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Old 02-16-2017, 10:55 PM   #1
Seanconner
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Steering wheel shakes over bumps and at highway speeds

My 2001 330i is having the problem that over bumps or imperfections in the road the steering wheel jerks left and right. The car stays planted and it's just felt in the steering wheel mostly over bumps at highway speeds or even driving over gravel it is noticeable.
Recently I've changed out control arms and bushings, sway bar end links & the steering coupler..

When doing the steering coupler the old one was so corroded and stuck on it took a beating to get it off and for that it took positioning at different angles and pretty much beating the crap out of it. I'm thinking it's directly related to this as the problem wasn't there until I put a new one on. My question is what could I have damaged taking it off? Or maybe I didn't install it right? I took it for an alignment immediately after they informed me my tie rods were in good condition bu my tires were out of round. Could that cause the steering shake? I'd rather spend 400-500 bucks on tires then 400-500 bucks installing a new steering column just to need new tires instead. If anyone has any advice it would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-17-2017, 02:40 PM   #2
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Steering wheel jerks like that on all cars I've driven if the bumps are noticeable. Yes tires can certainly cause steering shake
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Old 02-19-2017, 06:28 PM   #3
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Mine just developed same issue, I replaced the control arm bushings and still no luck, mine shakes at different speed levels depending on load, strut mounts are also new. Really irritating.
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Old 02-20-2017, 08:34 AM   #4
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I'm betting the lower control arms and their bushings are shot.
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Old 02-20-2017, 08:42 AM   #5
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I just replaced mine saturday, so thats not the issue. Am starting to think is the inner/outer tie rod and will be checking it later on today as whenever I move the steering wheel while vehicle is at a stop I hear a kind of hard knock from the rack area.
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