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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 12-14-2013, 01:22 PM
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My steering wheel shakes.

So I have a 1986 325 es, and the car has not had any suspension maintenance in years, the steering wheel shakes sometimes, and I'm concerned that the rubber boots are probably worn what should be changed?


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Old 12-14-2013, 07:26 PM
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Old 12-14-2013, 07:35 PM
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:51 PM
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Tires out of balance maybe?

Front wheel bearings?

Shocks?
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:00 AM
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Re: My steering wheel shakes.

I would have the tires checked for balance first. If that doesn't fix it have the front end alignment checked.

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Old 12-15-2013, 06:26 AM
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I would replace all the parts Hornhospital showed you then have your tires balanced and get an alignment, it's a 27 yr old car and unless the parts in question have all been replaced in the last few yrs you need to replace them since all of them are rubber and will deteriorate over time .I bet if you look they haven't been done ,your wheel shake is probably control arm bushings.Look and see if it looks like they have any cracks in them or if they have broken free from the outer race.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:18 PM
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:49 PM
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Properly torqued rims, air pressure, balance... check these first.

Are you running spacers by chance?
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Old 12-15-2013, 09:11 PM
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My steering wheel shakes.

Mine did that too, just order new control arm bushings for $60. No need for whole new control arms, since those are steel.


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Old 12-15-2013, 09:25 PM
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you replace the whole control arm and tie rods because the ball joints are worn. take a look at the sway bar links as well.
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:35 AM
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you replace the whole control arm and tie rods because the ball joints are worn. take a look at the sway bar links as well.
You can press the ball joints out of the control arms so you don't need to buy new ones.
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:52 AM
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I just purchased a 2014 528xi luxury line,, this comes with 18 inch rims and tires. from the moment I test drove the car I could feel a slight shake in the steering wheel between 40-80 mph. The salesmen told me I was crazy. I purchased car and 500 miles later I still felt the vibration/ shake in the wheel. I brought the car in and they replaced two continental tires after road force balancing the car. I thought the problem was gone. Local driving you don't notice it, when you go on road trip on a smooth road between 60-80 mph it feels like a tuning fork/vibration in the wheel, the seat and the left armrest. I'm frustrated! I didn't buy a 60k car to have to Google why my steering wheel vibrates anyone have a similar problem. I called service rep,, he said bring the car in again.

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Old 12-30-2013, 07:01 PM
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youre in a whole new realm there buddy. you have high end electronics controlling everything from calipers to the 100s of thought processes a second for the awd system. it could be the electronic steering, offbalanced driveshaft, bad cv, a slightly misaligned machined hub, etc. and with it being a new car, it could be one thing, or half the electrical system.

have the dealer tinker with it for awhile since it is a warranty issue. if they cant figure it out, call it a lemon and get another.
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:19 PM
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Never bring you car in for the last warranty service, YOU WILL BE SORRY!
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I just purchased a 2014 528xi luxury line,, this comes with 18 inch rims and tires. from the moment I test drove the car I could feel a slight shake in the steering wheel between 40-80 mph. The salesmen told me I was crazy. I purchased car and 500 miles later I still felt the vibration/ shake in the wheel. I brought the car in and they replaced two continental tires after road force balancing the car. I thought the problem was gone. Local driving you don't notice it, when you go on road trip on a smooth road between 60-80 mph it feels like a tuning fork/vibration in the wheel, the seat and the left armrest. I'm frustrated! I didn't buy a 60k car to have to Google why my steering wheel vibrates anyone have a similar problem. I called service rep,, he said bring the car in again.

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Hey sorry been a busy week, OK honestly my best guess is it's in the electric speed-proportional power steering but as a BMW tech who no longer works at a dealer I just haven't had to deal with anything as new as your car.I would suggest having worked at a couple of BMW dealers that you might want to take it to a different one next time .I'm sure you know there are lots of them near you in Westchester.The service reps will treat you nice because it's there job but if they can't find a problem then they think your wacky.I suggest you find a stretch of road near the dealer where your car exhibits the behavior your describing then ask to go with the tech when he test drives the car ,have them drive your road so they can see what your feeling.Oh by the way if the sales man really did say you where crazy and this is an issue ,and I'm sure it is .You make sure to go back and get his sorry ass fired.It's a BMW dealership not a Kia dealership. the customer is always right even when their completely wrong!

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