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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 08-08-2005, 03:16 PM
beemermtec beemermtec is offline
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hi guys i think my discs need changing cos im getting a bad vibration thro my steering wheel when i brake,even low speeds gives me a shudder! anyone else had the same? also can anyone tell me if its easy to do disc change on my own!!!! any help would keep a happy man very old ! ta mateys.
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Old 08-08-2005, 04:20 PM
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Could be a warped rotor...If it gets worse when braking, that would be my guess. Replacement is fairly simple and could be done by someone with basic skills.
1. remove wheel
2. remove brake caliper
3. remove rotor (there is a small allen screw holding rotor to hub)
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Old 08-09-2005, 12:33 PM
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You might also have you control arm bushings. I also had a shutter during braking even after I had changed all four rotors and pads. Someone mentioned the lower control arm bushings so I went out bought the pair and had my mechanic replace them and prestoe problem solved. Before you go through the expense have the rotors checked at local machine shop to see if they're warped. If they aren't then it's the control arm bushings. Rotor removal is fairly easy.

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Old 08-11-2005, 03:04 PM
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You might also have you control arm bushings. I also had a shutter during braking even after I had changed all four rotors and pads. Someone mentioned the lower control arm bushings so I went out bought the pair and had my mechanic replace them and prestoe problem solved. Before you go through the expense have the rotors checked at local machine shop to see if they're warped. If they aren't then it's the control arm bushings. Rotor removal is fairly easy.

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DEFINITELY CONTROL ARM bushings. MAke sure you check andchange them first before touching the brakes.
Also, you dont have to change the whole control arm, unless there is significant play of other ball bushings that are located on the control arm.
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