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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 03-29-2012, 07:58 AM
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Not good. how bad is it??

ok I have a 2003 325I with 98,041 miles and for a while now the front tires have been real shaky and now I have the brake sign on the abs sign on and the tire traction sign on. It shakes a lot on turns give me an unpleasant ride but I'm not sure what it is I know its not the rims I just had them balanced and aligned so what could it be and where's the best place I can get the parts and it fixed thanks a lot I know you guys will help me out
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:56 AM
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First put the car on jack stands. Grab the wheel and give it a 3-9 and 12-6 check (checks bearings and steering). Then get a hold of each suspension component (including rotors and calipers) and give it a good shake test. From there you may find your problem... hopefully
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:20 AM
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If the wheels are off the ground the wheel will move a can shake it pretty easily and my steering wheel moves as well is that suppose to happen?
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:39 AM
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Don't shake the wheel with all you got haha. Just enough to where you can here a slight clunk or whatever the noise. And the there should be a little but tight movement while checking 3 and 9 because of the steering. If there is a clunk at 3 and 9 then it's more than likely an outer tie rod end. I could be wrong though.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:47 PM
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Hahaha I'm not shaking it with all my force ain't going all hulk on it lol I didn't listen for that ill be sure to do that when I'm checking it. They had told me to fix it it would cost like 700 but idk if there just tryin to screw me over
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:15 PM
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What did they say they were going to fix/replace?
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:11 AM
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Sounds like control arm bushings to me. The lights on your dash are probably from a bad wheel speed sensor.
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:40 AM
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I don't remember what they said was the problem exaclty but the contol arm bushings does sound familiar I think that might be what they said was the problem. A bad speed sensor lights up all four signs? Thanks for the help guys
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