Steering Wheel Rattle - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 11-06-2007, 06:20 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 47
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
PaInBeLoW is on a distinguished road
(Thread Starter)
Steering Wheel Rattle

I just purchased a '93 525I and when I drive it on the highway at about 60 mph or more the steering wheels rattles moderately. It ony does it when Im in the actual process of accelerating. But If I coast at this speed, it doesnt rattle. And even when it rattles the car doesnt pull heavily to the left or right. Anybody have a similar experience and know what might be causing this?
PaInBeLoW is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 11-06-2007, 06:50 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Albany NY
Posts: 40
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
16valex is on a distinguished road
I would check and replace outer tie rods. But If it is me I would check the whole front suspension, tie rods, stabilizer end links, control arms.
16valex is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 11-06-2007, 07:48 PM
1st Gear Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Sweden - Stockholm
Posts: 133
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Saggis is an unknown quantity at this point
Valex is right the stabilizers often cause such rattle, fairly simple procedure and not to costy...you could easily check it buy driving down to your closest shop that has a lift and jerk the stablizers a bit...feel for glitching

Also you might have lost a counterweight on one of the front wheels, this happend to me and the steering wheel rattled quite alot around 100km/h so check this too if needed.

Thumbrule:
rattling in the steeringwheel = something in the front suspension/wheels
rattling in the seat = suspension/wheels

Black E39 530i 2001 with full black leather interior and antracit roof.
Saggis is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 11-06-2007, 10:35 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 47
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
PaInBeLoW is on a distinguished road
(Thread Starter)
Are Tie Rods, stabilizers or control arms something I can fix my self or is something dealer only can handle? I have intermediate skills with wrenching on cars but then I again I've never worked on a bmw. I appreciate the input too fellas. Hopefully gonna get this solved asap.
PaInBeLoW is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 11-06-2007, 10:39 PM
Im Bluffin With My Muffin
 
AlpineSixAndSeven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Posts: 5,992
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
AlpineSixAndSeven is a splendid one to behold AlpineSixAndSeven is a splendid one to behold AlpineSixAndSeven is a splendid one to behold AlpineSixAndSeven is a splendid one to behold AlpineSixAndSeven is a splendid one to behold AlpineSixAndSeven is a splendid one to behold AlpineSixAndSeven is a splendid one to behold
Send a message via AIM to AlpineSixAndSeven
if you arn't very mechanical the i would sugest the dealer to do it and make sure they do an alignment

1991 Ford Taurs SHO 5 Speed White on Tan
1996 Chevy Lumina LTZ Rep 3.4L
1992 318i Coupe parts car
1992 325i Ls1 swap with a T56 6 speed 12.2 quarter mile
1976 Mercedes Benz 300D with a Ford 5.0L Fuel Injected soon to be Modded
I am Captain Obvious
AlpineSixAndSeven is offline  
#6 (permalink) Old 11-07-2007, 04:53 AM
da_administrator
 
da_bull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Mooooossouri
Posts: 4,840
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
da_bull has a reputation beyond repute da_bull has a reputation beyond repute da_bull has a reputation beyond repute da_bull has a reputation beyond repute da_bull has a reputation beyond repute da_bull has a reputation beyond repute da_bull has a reputation beyond repute da_bull has a reputation beyond repute da_bull has a reputation beyond repute da_bull has a reputation beyond repute da_bull has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via MSN to da_bull
Quote:
Originally Posted by PaInBeLoW
Are Tie Rods, stabilizers or control arms something I can fix my self or is something dealer only can handle? I have intermediate skills with wrenching on cars but then I again I've never worked on a bmw. I appreciate the input too fellas. Hopefully gonna get this solved asap.
I am assuming the 93 is the same as my 90. They are fairly easy to do. I have a local import parts house (like Autozone, Oreillys, Pep Boys etc) that stocks only VW, BMW, Merc, etc.

Here's a couple links to see if you want to tackle them yourself, they're really not too bad, this site is wonderful for pix and descriptions for working on your bimmer:
BMW E34 Website - upper arms
BMW E34 Website - lower arms



-There are 10 kinds of people. Those who understand binary, and those who do not.

-If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under...Ronald Reagan
da_bull is offline  
#7 (permalink) Old 11-07-2007, 08:04 AM
1st Gear Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Sweden - Stockholm
Posts: 133
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Saggis is an unknown quantity at this point
The stabilizers shouldnt be a problem, haven't changed the rest by myself on that car so can't tell you but i think you'd better leave it to a mech for simplicity...also...dont remember if its the same thing on the e34 but on the e39 its a hell to change the back stabilizers while the front ones are simple as that

Black E39 530i 2001 with full black leather interior and antracit roof.
Saggis is offline  
#8 (permalink) Old 11-07-2007, 09:46 AM
n00b
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 47
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
PaInBeLoW is on a distinguished road
(Thread Starter)
Yep! You're looks like the same body style as mine looks like! Good links too. Im going to drive it until Friday and see if can get a better feel for what exactly the source of the problem is. I'll jack it up on Saturday and take a look at the front suspension and see how far I can get (have the very small luxury of not having the car as a daily). Any specific kind of tool recommendation?

Quote:
Originally Posted by da_bull
I am assuming the 93 is the same as my 90. They are fairly easy to do. I have a local import parts house (like Autozone, Oreillys, Pep Boys etc) that stocks only VW, BMW, Merc, etc.

Here's a couple links to see if you want to tackle them yourself, they're really not too bad, this site is wonderful for pix and descriptions for working on your bimmer:
BMW E34 Website - upper arms
BMW E34 Website - lower arms
PaInBeLoW is offline  
#9 (permalink) Old 11-07-2007, 09:52 AM
n00b
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 47
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
PaInBeLoW is on a distinguished road
(Thread Starter)
How do I get around not needing a ship press though? If I buy the whole arm will be able to avoid needing that?
PaInBeLoW is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)


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
noise in steering wheel ksee777 3-Series (E36) 9 04-29-2006 10:43 PM
Would this VICTOR steering wheel fit an E36? (see pics) Delmarco 3-Series (E36) 0 01-01-2006 03:43 PM
Steering wheel noise on 325xi on right turn rms 3-Series (E46, E90) 1 10-10-2005 11:19 PM
Bmw M-technic 2 Leather Steering Wheel schneider252 OEM Parts 4 04-22-2005 10:34 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