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Old 12-19-2011, 08:54 AM   #1
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'01 325xi front end vibration when accelerating and turning simultaneously

Hi all. This is my first forum post to E46fanatics, so please excuse me if the topic has been covered elsewhere.

My issue: Minor front end vibration when turning/accelerating simultaneously in '01 325xi. Only noticable when accelerating and turning from a total, or near-total stop (i.e. turning out of an intersection from a stop). When I first noticed the issue I thought it was someting rolling around the car, but it wasnt. It's coming from the front end. Noise/vibration happens when turning left or right - not worse in one direction or the other.

Car is my wife's daily driver. I asked her about it and she said it's been going on for "a while." Not much to go on there...but it does seem to not be getting any worse.

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Old 12-19-2011, 09:38 AM   #2
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check axles and diff fluid level also your suspension play.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:31 PM   #3
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Check to see if the Axle Boots are Cracked (could well be at 10 years old), if they are cracked, a good chance that the CV Joints on the Axles are bad/no lube, and will need to be replaced. Also, check the fluid level in the front diff and the transfer case. Jack the car up and push and pull the top and bottom of tire and see if there is excessive movement, if there is, the Lower Control Arm Ball Outer Ball Joints are bad, also take a good look at the Inner Ball Joints and the Read Lower Control Arm Bushings. And finally, make sure you don't have a Brake Caliper hanging up and have that you have more than 2/32" of brake pad and not metal on metal (the sensor only hits one side) and make sure that the backing plates haven't been bent and rubbing.
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:48 PM   #4
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My front driveshaft has pay at rear u joint. I can Poke it with my finger and it makes noise. Metal to metal. I have vibration 2nd and 3rd. Have done control arms and bushings. New springs and strut inner ball joint axle. Haven't got into rear driveshaft. New tires. Rear shocks and mounts and springs.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:11 PM   #5
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Look at the FCABs.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:01 PM   #6
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i experienced something similar and it turned out to be horribly degraded lower ball joints. The entire control arm was vibrating when turning.
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