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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 09-25-2012, 03:27 PM
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Suspension question

I replaced my control arms, bushings and links with Meyle about 1k miles ago. I've noticed recently that going over small bumps at low speeds the steering wheel moves to the right or left depending on the bump. It just doesn't feel right - no sounds - just a movement of the steering wheel.

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Old 09-25-2012, 04:09 PM
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I replaced my control arms, bushings and links with Meyle about 1k miles ago. I've noticed recently that going over small bumps at low speeds the steering wheel moves to the right or left depending on the bump. It just doesn't feel right - no sounds - just a movement of the steering wheel.

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Did you get an alignment afterwards?
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:34 PM
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Did you get an alignment afterwards?
No I didn't - but planned to - the steering wheel isn't completely centered. But this issue didn't start until recently- a few months after the replacement.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:01 PM
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it could be the steering flex coupling.

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Old 09-25-2012, 06:32 PM
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No I didn't - but planned to - the steering wheel isn't completely centered. But this issue didn't start until recently- a few months after the replacement.
You can't make any assumptions without an alignment. When I did my ZHP control arms my car was all over the place until I got one. It tramlined badly, likely due to the toe being way out of spec. I'd say your tires have now worn in (probably in a bad way) and that is why it is "changing". You need an alignment asap, I bet it cures your issue immediately.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:00 AM
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Just dropped the car off for an alignment - thanks for the advice! I'll follow up later -
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:42 AM
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Just dropped the car off for an alignment - thanks for the advice! I'll follow up later -
Ask the shop if they cornerweight the car during the alignment.
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Ask the shop if they cornerweight the car during the alignment.
They can only do that if the car has coil overs.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:26 AM
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Dealership called - the back tire was out of alignment - they also told me that the control arms were not "seated" properly - but it wasn't a huge deal?? As I mentioned, I had my indy replace the arms, bushings and links. What does that mean - not seated properly??
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Dealership called - the back tire was out of alignment - they also told me that the control arms were not "seated" properly - but it wasn't a huge deal?? As I mentioned, I had my indy replace the arms, bushings and links. What does that mean - not seated properly??
I wonder if he meant the CAB housings weren't properly seated into the locator dowels on the frame. Only thing I can think of, if that were the case it is an easy fix. But says nothing good about the quality of your indy.
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:20 PM
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So what do you think - take it back to my Indy and explain what the dealer said?

So I drove the car home - alignment feels good - but the steering wheel is still off center - what is the deal?
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:40 PM
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If steering wheel is still off center, then it means they didn't do quality job.

Mine is bit off also, mate gave bit discount of that alignment and i'll be back to redo it anyway because we found out that some rear bushings aren't too good anymore either, but it's ok to roll for some while now.
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