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Old 04-06-2009, 07:45 PM   #1
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Vibration and steering wheel shake

I have to 2004 325i and this weekend I picked up some new rims and tires. The stock wheels and tires were 205/55-16. I changed to 225/45-17 front and 245/40-17 in the rear. The wheels are OEM with Potenza RE050A tires already mounted on them. The tires has less than a 1,000 miles on them. The issue that I am having is there is a vibration at low speeds and the steering wheel seems to pull a little. I tried to swap out the old rims and tires with the new ones I got but they were seized up so I took it to a shop to have them swapped. I am not really sure what is going on. My thought is the tires need balanced but what would cause the slight pulling? I don't think the could have knock it out of alignment breaking the wheels loose. Any inout would be greatly appreciated,
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:48 PM   #2
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having the same problem here man....
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:49 PM   #3
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balance could be off, and check Your tire pressures too
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:51 PM   #4
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Get the tires balanced, Now that you have bigger and wider wheels/tires your feeling the suspension issues, Your control arms and bushings are bad. Ask me how i know, been there done that.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:19 PM   #5
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I just checked the air pressure and there was only 17 psi in each tire. I also checked the lugs to make sure that they were tight since the shop did not bother to check the air and found several loose lugs. I am hopeing that was the issue but if it does end up being the control arms and bushing where should I get them and is there a good DIY on how to install them?
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:22 PM   #6
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I just checked the air pressure and there was only 17 psi in each tire. I also checked the lugs to make sure that they were tight since the shop did not bother to check the air and found several loose lugs. I am hopeing that was the issue but if it does end up being the control arms and bushing where should I get them and is there a good DIY on how to install them?
that may cause them to shake take it for a spin. Chech bmaparts.com for them, call them and haggle. Search and you will find a DIY.
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:04 PM   #7
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Took it for a drive and I the virbration and the shake is gone. Thanks for all the help
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Old 04-07-2009, 11:41 AM   #8
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:00 PM   #9
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Okay so tonight it took my car to get an alignment and to make sure the tires were balanced. They got the alignment complete and started to balance the tires. The front drivers side spun perfect on the wheel balancer but when they put it back on the car and spun while the car was off the ground there was a wobble. Is this a wheel bearing or ball joints?
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:27 PM   #10
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I am not quite sure if you have aftermarket wheels... but if you do, this is what resolved my shaking problem:

HUB CENTRIC RINGS

My suggestion to anyone who has AFTERMARKET WHEELS and shaking problems is to first check for the HUB CENTRIC RINGS. Its easy and CHEAP!!!! This hubs are usually made of plastic and can easily wear down to the point that they break. They could have also been removed by any tire shop who forgot to re-install them.

Also, anyone requesting help with anything having to do with suspension... If you have aftermarket wheels, make sure you mention it. It is something that many people including myself forget to mention. Even though factory wheels may or may not require this hubs, MOST aftermarket wheels do require it.

When you think about it... it makes perfect sense! You can balance a wheel or tire or whatever, but if it has considerable play or if it is not laying solid on the hub... then balancing it makes no difference because it can still shake especially at higher speeds due to the pressure.

Anyways... I just wanted to share my results with everyone. I hope everyone who has the same problem can benefit from my information.

**REMEMBER**
If you have AFTERMARKET WHEELS.... Check for that little plastic thing (LMAO) called: HUB CENTRIC RING or HUB RING
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