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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 08-13-2007, 11:13 AM
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the steering wheel on my 328is starts to shake at around 60mph now...I've got new steering rack and struts for it already. Spent big bucks on having it replaced...I need to know what else I need to do to get it fixed. Any ideas ?
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Old 08-13-2007, 11:15 AM
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Maybe warped rotors buddy, i would get your braking system checked as well as your wheel bearings
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Old 08-13-2007, 11:45 AM
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would warped rotors cause that? I've been outta town two weeks before driving it to work this morning. It was doing great after I got the struts and steering rack changed...and then it started happening this morning. I'm thinking maybe wheel bearings and springs? I kept the old springs.
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Old 08-13-2007, 11:49 AM
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If it has been sitting for a few weeks without being driven, i would get you pads checked

You could take it out for a 'spirited' drive and see if there is just some crap/rush on them that needs working off

just be careful!
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Old 08-13-2007, 11:49 AM
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did you check the tie rod?
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can you drive through it?

if you are doing 60 and its there see if you can go faster if it goes as you get fast something like 75 - 80 its most probally wheel balancing also if you have replace rack and ball joints then the tracking might be out, this will make you wear your tyres faster on the edges and which edge depends on ifs its towing in or out.

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Old 08-13-2007, 11:51 AM
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hey guys,
the steering wheel on my 328is starts to shake at around 60mph now...I've got new steering rack and struts for it already. Spent big bucks on having it replaced...I need to know what else I need to do to get it fixed. Any ideas ?
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tire condition?
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Old 08-13-2007, 11:57 AM
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still think it's the tie rod!!!
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Old 08-13-2007, 11:59 AM
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well..i got new tires...they're about 3 weeks old...the wheels were realigned at the same time i got my rack changed out.
and also..it only happens at around 60mph...
its fine passed 65~70mph and below 60.
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Old 08-13-2007, 12:00 PM
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still think it's the tie rod!!!
how do i tell if its a faulty tie rod?
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can you drive through it?

if you are doing 60 and its there see if you can go faster if it goes as you get fast something like 75 - 80 its most probally wheel balancing also if you have replace rack and ball joints then the tracking might be out, this will make you wear your tyres faster on the edges and which edge depends on ifs its towing in or out.

hope this helps bob
I'm with you on this one. Get the tracking checked first before you think about spending on other 'possibilities'. CHECK YOUR TYRES for uneven wear - a sure sign. Even if there are not outward wear signs of wear get it checked anyway as it could be in the early stages. It is cheaper to get your wheels balanced than a new set of tyres.
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Old 08-13-2007, 12:02 PM
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I'm with you on this one. Get the tracking checked first before you think about spending on other 'possibilities'. CHECK YOUR TYRES for uneven wear - a sure sign. Even if there are not outward wear signs of wear get it checked anyway as it could be in the early stages. It is cheaper to get your wheels balanced than a new set of tyres.
hmm...my tires are about 3 weeks old...would it be too early to look for tire wear?
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its very easy to throw a wheel weight especially if you have alloys and they have used the stick on ones.

a tie rod i think is what we call a track rod end this goes on the end of the steering rack and you can normally tell if they are one the way out by gently rocking the steering wheel from side to side only a few inches and you hear a knocking.
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how do i tell if its a faulty tie rod?
I'm saying this because on my car I had the same exact problem, took it to a mechanic, he fixed the tie rods and it was perfect.
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Old 08-13-2007, 12:09 PM
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I'm saying this because on my car I had the same exact problem, took it to a mechanic, he fixed the tie rods and it was perfect.
hmm...i'll have it checked out soon...but man this one's a big money pit for me...can't believe how much i've spent on the car since i got it last month.
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hmm...my tires are about 3 weeks old...would it be too early to look for tire wear?
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When you had the tyres fitted, did they check the tracking?? I must say that when I had mine checked, and the tracking was found to be out, I had it put on a machine that looked like something out of Star Trek. It took ages to rectify and cost me about 125 GBP - cheaper than a new set of Pirellis though!!

Can you remember what the other tyres were like that were replaced ?
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its very easy to throw a wheel weight especially if you have alloys and they have used the stick on ones.

a tie rod i think is what we call a track rod end this goes on the end of the steering rack and you can normally tell if they are one the way out by gently rocking the steering wheel from side to side only a few inches and you hear a knocking.
ok. i'll try that when i get home to make sure.
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Old 08-13-2007, 12:12 PM
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Cars are a parasite on your wallet buddy...at least you have one made by the greatest car maker on earth!!!
have to agree with you about that pete...
but i'm almost building my way up to a nice new motorcycle with the repairs now...which is what i want next
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When you had the tyres fitted, did they check the tracking?? I must say that when I had mine checked, and the tracking was found to be out, I had it put on a machine that looked like something out of Star Trek. It took ages to rectify and cost me about 125 GBP - cheaper than a new set of Pirellis though!!

Can you remember what the other tyres were like that were replaced ?
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is tracking the same as wheel alignment? I do remember paying for wheel alignment. Which took away a good saturday morning for me. And i know that two rear tires are shot / old and the two front ones were mismatched.

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I think my rotors are warped too, because I have serious Shaking while Braking but I simply don't have to money to fix it.
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Still get your brakes checked!
hey pete,
I'm actually thinking about changing all four brakes pad / rotors just because the previous owners didn't really care to maintain the car like they were suppose to...
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I think my rotors are warped too, because I have serious Shaking while Braking but I simply don't have to money to fix it.
well, i guess you can swap out the rotors yourself. It not a relatively expensive part...i don't think. But I am thinking about some ebc rotors. except last time i asked...nobody would tell me what size rotors i should use...
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I have EBC rotors and they are awesome

No idea on the size though
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