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Old 06-28-2005, 08:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I got new tires put on and they balanced them twice but the steering wheel still shakes. Any ideas on what else could be causing it?
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Did you also do the control arm bushings and ball joints recently?

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I had the driver side control arm replaced a little while ago along with the bushing.
Which other ball joints should I check?
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The front lower ball joints. These are known to wear and should be replaced. Your car has a ton of miles and if they haven't been done, they are surely due. Mine were worn at 65kMi. Also the lower control arm bushing.

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Also check your front brakes, if they are worn off it might be off-balancing the front wheels, might be time for new rotors and pads.
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Yea check your rotors. You can get them shaved for cheap or just buy some new ones.
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He had a thread a few weeks ago about new brakes. I hope it's not the brakes.
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Good memory, I put new pads and rotors on all 4 corners so I don't think that's it. The bushing and ball joint on the driver side were replaced about 6 months ago. I'll have to check the passenger side.
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next time you're at the shop just look at thr rotors, it might have gotten warped.
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I heard that OEM bmw brake rotors can't be machined - is this information correct?
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I heard that OEM bmw brake rotors can't be machined - is this information correct?
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Hmm... good to know. I'm still getting brembos.
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Hey, read your post and now it raises some questions in myself. First off, im having the same problem with vibrations. I get it when i brake and sometimes and different speeds. Its not the brakes though, i rulled that out.

But the question is, how much did it cost you to change the bushing and ball joint? Looks like i might need to start lookin at that.

Oh, and im sorry if u consider hijacking your post, never intended to do that. Just adding on.......

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Bushings and lower ball joints ran me about $400US. Parts & labor. Parts are only $70 or so, and make sure you get the M3 lower control arm bushing. They bill about 4 hours of labor, and my guy only works on euro imports($$) but he is a few doors down from me at work so it's convenient.
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