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Old 03-26-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Vibration to shaking 2002 BMW 325XI

Hello All,

I am new to this forum and need some help. I have a 2002 BMW 325xi and I have had some work done to it from valve cover gasket replacement, lower motor-mount, axles all the way around, and oil added to my differential because of a slight leak. Can a differential or transfer case cause shaking at mid to high speeds? 45-75+....

My issue now is that when I go over 45 sometimes starts lower, I feel vibrations and shaking. My steering doesn't shake by itself, but my whole front of the car does. At times I can see my windshield wipers shake and I can also look over at my passenger seat and watch it shake lol. I am having another person check my car our soon after I get back to Virginia, but I want to know what you guys think.

The tires are new recently installed and the rims are not bent. I will have a tire shop check all my tires and rims for issue, such as balancing or bad tires which is unlikely because they are brand new.
Can it be CV joints? I know the inner CV joints rarely go bad or control arms or ???? If I lift the car can I check myself to see what's not tight or needs to be changed????

Any Ideas?

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Old 03-26-2012, 09:49 PM   #2
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I mean first thought is either axles, bushings, blown shock, something along those lines. Whats the story with your axles?
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:12 PM   #3
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I mean first thought is either axles, bushings, blown shock, something along those lines. Whats the story with your axles?
Thanks for the reply, so when I turned right or left, started to hear clicking and and the clicking got faster as I drove faster which got worse after a while(few weeks). They got replaced and now the clicking is gone.

If I put the car on a lift, without taking the control arm of, can I see if it is the bushing or balljoints? The outer balljointed you can look to see if the boot is cut right?

What do you mean by blown shock?
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:35 PM   #4
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When I had my 325xi. I had shake at times and it ended up being the driver side brake caliper sticking. I replaced the caliper and never shook again. Just next time the shaking starts stop and see how hot the brake caliper actually is. do not touch it however. but you would be able to hold close to it and feel the heat coming off of it.. Just my two cents!
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