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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 03-27-2014, 08:53 AM
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Allowable play on I6 thrust arms?

I purchased Meyle control arms and their HD thrust arms a little while ago just as a preventative maintenance thing. I had the steering wheel shimmy at 45-55 MPH so I figured the upper and lower arms' bushings or ball joints have gone awry. I lifted the front end and pushed/pulled hard on the control arm - zero movement. I move onto the thrust arms and do the same. When I pushed and pulled as hard as I could there was maybe a 1/2 cm of play at the bushing.

Is any bit of play not allowed? I have scoured almighty google and could not find a definitive answer for either the V8 or I6 line. The thrust and control arms look to be original BUT at 152K miles now on my 530i I don't think so. Should I install the new arms anyway for good measure or return them and wait til there is an obvious sign of bushing/ball joint failure.
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:03 AM
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I'd just replace them since you're a very competent DIYer.
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:20 AM
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Best way Ive found to know when my wifes e39's need replacing is to have her start driving forward then get on the brakes. The wheel gets all out of whack when they go bad.

Very easy to spot. I do this test when she tells me the steering wheel has started shaking going down the road
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Old 03-27-2014, 11:21 AM
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I will post a vid of it acting up when I get ready to do the change out on her e39 in about a week.
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:55 PM
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i just went through the same thing ... checked the bushings for movement and the "looked" good . upon closer inspection i found dried oil stains on them. after removing them (not as easy as the V8) the were cracked and needed replacing . so you should change them
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