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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-17-2011, 03:56 PM
reh0515 reh0515 is offline
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front end vibration

hey fellow peeps im having to front end problems. i have some 19" wheels on my car and for the last 4 months it has been vibrating on the front end. when i turn slowly it makes a clacking sound. when i hit the gas and let off it, it make a bump sound. also when i drive at high speed the front end vibrates like crazy especially when it rains. help me out.
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:52 AM
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I would check your control arm bushings. How many miles on your car and what parts, if any, have been replaced in your front suspension?
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:18 AM
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i have about 110,000 miles i dont think any front end work has been done. when i got my rims last june the ran fine for a few weeks and then when i drove around 60-70 it started vibrating especially when it rained. now as soon as the car moves i hear a noise coming from the front end. and as i drive faster it vibrates more but especially when i make a right turn. ima get it checked out but i just wanted to know if anyone had this problem once upgrading to larger wheels.
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:22 AM
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The wheels might have effected your camber which might be causing a worn suspension component to be more noticeable now. That's my guess.
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:26 AM
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never heard of a camber but ima check it out. thanks a lot ill let you know what it was once i get it checked out
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:33 AM
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check the condition of the cv boots while you're under there. at 116k they could have failed and slung out all the grease, leaving a dry cv joint. most front wheel drive cars boots fail anywhere from 80k miles on. most notable symptom is a clacking sound while turning. If it hasn't been going for too long you may be able to repack the joints and reboot them in lieu of having to replace. but at 4 months, if this is your problem you're probably looking at new joints too. the new wheels may have nothing to do with it. the CABs prev. mentioned might, no definitely, also need work at 116k.

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