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Old 07-23-2009, 12:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just replaced the stabilizer bar end links on my 05' 325ci (it was doing this prior to replacing these also) but now I can barely feel what I would describe as a slight shimmy in the front end, like a tire barely out of balance. When I go slow through a parking, I notice the shimmy more, kind of like just the slightest side to side action in the front end. I'm sure someone other than me would not notice it, but since I drive it everyday I can. Do you think a tire out of balance could cause this, and if not suggestions?
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A tire that is out of balance could definitely cause the problem. That would be the first thing I would have checked before I worry about anything else.
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A tire that is out of balance could definitely cause the problem. That would be the first thing I would have checked before I worry about anything else.
have the tires balanced, first then check your control arm bushings
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You generally won't notice a tire out of balance at low speeds in a parking lot, as you describe. You probably have some other problem, like control arm bushings, inner/outer tie rods, wheel bearings.

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check control arm bushing
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control arm bushings,on their way out,just had the same problem.see previous posts for my diy saga.good luck it only gets worse.change em soon.
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+2 on the control arm bushings. If the tires were balanced before you did the swaybar endlinks, then it is more then likely an issue with the control arms.
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what the hell....+3
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check ball joints while youre looking at control arm bushings
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