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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 04-23-2019, 11:02 AM   #1
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Shimmy shimmy shake

I have a 2005 330xi just replaced the front axels. That went very well. That got rid of a lot of noises the front end was making (since the CV joints were shot). Now I got other issues and I am not sure what the fix is. I hear noise when I turn the car that almost sounds like a creaking noise. Not sure if that is control arm bushing or not. I get a real shake when I initially apply the brake, but once the brakes are fully applied the shake goes away. Thinking that may be mean I just need to replace the front brakes. I also get a very slight shimmy around 60 MPH it goes away once I get above 65 or so. First thought is to replace the bushings on both control arms and redo the front brakes (new disks and pads). Car is approaching 90k miles. Any other thoughts? Thanks in advance.


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Old 04-23-2019, 12:46 PM   #2
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Shake could be wheels out of balance, out of round. Easy fix is to try another set of wheels or rotate wheels front to rear. It sounds like rotors though, if it's a slight shake when lightly applied.
Creaking could be control arms or suspension.
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Old 04-28-2019, 09:42 PM   #3
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So I tried the easy thing rotated the wheels that did quite a bit of good no more shimmy at 60 MPH. The shaking with the breaks is also diminished but it is still there. Now I hear a squealing coming from the pads I see a brake job in the near future. I did check the control arms while I had the wheels off. No wear on the ball joints everything is solid. Tried shaking the hub, and tried a pry bar against the joints no give. So I am at a loss on the grinding noise could it be in the steering mechanism or one of the rod ends? Any guesses are welcome.


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Old 06-25-2019, 09:41 PM   #4
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Ok did all the stuff I couldn’t do first all 4 wheels spun balanced, chassis aligned. Still has the shake and tick. Order front brake kit from oembimmerparts.com, spent 1.5 hours replacing everything and boom no more shimmy when applying the brakes and the ticking is gone. New rotors and pads did the trick. Thanks for all the comments. Drive on.


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Old 06-29-2019, 09:28 PM   #5
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Ok did all the stuff I couldn’t do first all 4 wheels spun balanced, chassis aligned. Still has the shake and tick. Order front brake kit from oembimmerparts.com, spent 1.5 hours replacing everything and boom no more shimmy when applying the brakes and the ticking is gone. New rotors and pads did the trick. Thanks for all the comments. Drive on.


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Make sure you bed those new brakes or your shimmy will come back in short order....

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Old 06-30-2019, 11:02 AM   #6
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Just went through this with our 330xi. Just for some back round, the car already had:
1) pads, rotors, hoses, caliper bushings, fluid flush all round
2) motor mounts
3) new michelin's
Had to replace the lower control arms, upper ball joints, and bushings which finally got rid of the shimmy. That was the same shimmy we had on our car. The aftermarket front suspension components the previous owner had put on didn't last or stand up. I should note, they did not press the bushings into the proper offset, but the ball joints had loads of play after 10k. You might try using some M1 syn ATF in your p/s system. It really worked on ours.
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