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Old 03-01-2013, 08:41 AM
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Question "Floatiness" in handling when driving at higher speeds

Hey guys, so lately with my steering in my 98 e36 m3 there's been some feel of "floating" at higher speeds. I was wondering if you guys knew what that could be or if you guys have ever experiences that before!! Thanks
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:44 AM
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Could you be more descriptive? It might just be normal.

Does the steering system make weird noises? Might be low on fluid (and you might have a leak). I'd try flushing it.
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this jared guy sounds intimidating lol.
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:23 PM
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No it does t make noises or anything. It just feels like your floating at high speeds..like the tired startup float off the floor
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:23 PM
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Somewhat like when you hydroplane
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:25 PM
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That is very odd. Like maybe your aerodynamics are changing? It could be normal... How fast are we talking? 100+?
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this jared guy sounds intimidating lol.
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:52 PM
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No I'm going only like 70
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:24 PM
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What are your tire pressures and does it happen on all road conditions?
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:16 PM
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Check your front control arms, bushings, and RTABs.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:53 PM
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Yea it happens on all roads and I just changed my bushings...the car just got aligned so I'm not sure
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:31 AM
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How long have you had the M3? Do you know the history, any accidents? Definitely check the alignment. Camber might be off. It could just be the tires age or condition. This is not a normal thing like it would be on big old american cars.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:47 PM
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I've had the car for 3 years and now accidents one owner and the tired are brand new...they just did alignment for me
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:50 AM
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Bad alignment then, have them recheck it.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:47 PM
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Power steering rack moving about might make the entire front end feel like it is washing out at once?

Tie rods, ball joints, and so on unless both sides suddenly went out at once, not likely would do other things. But the rack is what centrally ties those tie rods together.

Also the rear trailing arm bushings or even the rear subframe to body rubber mounts would let the rear end track a little off center from the front, causing a similar feeling.

Get it going straight and at neutral throttle on flat ground, see if the car shifts left or right when you apply throttle or let off all at once. That is likely something in the rear suspension IMO.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:06 AM
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Shocks/struts are another thing to check. How many miles on them?
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