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Old 11-13-2012, 04:06 PM
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Wheel shake

I have a 1990 525i m20 e34 and I sometimes get wheel shake when applying brakes. The shake also happens at speeds over 50 mph.
I was thinking warped rotors but its not everytime I apply brakes.
could it be allignment, rotors, shocks...?
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:12 PM
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Welcome to the Fest.

It's most likely the thrust arms of the front suspension. It is very common. Search here or Google for "e34 shimmy". You should get plenty of information.

If you are handy with tools, there are DIY write ups on it.

Keep in mind that it can be warped rotors, but the fact that it does it around 50 mph when not applying the brakes is classic for worn thrust arms/bushings.

Do a little searching here and you will find multiple threads on it. I believe that YouTube has some videos on changing them out as well.

Again, Welcome.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:35 PM
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Welcome also.

It is your thrust arms. 100% of E34s get it eventually. As sure as a daily driven car will need an oil change eventually.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:36 PM
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BMR_LVR, Thank you very much for the info! I am a new bmw owner and was a little worried. I am pretty handy with mechanics and tools so I will try it. Do you know if I need any special tools to get bushings out or to put back in?
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:39 PM
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95 E34, Thank you very much for the info! I'm going to replace them. Will repost with results when done. Thanks again!
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:50 PM
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BMR_LVR, Thank you very much for the info! I am a new bmw owner and was a little worried. I am pretty handy with mechanics and tools so I will try it. Do you know if I need any special tools to get bushings out or to put back in?
You can buy sets that have both arms and bushings already pressed in. I recommend Meyle brand. FCPGroton.com has affordable kits.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:23 PM
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BMR_LVR, Thank you very much for the info! I am a new bmw owner and was a little worried. I am pretty handy with mechanics and tools so I will try it. Do you know if I need any special tools to get bushings out or to put back in?
The only realy specialty tool that you will need is a torque wrench. The suspension has to be loaded when you torque them down.

There is a link floating around on this forum of a searchable Bentley manual. It is by far the most comprehensive repair manal readily available.

Good luck. Let us know if we can be of assistance.
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With a proper ball-joint separator (not a pickle fork), you needn't even remove the wheels to replace them.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:59 PM
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With a proper ball-joint separator (not a pickle fork), you needn't even remove the wheels to replace them.
Ehhhh trueeeeeeeee but it's just not that hard to take wheels off.

+635,936,915,578,142,016,810,682.9 on the ball joint separator
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:16 PM
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Ehhhh trueeeeeeeee but it's just not that hard to take wheels off.

+635,936,915,578,142,016,810,682.9 on the ball joint separator
I'll go ahead and add the .1 so you will at least have an even number ...... sheesh
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1992 525i - Sold
1995 325is - Sold
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:36 PM
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Ehhhh trueeeeeeeee but it's just not that hard to take wheels off.
Certainly, but after having done the job twice since owning my ride, I can't for the life of me determine the reason for removing them....so long as that's the only maintenance being performed at the time.

There's no procedure in the FSM to remove them. The two associated fasteners are only accessible from the inboard sides.

Now if someone were tempted to use a pickle-fork, they'd need more room to get at the joint...
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:44 PM
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I use ball joint and I've done it THREE times I take the wheels off every time, sooooooo much more room to work in. Anybody who's worked on cars will agree with me that almost 100% of jobs you do, you find yourself despertely hoping for more space at one point or another.
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