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jman126 09-12-2012 11:17 PM

my car is sick...
 
Bought a 2001 330i last week. I have a few questions.
When I am acclerating around 20mph, there is a friction sound and slight vibrating through steering wheel. the car needs an alignment, the steering wheel rests to the right. when i hit the brakes, there is a loud thud and jerk coming from the front right wheel. the replace brake light is on, also the DSC light. finally when i am turning and i hit a small bump there is a loud rattling sound from up front.
Is the friction sound normal? Do i just need new brakes? Alignment? is it all related? HELLLPPPP!

euG! 09-13-2012 08:59 AM

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Originally Posted by jman126 (Post 14727451)
Bought a 2001 330i last week. I have a few questions.
When I am acclerating around 20mph, there is a friction sound and slight vibrating through steering wheel. the car needs an alignment, the steering wheel rests to the right. when i hit the brakes, there is a loud thud and jerk coming from the front right wheel. the replace brake light is on, also the DSC light. finally when i am turning and i hit a small bump there is a loud rattling sound from up front.
Is the friction sound normal? Do i just need new brakes? Alignment? is it all related? HELLLPPPP!

Sounds like you bought yourself a fixer-upper. The thud and jerk can be FCAB'S or bearings. Grab your front wheels and move them forward and back to see if they have any play.

jman126 09-13-2012 10:45 AM

I'll try it! Thanks.

jman126 09-13-2012 11:58 AM

Tried it, doesn't move forward or back, but it does turn from right to left a little.

ModBargains II 09-13-2012 02:38 PM

That clunking noise can be a couple different things such as damaged calipers/ pads, damaged tie rods, damaged ball joints, etc... On one of my personal E46's I had to replace the front lower control arm bushings because they were completely destroyed. The front wheels would jerk back and forth specially while stopping and going.

Even if you don't feel much movement in the lower control arms I would still suggest you replace them with the something like the Rogue Engineering FCAB's

http://www.modbargains.com/images/Pr...b_both_650.jpg

Once you're at it you should replace the worn out rear shock mounts:

https://st15.flashecom.com/modbargai...ring/anim2.gif

jman126 09-15-2012 10:25 AM

Turned out to be warped rotors and the lower control arms. Thanks guys!


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