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Old 01-16-2004, 12:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there

we just replaced the tires/rotors/pads on all the wheels in our 2000 528i. The car would shake when braking at about 60 mph, we thought, "okay, rotors are gone" so we replaced them the day before yesterday (along with everything else), we take it out for a drive, and it still shakes the car/steering wheel when we brake. I thought, oh, control arms, but my dad said the guy who installed/aligned the tires said that they were fine, and for the shaking problem, that we should go to the dealer to get it checked out. Anything we could do rather than going to the dealer? Could it be the wheel bearings? (oh, reminds me, in the morning when my dad made a sharp U-turn going like 5 mph, there was this loud screech, sorta like rubbing two metal items together at hi speed, could those be the wheel bearings?)

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What make and model, and how many miles?

If you can, jack the front wheels off the ground, and see if there is any play in the wheels and suspension. You could have a tie-rod loose, possibly a wheel bearing. The bearings usually get loud when they go bad though.

Check your fenderwell for the noise. The plastics might be rubbing the tire.
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same here:
replaced the tires/rotors/pads and even the left wheel bearing,,,and still the awful shake when braking at 60mph...
at higher speeds everything is ok :-( ....
Tell me if you have discover the solution to the famous shimmy issue...
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I basically have this same problem as well. Only initially does the replacing of rotors solve the problem. There is a suggestion that the calipers might be bad and drags one of the pads on the rotor all the time, ruining them. Also, my problem appears intermittent and more severe the harder I brake. ???????????????
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i replaced my rotors with some good ol' brembo cross drilled ones, and now no shaking, the shaking only happened to me when i hit the brake heavily. i had warps in my brakes due to it being old and when u hit on the brakes hard and leave it on, it gives the rotors uneven head distribution and thats waht causes the warps most of the time.
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Hope you guys are all well in the US (well wherever you are). Ive got the exact same problem on my car, asked some guys over here for some help and got the answer, well I think so not tried it, but the response I got on the UK forum was a confident one, gonna try on my next day off from work n I'll let you know the outcome!
http://forum.bmwcarmagazine.com/topi...TOPIC_ID=17511
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