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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 01-07-2013, 04:03 PM
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Lateral axle movement .... I think

Hi all,
It's been a while the issue with the bronze e30 that whenever I reach 70-80 Km/h there is a lot of steering movement. It tends to lower as the speed goes higher.
I'm know its mainly the bushing at the wheels but not sure which ones.
Sway bar or control arm or tie rod.


Any suggestions???
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:30 PM
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ball joints or tie rods.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:43 AM
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Try jacking up the front and see if you can wiggle the wheels by hand. My car had this same problem, needed new tie rods. Hope this is your problem too, tie rods are a lot cheaper (and easier)!
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:21 AM
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ball joints or tie rods.
+1 for both.

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Old 01-08-2013, 10:31 AM
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My car was just doing the same thing around 60-63mph then went away as i went faster.

I just rebuilt my rack (was leaking) new ball joints, tie rods, boots. Alignment Problem solved!
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:39 AM
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Hi all,
It's been a while the issue with the bronze e30 that whenever I reach 70-80 Km/h there is a lot of steering movement. It tends to lower as the speed goes higher.
I'm know its mainly the bushing at the wheels but not sure which ones.
Sway bar or control arm or tie rod.


Any suggestions???
Careful before you start rebuilding the front end.. I replaced my rack and pinion, tie rods and have newer control arms already.. still had a shimmy after the alignment. So I had the wheels balanced.. Ta Dah problem solved. Big problem for these soft rims. They bend easily and unnoticeably. Start with a wheel balancing.. I think it cost me about 30 bucks all together.. much cheaper than the $345 for all I did. (Big discount since I work at a Parts store)
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:52 PM
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Trouble shooting plan then:

Wheel balance
Wheel alignment
Tie tod in and out
Ball joints
Steering rack...


Ps: it wasn't this bad till I switched to bigger rims.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:03 PM
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yea, i would skip the first 2 right off the bat. its not hard to test out the components.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:18 PM
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Should I be changing both in and outer tie rods at once?
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:50 AM
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Very rarely will you have to change inside tie rods.. I work at a parts store and the only vehicles I ever sell a whole lot of inner tie rods for are taurus's and dodge's.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:06 AM
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I'll have to video the tie rod set I took out of an '87 325e. The outers were pretty bad, but the inners literally rattle in the sockets. You really do need the inner boots on these things!


Edit: never mind. The scrap metal guys got them last month. Forgot about that.
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