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Old 01-10-2004, 02:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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HEY WASSUP EVERY1,

I DRIVE A 318IS 5 SPD MANUAL, RECENTLY WHEN EVER I ATTEMPT TO HIT THE BRAKES AT A FAST SPEED OR EVEN A SLOW SPPEN MY STEERING WILL SHAKES LIKE RATTLES. ID BE LOOKING AT MY HAND AND ITS LIKE A VIBRATOR...ANYONE KNOW WHAT THIS COULD BE?? BRAKES??
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Old 01-10-2004, 02:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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sounds like a warped rotor.
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Old 01-10-2004, 02:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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everyone always says brake rotors but i went in and got my alignment fixed, and my shakes from 60 to dead stop or higher speeds went completely away my 318 had the sameprobelm. like annoying pretty hard shake! i even got it on the accelration too that sucked! alignment fixed my problem!

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definetly sounds like a warped rotor dude! I had the same problem.
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its true it could be alignment, but if it were theres a good chance it would be noticeable w/o using the breaks because the car would't track straight.
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yea mine was noticable even without the brake, so if it only happens with braking rotor, all the time alignment 50$

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...just a strange thought... maybe you should undo all the lugs on each rim, and re-torque them down in accordance with the correct bolt-pattern-tightening-sequence. maybe you have a loose lug. ...just ah thought, and wouldnt cost a dime.
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i think its a warped rotor but im not sure, but either way, most of the time when a steering wheel is shaking, its somehow connected to the brakes.
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ahh on my 318i mine did the exact same thing... shook when I barely hit the brakes and then if i hit them harder, the steering wouldn't shake. I got new tires for my car and everything is smooth.
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i had the same problem on my 328, a new rotor was all i needed.
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Ah yes but what if you have brand new rotors and your wheel shakes between 40-50 mph?
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tires are worn unevenly, in need of balance, or your alignment is off.
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mine does it as well, however, from what I can tell the alignment on mine is good. I can drive in a straight line with out touching the steering wheel. However, it's not a bad shake, as long as my hands on the wheel it really doesn't cause problems. And a warped rotar is a very common cause for the wheel to shake while braking. Plus, telling if your rotar is warped is something you can do your self too.
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Ah yes but what if you have brand new rotors and your wheel shakes between 40-50 mph?
Tire balance, bad tire, worn suspension component - if simply driving and not braking. Which car? How many miles?
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