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Old 07-23-2009, 05:41 AM   #1
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control arm bushings

quick question i have an issue with my steering i can feel every little crack in the road and also the steering feels very light at high speeds.

had a look at the control arm bushings, the front feels were off the ground. when i turned the steering i can see both the bushings move a few milimeters


any ideas if this is normal play or are they shot ?
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:10 AM   #2
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How many miles do you have on your car.

This is a must do depending on your mileage. It's a cheap DIY:

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=470103
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:05 AM   #3
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milage is quite around 120k but the thing is one was replaced at around 100k and the movent on both was the same so i dont wanna just replace them for the sake of it as i think the real issue may be the steering coupling
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:13 AM   #4
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I think it's your tie-rods (or the ball joints on the control arm).
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:18 AM   #5
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Time to replace some parts at 120k..... I'd suggest to start with the coupler
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:27 AM   #6
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I have similar issues with my front end (loose steering feel and wandering) after some pricy work up front. I had the control arms and bushings replaced. After the work and alignment, it still feels bad. If the steering wheel and steering rack aren't in sync it won't show on an alignment machine. I have the coupling sitting in my garage and I am waiting for a day to install it.

In your case, try the cheapest part first (flexible coupling) then move on to the bushings and balljoints if it doesn't resolve it. Real OEM lists a Swivel joint with universal joint, p/n 32306761571, for right hand drive models. I picked a 2002 320Ci, so yours may be different.
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:54 AM   #7
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im gonna get under the car again on the weeked have another look if nothing seems obvious i will start with the steering coupling as i do have a teenyy weeny bit of play before the wheels turn

i will update ! thanks
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Old 07-29-2009, 05:36 AM   #8
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it was the control arm/control arm bushing

when both wheels were off the ground i was trying to move the tyre by hand back and forth up down etc but there was no play.

i put the car down put my foot between alloys pressed and i could clearly see the movment !

got the parts gonna fit soon. (quite sure this will resolve the issue)
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