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Old 08-11-2005, 01:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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my 93 318is started to have a shake in the steering wheel, mostly while braking. figured alright, time for rotor turn and pads. got all four turned and new pads go with them. still has the shaking and now it even does it when im not even braking at certain speeds. seems to give some shake even if im cruising at say 45 and put a little pressure on the wheel to the left... please help me, what could this be? tie rod? tires are pretty new so i dont think its balencing... used
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Old 08-11-2005, 12:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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rotors are warped. i have the exact same car and it did the exact same thing. i got crossdrilled brembo rotors and pads on ebay brand new all around for 300 bucks. My friend and i put em in one night. no more shaking. I also was just getting some bad vibration in the wheel even though i just got brand new wheels and tires for my car too. After examing it i found that a balancing weight fell off and went and got that done. no more problems
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Yeah I would install new rotors. They're about $50 apiece for the stock ones. Not even worth turning them. I use the Akebono ProAct ceramic pads from RockAuto.com





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would it be ok to get new rotors and reuse the pads? or do you think having warped rotors damaged them?

where can i get stock rotors for $50?? IIRC the deal wanted alot more than that. or are you talking about the asian made rotors at autozone etc? arent those pretty crappy?
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Check www.RockAuto.com they have all the stock manufacturers listed for $50 or less. I got Zimmer rotors for $48 at my local supplier. I think its Ok to reuse your pads if you didn't put too many miles on 'em. Since the rotors were just turned. No I wouldn't use the Chinese rotors either.





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Old 08-11-2005, 07:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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cant find anything online about Zimmer rotors...

are raybestos rotors/pads considered good quality?
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cant find anything online about Zimmer rotors...

are raybestos rotors/pads considered good quality?
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Yeah Raybestos are very good quality parts. I think they had AC/Delco and some others too. The ones you get from Beck/Arnly might actually be Zimmer. Zimmer is the stock rotor maker. If you DO change your pads try the new ceramic dust free pads. I used the Akebono's from RockAuto.com and they've performed very well and dust free. They're made in the USA.





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Old 08-12-2005, 10:27 AM   #8 (permalink)
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before you go out and spend your hard earned money, make sure your ball joints are all in good order, as well as your front thrust bushing and steering linkage doesnt have any play left or right.
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what/where is the thrust bushing?

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I had a similar issue with the shaking of the steering wheel. Found out it was my lower control arm bushings. Put in new ones (a bitch) and then got my front realigned. Everything works perfect now. Also check to see if it might be a wheel bearing. See if there is any give if you try shaking the wheel in and out. Just my 2 cents.
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alright, ill get under there tomorrow and see if i cant firgure this out... ill post my findings, hopefully
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