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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 11-03-2012, 03:26 PM
shawnhe46 shawnhe46 is offline
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Mein Auto: 2002 325CI
Serious front tire wobble

Have a 2002 325CI. While my wife was driving back from Florida, the car developed a violent front right tire wobble/vibration. Had car towed home. Changed tire and no change. Looked online and noted common problem with control arm bushings. Looked at my front bushing and it was definitely shot. Ordered a polyurethane set and replaced - absolutely no change.

With the car jacked up, I can feel perhaps the slightest play in the tire - but very little - certainly nothing that should cause the car to feel to feel like the tire is about to fall off at 5 mph. It may be bearings but when I try to move the tire by grabbing at the 12 and 6 o'clock position - I get no movement.

While I was able to replace the control arm bushings without too much problem, I am unfamiliar with steering components in general and not the most experienced mechanic. If anyone has any suggestions on something that may be fairly simple to check /replace I would greatly appreciate it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:46 AM
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Tie rods. Depending on millage I would replace tie rods and all the bushings.

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Old 11-04-2012, 10:50 AM
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Thanks Tanner T

I actually broke down and took it to a Firestone shop this morning and am I embarrassed !
I said I wasn't that great of a mechanic and that's an understatement. The tread on the back side of the rear tire had separated and was causing the "tire about to fall off " feel. I am amazed that it didn't go flat after I looked at it. it was also just on the inside and not readily visible. The car was vibrating so badly I really thought it was the front tire - plus that's what the tow truck driver said.

Oh well - the control arm bushings needed replaced anyway.

Also greatly enjoyed your handle pic so that's a positive - thanks.
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