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Old 05-09-2016, 07:07 AM
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Steering Wheel shakes at high speeds + slight pull right

Long story short: Steering wheel vibrates around 60-70 MPH but then seems to get better at high speeds, also if I take my hands off the wheel the car immediately starts to pull right. I recently had my tires rotated, an alignment done and checked the tire pressure (which was really off btw) but to no avail. Any ideas? My last hope before taking it to a shop is getting the wheels balanced, just trying to avoid the $500 bill for presumably suspension repairs if I can. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-09-2016, 07:37 AM
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500$ to balance wheels? Wow.. what wheels do you have lol

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Old 05-09-2016, 07:39 AM
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500$ to balance wheels? Wow.. what wheels do you have lol

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guess I should have made it more clear, I'd rather spend the 80-100 to balance wheels than spend $500 at a shop for what I assume would be suspension issues.
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Old 05-09-2016, 08:35 AM
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My bet would be radial pull. I've had it many, many, times over the years.

http://www.agcoauto.com/content/news/p2_articleid/181

It can be maddening and usually the only resolution is for you to pay to replace the tires. At least I could never get them replaced under warranty. That and sidewall undulations is another reason why I quit buying "bargain" tires. I've stuck to German made Pirelli Scorpions on my X3. In 175,000 miles I've never had one single issue with them. They run true and smooth from new right down to the wear bars.
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:30 AM
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Only reason I'm doubting its the tires is because its consistently pulling right even after rotating my tires, the tire that was in the front right is now in the back left.
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Old 05-09-2016, 10:00 AM
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Only reason I'm doubting its the tires is because its consistently pulling right even after rotating my tires, the tire that was in the front right is now in the back left.
Mind you I'm just spitballing here.... But since we have independent rear suspension could the tire that was pulling the front to the right be pulling the rear to the left? If it were on a truck with solid rear axle definitely not but maybe it's pulling enough to flex the bushings enough to pull the rear to the left with would still make it go to the right. Just a thought.

I know how maddening this can be but if your alignment is spot on it has to be in the tires.

Does the shop that aligns your car use ballast like BMW requires?

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Old 05-09-2016, 10:22 AM
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Does the shop that aligns your car use ballast like BMW requires?

I actually took it to a BMW dealer to have it aligned.
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Old 05-09-2016, 06:30 PM
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Did the car pull before the alignment?

How were the tires rotated? There is more than one way to rotate tires. How do you know the former r/f tire is now the l/r tire?

Who checked the tire pressure?
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Old 05-10-2016, 05:26 AM
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Bent wheel?
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:48 AM
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Long story short: Steering wheel vibrates around 60-70 MPH but then seems to get better at high speeds, also if I take my hands off the wheel the car immediately starts to pull right. I recently had my tires rotated, an alignment done and checked the tire pressure (which was really off btw) but to no avail. Any ideas? My last hope before taking it to a shop is getting the wheels balanced, just trying to avoid the $500 bill for presumably suspension repairs if I can. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Ok so i had the SAME exact issue about a month ago on my e92 335i. Car drove perfectly when I bought it from a private seller. First thing I do is check the psi on the tires and they were all around 60lbs atleast! brought them down to spec and my steering started to vibrate around 70+ mph and pulled to the right.... and the inside of my front tires start to wear like crazy (mostly the front right). Pulled the wheel off and discovered that I have a small bend on the wheel. So took some wood planks and rubber hammer and banged it out. So then decided to get all new tires, got them mounted and balanced and also go an alignment done on the car. Everything is back to normal now.
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:50 PM
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Did the car pull before the alignment?

How were the tires rotated? There is more than one way to rotate tires. How do you know the former r/f tire is now the l/r tire?

Who checked the tire pressure?
They only rotated 2 of them, the front right went to the back left and then the back left to the front right and I checked the pressure when I was at the gas station, it tells you what your pressure is currently at before you add air.
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:52 PM
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Ok so i had the SAME exact issue about a month ago on my e92 335i. Car drove perfectly when I bought it from a private seller. First thing I do is check the psi on the tires and they were all around 60lbs atleast! brought them down to spec and my steering started to vibrate around 70+ mph and pulled to the right.... and the inside of my front tires start to wear like crazy (mostly the front right). Pulled the wheel off and discovered that I have a small bend on the wheel. So took some wood planks and rubber hammer and banged it out. So then decided to get all new tires, got them mounted and balanced and also go an alignment done on the car. Everything is back to normal now.
Yea I'm thinking I might just beak down and get a new set of tires, the previous owner had 2 different types of on this car so 2 of them are newer. Gonna call the local shop first though and have them take a look, would have to spend the cash on new tires then have the same issues still.
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Old 05-13-2016, 05:05 AM
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Yea I'm thinking I might just beak down and get a new set of tires, the previous owner had 2 different types of on this car so 2 of them are newer. Gonna call the local shop first though and have them take a look, would have to spend the cash on new tires then have the same issues still.
I had 2 different brands of tires once and the handling was completely different. Just make sure if you do a final alignment you have someone do it that UNDERSTANDS what the car needs. A lot of local shops strictly go by what the book says and sometimes thats just not what the car needs and can still drive poorly. Ive had this before where I needed an emergency alignment and dealer was booked. The regular tire shop ended up screwing my entire alignment off in the rear. My car would literally throw the rear every time i drove over bumps at regular and high speeds and i lost 50% of my tread within a month or less. When got back to my home town i immediately went to my guy that specializes ONLY in alignments and then drove like the ultimate driving machine Sometimes the cheaper you pay for a deal will cost you the most in the future

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