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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 02-20-2015, 09:24 AM   #1
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Shaking in steering 01' 330xi

This is my first E46 and my first post here on fanatics, I recently purchased this car (3 weeks now) and started a getting vibration (shaking) in my steering wheel on my 01' 330xi auto when accelerating between 45-60 mph and breaking around the 45-55 mph range.

I had a local shop look at it and says the transfer case needs to be replaced as there is slight play in the DS at the TC. Second shop says change the rotors and pads (shakes under acceleration too though at 45-60).

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.....

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Old 02-20-2015, 09:41 AM   #2
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It's the lower control arm bushings. BMW rotors rarely warp, it does happen but not nearly as much as people say.
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Old 02-21-2015, 12:17 AM   #3
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I agree with the last post. I had bad steering wheel vibration under braking and i replaced control arm bushings along with my control arms and ball joints and it eliminated everything. I thought it was the braking system and replaced my calipers as well as a complete brake refresh and it did nothing to help. Do yourself a favor and purchase the powerrflex front control arm bushings they are much better than the rubber ones and they will last much longer.

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Old 02-21-2015, 09:20 AM   #4
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I have some vibration under braking. but it is also sensible when you are taking long fast turns. Might be my rim, it is sort of bent, but causes no vibration in straight lines. I recently replaced control arms and bushing and ball joints in the summer.
But i am also suspecting tie rod?
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:35 AM   #5
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it is not always the lower control arm bushings. I have replaced those with powerlex and i am still experiencing this.

I have rotational movement in my driveshaft/ Transfer case connection. how much rotational movement should there be?
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Old 02-21-2015, 12:27 PM   #6
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Raw,

I too have some movement at the TC, that's the reason the shop says it needs to be replaced. Second shop says it should have some movement normally and to just replace suspension components as the car currently has 169021 miles. Runs like a dream though. Also, need to replace the RM seal. Used TC with 6 month warranty $277 plus RM seal $57 told $850-900 total job due to having to pull tranny to get at RM seal.
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Old 02-21-2015, 12:33 PM   #7
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I don't have any shaking or vibration while turning (short or long)..... Only while between the speeds of 48-60 mph during acceleration and braking.
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:41 PM   #8
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What about your front axels? This is how mine started. 50-60 then on and ooff then in lower gears
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Old 02-21-2015, 02:00 PM   #9
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IxIFelIxI,

I am def. going to change out both front axels in the next few weeks depending on the temps (high for tomorrow is 5 above not including the wind chill). No clicking when turning but still going to replace and have already ordered them both.
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Old 03-02-2015, 12:38 PM   #10
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I have a similar problem. 325xi, after driving for an hour on the highway I get vibration when accelerating.
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Old 03-02-2015, 08:06 PM   #11
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I have a similar problem. 325xi, after driving for an hour on the highway I get vibration when accelerating.
That's probably an axle issue.
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:13 PM   #12
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For the shaking while accelerating...get wheels balanced, check for bent rims, check FCAB's, check axels. Have the run-out on the brake rotors measured and replace if necessary, that was my shaking while braking issue.
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