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Old 02-13-2014, 01:45 PM   #1
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Hello again,

When I first purchased my 1999 E46 328i, it had a terrible wheel wobble and a above 80mph or so, the whole car would shake like it was going to fall apart. Brought it in and the dealer balanced all 4 wheels and did a full wheel alignment. All of the wheel wobble went away, and the shaking above 80 stopped completely. Now, all of a sudden, the wheel wobble is back between 20 and 40 mph. The shaking above 80 is not, however. Also, I have noticed when I hit the brake pedal suddenly the whole car kind of jolts when the brakes grab, and the wheel turns itself. In addition, some other things I've noticed are: brakes squeak most of the time, when the temperature outside is under 20 degrees or so, the brakes stick until the car is warmed up a bit or until I drive on them which makes the engine rev a lot.

Car has 83k miles and this is my first major issue I've noticed in the 4 months of owning it.

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Old 02-13-2014, 01:52 PM   #2
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As for the vibration, clunk, and steering itself- you need to replace your forward control arm bushings.

Also sounds like you need a brake service based on the mileage of your car.


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Old 02-13-2014, 02:00 PM   #3
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Ok, thanks for the quick response. Are the bushings expensive or is it just the labor that is?
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:18 PM   #4
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The bushings are <$100 or $150 preinstalled in new housings (recommended for a DIYer). It's not a hard DIY if you have a jack. You shouldn't be paying more than $300 for FCABs installed IMO.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:47 PM   #5
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Thank you. Do you have any suggestions of reliable websites to order from?
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:50 PM   #6
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On ECS Tuning, there are 3 different sets of front control arm bushings (with brackets). There is a set made by Vaico for $53, a set made by Lemförder for $92, and then there are the official BMW ones for $155. As money is tight, do you recommend going with the BMW ones, or have you heard of those other brands.

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And are the brackets they are referring to the same as the housings you were referring to?
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:24 PM   #9
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If you have access to a hydraulic shop press you can get polyurethane FCAB's for about $75 without the brackets and press them into your brackets. Look for powerflex or UUC polyurethane FCAB's.

These parts are under a lot of stress, don't cheap out or you will be doing the job again soon.


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On ECS Tuning, there are 3 different sets of front control arm bushings (with brackets). There is a set made by Vaico for $53, a set made by Lemförder for $92, and then there are the official BMW ones for $155. As money is tight, do you recommend going with the BMW ones, or have you heard of those other brands.

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And are the brackets they are referring to the same as the housings you were referring to?
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Thank you all, I'm gonna go with the Lemförders. This will be my first DIY with the car so wish me luck. Is it something very hard to do with just a jack?
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Thank you all, I'm gonna go with the Lemförders. This will be my first DIY with the car so wish me luck. Is it something very hard to do with just a jack?
Search for E46 FCAB DIY. Read a few and gather your tools.

Use jack stands with your floor jack. Don't get under a car with just a jack supporting it. I also don't recommend using the spare tire jack for maintenance procedures.
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:37 PM   #14
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About the braking. Could be many things. Brake discs that are bend, sticky brake cilinder (quad ring that pulls the piston back might be bad)
Servicing the brakes might show the problem.

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I know this May sound crazy and it may not fix your issue but I had a vibration while braking and a slight pull and it ended up being just low air pressure. Easiest thing to start with(just saying) GL


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Do you guys recommend nitrogen in the tires? Dealer will put it in all 4 for $40. Or is it just a gimmick because there will always be some air in there since they can't get the tire completely flat before they put it in.
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Do you guys recommend nitrogen in the tires? Dealer will put it in all 4 for $40. Or is it just a gimmick because there will always be some air in there since they can't get the tire completely flat before they put it in.

Air is over 70% nitrogen haha. It's a gimmick for street cars. Don't pay that.


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Seriously only $40 for nitrogen in the tires? I would pay that just to say I have it.
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Seriously only $40 for nitrogen in the tires? I would pay that just to say I have it.

Not sure if serious.
If serious then wtf
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Not sure if serious.
If serious then wtf
Maybe...maybe not.
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