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Old 03-11-2005, 12:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a '93 525 w/ 70k miles and notice a steering wheel and front end shimmy when i turn and hit a bump, not real bad but noticeable. Any ideas? Thanks.
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What do you mean by "shimmy" it it pulling, shaking, any noises?

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I have a '93 525 w/ 70k miles and notice a steering wheel and front end shimmy when i turn and hit a bump, not real bad but noticeable. Any ideas? Thanks.
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No noises no pulling, just a wobble/shimmy thru the steering wheel.
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First thing to do would be to check visually for any damaged or bent parts....then wheel balancing.
And you go from there...
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Before you spend any money, try this jack up the nose of the car and try to rotate your tires side to side (as if you were trying to turn the steering wheel) There should be no play (or very very little). If you are able to "kick"it back and forth it looks like your rack has about had it. Then check for small power steering leaks, alond the back of your firewall under the hood.

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if ballencing the tires doesnt help. thrust arm bushings.
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while i guess it could be a rack it is more likely to be the lower control arms. if you are able to move the wheels (if they have a little play in the turing of the wheel) then it is probablly the lower ball joint that has failed. and the ball joint is integrated into thge lower control arm, and the whole control arm must be replaced.
one way to be sure that it is a bad rack would be to try and take the boot on the rack loose and if any fluid comes out then the rack has to be replaced. that may be a little more involved that you want to go. you could always take it to the dealer and they can get ya srtaightened out
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