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Old 05-03-2012, 05:10 AM
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lower control arms

So my 525 was shaking a lot between 55 and 65 MPH. I put it on a lift and saw it needed lower and upper control arms. Yesterday I put lower control arms on, not upper yet, and now it drives with less vibration and is much sturdier but it drives like a truck the steering sways a lot and at lower speeds I can steer all the way to the left or right and let go of the wheel and push the gas and it will just keep steering that way with out turning back. What's going on?
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:57 AM
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ive never run into this issue myself but i would say finish up the upper control arms and then try and diognose the problem, it could be the the worn ball joint binding in some way.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:11 AM
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Yeah that's what I figured OK I'll do that and leave feedback
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:12 AM
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awesome!
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:47 PM
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could it be idler arms? as well.
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:28 PM
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Have had this issue before but not on a BMW. First drive after replacement, I nearly ran into a light pole because the steering was so tight. After a bit of use though, all loosened up. Give a little use and see if it does.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:33 AM
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Did you have the full weight of the car on the arms before you tightened them? Common mistake. The car can not be in the air when you tighten the arms as it will stress the bushings when you lower it back down. Not sure that it causes steering issues though.
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