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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 05-25-2009, 11:54 AM
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*****"floaty" feeling in rear end*****

I just got my first BMW and when I accelerate around a corner, hit any bumps it seems to float side to side very very bad. Could someone please help me out wiht this please. Im sorry if there is already a hundred posts on this but im just not sure what exactly it is. Im guessing its some kind of bushing or maybe the sway bar.

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Old 05-25-2009, 04:02 PM
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Old 05-25-2009, 07:26 PM
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Check your tyre pressure first! I had the same problem with our ML350 just the other day and it turned out to be as simple as filling up the tyres to the correct pressure.
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:42 PM
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Stock struts being a '93? They are well beyond gone by now, replace them as well as RSM's.
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:21 AM
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:25 AM
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Trailing arm bushings if the hop is in the rear, ball joints or Lower control arm bushings if it is in the front.
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:27 AM
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Old 05-26-2009, 08:45 AM
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:07 AM
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1 dead shocks
2 rear trail arm bushings

both can cause floating and side to side movement
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Old 05-27-2009, 08:51 AM
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Shot rear sub-frame bushings maybe??
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:24 AM
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springs teng to snap at the ends and give instability
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Old 05-28-2009, 03:55 PM
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Thanks alot for everyones help. Im replacing the trailingarm bushings this weekend. I replaced the shocks recently so I know thats not what it is. Along the line of tires that maybe part of the problem as well. Thanks again guys.
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...tires that maybe part of the problem as well...
I heard of cars actually vibrating cause the beads in their tyres were snapped but no air leaked out! So yeah, that might be a cause as well. Whatever it is Cody, hope you get it sorted out soon!
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Old 05-30-2009, 01:19 AM
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I heard of cars actually vibrating cause the beads in their tyres were snapped but no air leaked out! So yeah, that might be a cause as well. Whatever it is Cody, hope you get it sorted out soon!
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+1 on shocks and bushings. start with shocks, easy to tell if they are gone. i think tyres have nothing to do with the behaviour his car shows on bumps and how it rebounds.
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:00 AM
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Replace the trailing arm bushes with Polyurethane ones. Trust me on this - it will save you hours of heartache and general grumpiness
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