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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 08-29-2007, 12:10 PM
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Help needed

I have a 96 E36. I'm a bit thick when it comes to the working of a car. I need some advice. Sometimes when driving and quite often on braking the car pulls slightly to the left. I'm thinking either the tracking is out or wishbones.

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Old 08-29-2007, 12:21 PM
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Its most likely your wheel alignment, or you might need new tyres.
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:23 PM
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Just changed the tyres so maybe the alignment. Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:31 PM
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Thats probably what it is then, if you just changed them. Did it start doing it after you got them, or has it been going on before?
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:33 PM
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:35 PM
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It was like it before I changed the tyres.
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:53 PM
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No vibration. Is that a good thing?
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Yeah, means your brake pads and Rotors are not warped
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Old 08-29-2007, 02:56 PM
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Thanks for the advice guys
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Old 09-02-2007, 04:42 AM
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Spoke to Kwik Fit about getting the alignment done on my car and was told only BMW can do it. Does anyone know if it can be done anywhere else as BMW quoted me 350.00gbp.

Please say I don't need to pay that much.
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Spoke to Kwik Fit about getting the alignment done on my car and was told only BMW can do it. Does anyone know if it can be done anywhere else as BMW quoted me 350.00gbp.

Please say I don't need to pay that much.
Alignment can be done at any tyre fitting place or garage with the laser alignment things and mirrors. BMW charges more and charges a fixed price, whereas an independent will only charge you based on what needs aligning, and it will be cheaper.


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Yeah, means your brake pads and Rotors are not warped
Pirate, I had new tyres and alignment done a few months ago, but the car still moves to the left slightly if I don't hold the steering wheel, and the steering wheel shakes under braking. Why would I have warped brake pads and rotors? Is that what it could be, or just worn parts in the steering gear?
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Just another quick tip.....make sure the tire pressures are equal. if there not, that could cause the pulling as well.

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good call cone!
BMW, if your car's steering wheel vibrates under braking then your rotors are warped. Thats the main reason.
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I just did some reading about this issue. I might have a look into high quality ceramic pads and standard rotors, as the issue seems to be that a rotor is a rotor, made of iron, whereas the pads are composites and the best ones are made to be heat resistant. The copper filaments in the ceramic help to draw heat away from the rotors, which prevents warping of them because they don't get as hot. So pads seem to be the key here.
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Old 09-02-2007, 06:37 AM
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Spoke to Kwik Fit about getting the alignment done on my car and was told only BMW can do it. Does anyone know if it can be done anywhere else as BMW quoted me 350.00gbp.

Please say I don't need to pay that much.
1. Never take you car to kwik fit, they are far to expensive and are usually the independent tire fitters rejects anyway.

2. Any tire place got do it or major garage over here in the uk.

Agree with Cone. the tyre pressure could be the key on this one, so check that out first, as its free to do so.
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Just another quick tip.....make sure the tire pressures are equal. if there not, that could cause the pulling as well.

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plus diffrent makes of tyre on the same axle can do this as well but mostly on the front
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I just did some reading about this issue. I might have a look into high quality ceramic pads and standard rotors, as the issue seems to be that a rotor is a rotor, made of iron, whereas the pads are composites and the best ones are made to be heat resistant. The copper filaments in the ceramic help to draw heat away from the rotors, which prevents warping of them because they don't get as hot. So pads seem to be the key here.
EBC Green or Red stuffs are your friend mate...not too expensive either
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Mine shakes sometimes and not others, I know it's pads and rotors because I checked the bushings, I was just curious to why it would only do it every once in a while
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Mine shakes sometimes and not others, I know it's pads and rotors because I checked the bushings, I was just curious to why it would only do it every once in a while
That's actually true of mine as well, it doesn't always do it under braking, weird eh?
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