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Old 09-19-2008, 10:12 PM   #1
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hard pull to the right under heavy braking

I just got my 325xi a few weeks ago and I'm still learning its' idiosyncrasies, and I'm getting ready to dig in and start removing and replacing, modding and upgrading.

First things first. I get a momentary hard pull to the right under heavy braking at highway speeds. It dissipates fairly quickly although that's probably due to me letting off enough to maintain my lane (it was pretty close once).

What's the most obvious culprit in y'alls opinion? Bexause of the AWD I don't know what to think. Normally I'd say pads and rotors but I also think it might have something to do with the dynamics of the AWD system, too.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:37 AM   #2
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I will bet money that's your front control arm bushings.
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Old 09-20-2008, 12:27 PM   #3
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I will bet money that's your front control arm bushings.
OK, it's #1 on the list.

Really it sounds like a complete brakes and suspension remove and replace.
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OK, it's #1 on the list.

Really it sounds like a complete brakes and suspension remove and replace.
Yeah it's kind of a pain to change the bushings. There are a few other ways to check if its your bushings.

When you go over bumps in the road when changing lanes does it cause the wheel to move back and forth?

When you come to a complete stop does the car rock a bit back and forth?

Jack the car up and wiggle the front wheel left and right, if it moves with ease then your bushings are shot. Also a visual inspection can determine if they're cracked or not.
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:12 PM   #5
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I haven't gotten a chance to drive it enough to answer all those questions. The car is in PA and I'm stuck in CA until Thanksgiving. I'll do all those tests then. In the meantime I'm coming up with a parts list. Where's the best place to order the bearings?
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:09 AM   #6
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If you want OEM bushings get them from Tischer at getbmwparts.com or if you want to upgrade and get something that will last longer get the Meyle HD control arms and bushings combo from Ruben at desertmotorwerks.
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