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03'325i'NC 07-22-2010 07:38 PM

Steering wheel jerks
 
When driving my 03 325i my steering wheel jerks back and forth real quick like a brake rotor is warped or something. So i checked out the brakes, they are ok. Its werid though


It only does it about 1/3 times when i drive. Only starts around 40mph to 55mph....rest of speed feel nothing.

going around a turn it stops, even a slight turn. only when going straight it does vibrate.

its gettin worse as the the weeks go on so before i let a mechanic that charges out the butt look at it what you guys think????

Tangent_ 07-22-2010 07:40 PM

Check the control arm bushings.

VMRWheels 07-22-2010 08:02 PM

It could possible be a suspension bushing going bad... I could check out the front control arms first.

-Charles@VMRWheels

Chris-TK 07-22-2010 08:05 PM

Get rid of the chrome wheels that should help. :eeps:

jeffb325@NavigationSolutions 07-22-2010 08:37 PM

Front control arm bushings. Super common problem, Cheap and easy DIY

03'325i'NC 07-22-2010 09:06 PM

Thx thats what alot of others are telling me. Ill find the DIY thread somewhere ima sure someone has made one.


Also those chrome wheels are 17 and gave to me :D ...who wouldnt take free rims over stock :D, and i like the wheels, different...



now if you would like to send me around 1 grand to buy me some new ones i would be grateful. (prob spend it one coilovers and suspension.

blarf 07-22-2010 09:10 PM

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Originally Posted by 03'325i'NC (Post 12026185)
Also those chrome wheels are 17 and gave to me :D ...who wouldnt take free rims over stock :D, and i like the wheels, different...

Me.

Anyhow, the front control arm bushings are a very common wear item. By design they absorb a lot of force. So replace with new bushings. I like the OE type liquid filled rubber units that don't last a long time because they promote smooth ride and steering. You can go with harder, longer lasting, polyurethane ones if you're so inclined. I noticed more low clunking than steering wheel shudder when mine failed. The symptoms you notice will likely be dependent upon how far gone your bushings are.


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