue. Another is imbalanced tires, but the wierdest one i've heard is from a Mercedes Benz dealership where a tech accidentally used the water hose instead of the air hose!! So the tire was filled with a little water and it caused vibration at high speeds.
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Originally posted by socalguy@Apr 12 2004, 03:48 AM
hey thanks alot for the quick respones, i will ask my mechanic tomorrow
if he got them balanced also. Hopefully its just needs to be balanced!
There are three types of balancing: static, dynamic, dynamic under load (or something like that). Dynamic under load is preferred.

I saw a TV show where the balancing machine had a couple of arms with disks that pressed against the rim and could tell you if your rim is bent.

So there is technology available to check your rims/tires and find out if they have problems.

As far as springs go, what are the symptoms your car has that are letting the mechanic know that they have to be replaced?
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Old 06-03-2004, 03:57 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Ok i have the same problem with my 1998 328i but mine is not a light shaking it is vileont. It shakes really bad especially when I brake and I don't have a clue how to fix it or what it is. Help me PLEASE!!
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