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Old 10-08-2014, 06:17 PM   #1
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32i pulls to right even after replacing fcab, sway links..etc

Hey everyone.. have a weird issue.

2000 328i

My car driving straight wants to pull to the right. Sometimes it can pull a lot, sometimes on certain roads it seems it almost wants to stay straight but will still slightly pull to the right. I have a slight wobwobwob when taking a left, and it quiets when going straight

I recently replaced my shocks and struts (3 mo ago), FCABs (1 or 2 mo ago), and sway links (today).

Another weird issue is it seems one side of my car jacks up slightly higher than the opposite side. Could it be the nut on the struts piston isnt tightened exactly as the other side is?

picked car up with 140k.. good service history, it now has 210k.. i drive alot this is from 2 years of driving. Any ideas? I'm stumped

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Old 10-08-2014, 06:37 PM   #2
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When's the last time you had an alignment?
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:49 PM   #3
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Check your tire pressure.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:00 PM   #4
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tire pressure is great. Ive never had the car aligned in the last 2 years of ownership
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:03 PM   #5
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Anytime you replace suspension components an alignment is a good idea
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:09 PM   #6
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Yes I understand that, but without replacing the tie rods inner and outer.. i felt it would be a waste. I'd have to get realigned in the future if those were to ever get replaced.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:15 PM   #7
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forgot to mention.. It may be from my rattle clip falling off, but i have a wobwobwobwob when i turn left and it quiets down when going straight but can still hear it

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Old 10-08-2014, 07:31 PM   #8
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:39 PM   #9
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32i pulls to right even after replacing fcab, sway links..etc

Did you rule out "radial pull" aka "tire pull?"


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"wobwobwob" sounds like a broken steel belt thus radial pull results.
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:51 PM   #10
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never even heard of that
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:11 PM   #11
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never even heard of that

http://www.agcoauto.com/content/news/p2_articleid/181



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Old 10-08-2014, 09:39 PM   #12
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Tried dif tires same issue
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:04 PM   #13
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Go spend the $100-200 for an alignment. It'll fix your issue. If your suspension has an issue, the shop will tell you and won't align your car.

Your ball joints are also probably shot. If you can't dish out the cash for an alignment, then I don't know what to tell you.
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:08 PM   #14
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How is the tire wear different on both sides?
Is one worn a lot more on the inside?

Have the control arms been replaced?
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Old 10-08-2014, 11:44 PM   #15
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wear is normal on both sides. would ball joints make a noise? no sounds up front after replacing sway links. its not IF i have the money to get an alignment.. i want to make sure its worth doing. My car could still be aligned fine.

Also noticed the nut on one strut was 1/8" higher on one side than the other
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Old 10-09-2014, 12:07 AM   #16
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Balljoints about to completely fail will make noise, but most of the time, from what I've experienced, they won't make noise when they're loose.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:03 AM   #17
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Jack up the front and wiggle the wheels grabbing the wheel in the 6 and 12 oclock position. If the ball joints are shot, there will be lots of free play.

You need a helper to see if the inner, or outer is moving.
210K with some original suspension and steering parts will have issues.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:24 AM   #18
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Hey everyone.. have a weird issue.

2000 328i

My car driving straight wants to pull to the right. Sometimes it can pull a lot, sometimes on certain roads it seems it almost wants to stay straight but will still slightly pull to the right. I have a slight wobwobwob when taking a left, and it quiets when going straight

I recently replaced my shocks and struts (3 mo ago), FCABs (1 or 2 mo ago), and sway links (today).

Another weird issue is it seems one side of my car jacks up slightly higher than the opposite side. Could it be the nut on the struts piston isnt tightened exactly as the other side is?

picked car up with 140k.. good service history, it now has 210k.. i drive alot this is from 2 years of driving. Any ideas? I'm stumped
When you replaced the front struts, did you make sure the index key was properly lined up on both sides so the strut seated completely? If one is seated and the other is not then it would make sense why its pulling to one side since the struts wouldn't be at an even height.
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Old 10-09-2014, 02:01 PM   #19
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When you replaced the front struts, did you make sure the index key was properly lined up on both sides so the strut seated completely? If one is seated and the other is not then it would make sense why its pulling to one side since the struts wouldn't be at an even height.
Had the same problem when i installed my lowering springs. One of the struts wasn't seated right. Not sure about the wobwobwob sound though.
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Old 10-09-2014, 02:34 PM   #20
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Had the same problem when i installed my lowering springs. One of the struts wasn't seated right. Not sure about the wobwobwob sound though.
He probably has a bad front wheel bearing, thats what mine sounded like.
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