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Old 06-03-2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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Location: Chicago, IL
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My Ride: Black 01 325i 5spd
Originally Posted by alwaysbored786 View Post
try pushing the wheel back and forth, look for any movement in the wheel, there should be none. When your driving, does your steering wheel shake when braking? Or, lift the car up and just look.

I made this mistake, i replaced my fcabs b/c i knew they were bad, but i neglected to check out outer ball joints. Ball joints were bad so now i gotta replace the control arms as well now .

Ok I just jacked the car up (one side at a time). There was zero movement in and out, and VERY slight movement left to right (front to back). I inspected both control arms visually and their's no obvious signs of wear (Im not a mechanic).

I get a slight shake while cruising, and then a shake during braking, however my front rotors are completly TOAST.

My gut says at 70k miles, its more then likely just the bushings.

Any other thoughts?
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