Replace Castor Bushings? - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
3-Series (E46, E90) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 01-08-2006, 10:41 AM
n00b
 
comncense's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
comncense is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to comncense Send a message via Yahoo to comncense Send a message via Skype™ to comncense
(Thread Starter)
Question Replace Castor Bushings?

Ok, I took my BMW in for service a couple weeks ago. Amongst the things I wanted checked out was that while driving my steering wheel shakes like crazy, especially around 80 or so mph. So according to the dealership I needed to replace my castor bushings which would cost me around $500 or so. Conviently that wasn't covered by the extended warranty. So I wasn't sure if they were trying to get some extra money out of me or if it was the truth. I was thinking it was something that could be fixed via alignment and balancing. I caught a couple of flat tires recently and had the tire shop align the car, so maybe they didn't do it correctly. Any thoughts?
comncense is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 01-08-2006, 05:07 PM
3rd Gear Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Baltimore MD
Posts: 729
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
peterkulesza is an unknown quantity at this point
not alignement. balance for sure first, then check the play on the bushings. i am not familiar with the "caster bushings", but bunch of the rubber parts can wear out in the front suspension. other guys on the forum knwo the specifics of control arms etc much better, they can comment.

lastly, this is not only under braking? warped rotors do this....
peterkulesza is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 01-09-2006, 08:11 AM
1st Gear Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 236
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hootie is on a distinguished road
Actually, I had an old set of Continental tires that would vibrate violently above 85mph. Replacing with a set of new Pirelli's removed that problem. I was worried about the rotors as well, but turns out it was just bad tires. How much tread left on your tires?
Hootie is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 01-09-2006, 09:23 AM
n00b
 
comncense's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
comncense is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to comncense Send a message via Yahoo to comncense Send a message via Skype™ to comncense
(Thread Starter)
My front tires are good still, and actually i just replaced my 2 back tires with some Pirelli's also so I dont think it could be a tire related problem. I'm still more leaning toward that the tire shop didn't know how to correctly align and balance the car once they put on the new tires.
comncense is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 01-09-2006, 01:13 PM
1st Gear Member
 
storme's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 281
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
storme is an unknown quantity at this point
hi

i had the same at 40mph.....AND when i braked the was a lot of judder


when i had new tryes and a good balanec..it was all gone...
if youve had new rears..why not swap them over and see if it helps

good luck



ps..i also get some rubber replenisher type spray and spray any rubber bushes under the front

visit me at <a href='http://www.storme.co.uk' target='_blank'>www.storme.co.uk</a>

visit me at http://www.janspeed.com
storme is offline  
#6 (permalink) Old 01-09-2006, 03:10 PM
n00b
 
comncense's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 30
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
comncense is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to comncense Send a message via Yahoo to comncense Send a message via Skype™ to comncense
(Thread Starter)
I think I'll take the advice and try getting the car balanced first and then go from there. There's no way I'm going to put down 500 dollars for bushings right now.
comncense is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E46, E90)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tried to Steal my Ride!!! = Replace DS Lock Cylinder NYCStyLeZ83 3-Series (E46, E90) 1 01-02-2006 11:20 PM
Need to replace my Front Control Arms pamato 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 10 11-01-2005 03:17 PM
Maitenence Checklist- The Full Monty mmzcee 3-Series (E36) 12 12-05-2004 05:43 AM
Dichedguy Billb Please Help On Replace Thermostat mnguyen11111 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 2 11-03-2004 03:27 PM
How to replace shift knob? kyle_baker 3-Series (E36) 9 09-09-2004 02:42 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome