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Old 04-01-2014, 10:13 PM   #1
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Shaking steering wheel

I just changed the control arms & bushings on my e46 325i. next will be tie rods... hope this fixes my annoying shaking steering wheel.

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Old 04-01-2014, 10:14 PM   #2
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Since you just did your control arms and bushings, the only things that could cause shaking are 1.) tire balance or 2.) alignment.
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Tires are balanced... not sure on alignment

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I do need to check strut mounts and wheel bearings!

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Do a careful VI on the tires, could be a small blister or the like, you'd be surprised how much shaking a minor looking tire issue can cause, Beyond that I'd check all the bushings, ball joints, and dampers. Can you give some more info about the shake, like is always there when moving, only when turning, certain speed range, etc?
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Don't forget the really obvious ones too: tire pressure, brake rotors, seized caliper. Doing my brakes solved literally all of my vibration issues.

Also, suspension issues like FCABs, etc. can be pretty reliably checked. There's no need to go replacing parts blindly.

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I just changed the control arms & bushings on my e46 325i. next will be tie rods... hope this fixes my annoying shaking steering wheel.
Why would you think any of this could cause a wheel shake?
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Car has brand new tires, brakes & rotors

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Going to check my tie rods & strut mounts tomorrow!

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Do a careful VI on the tires, could be a small blister or the like, you'd be surprised how much shaking a minor looking tire issue can cause, Beyond that I'd check all the bushings, ball joints, and dampers. Can you give some more info about the shake, like is always there when moving, only when turning, certain speed range, etc?
At low speeds the steering wheel doesnt shimmer that bad but the faster I go the worse it gets.... really takes away from the driving experience.

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Don't forget the really obvious ones too: tire pressure, brake rotors, seized caliper. Doing my brakes solved literally all of my vibration issues.

Also, suspension issues like FCABs, etc. can be pretty reliably checked. There's no need to go replacing parts blindly.
Just had new brakes and rotors installed... still shakes

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Why would you think any of this could cause a wheel shake?
The new control arms and bushings helped some

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What is your wheel tire setup? Could be one of the wheels is slightly off balance but you said they were balanced. From the symptoms you provided, my guess would be tires or the struts are worn.
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Any signs of uneven or unusual tire wear?
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At low speeds the steering wheel doesnt shimmer that bad but the faster I go the worse it gets.... really takes away from the driving experience.

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That sounds like a tire problem, just because they are new doesn't mean they don't have a problem.
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That sounds like a tire problem, just because they are new doesn't mean they don't have a problem.
Have not changed the tie rods yet, going to have my mechanic check them out today!

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Why would you think any of this could cause a wheel shake?
With many BMWs the FCAs and FCABs are the most common culprit for a shimmy in the steering wheel. It seems natural to consider those for the E46 as well.
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