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Vibration in steering wheel

Discussion in 'E46 (1999-2006)' started by elsbmw, May 27, 2010.

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    elsbmw

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    In my E46 when I first get going in the morning and get up to 50+ mph the steering wheel starts to vibrate and makes some noise but then after about a couple of miles it stops. Any ideas?
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    lcjhnsn

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    What year is the car and how many miles?

    The fact that the vibration goes away says It might be the tires flat spotting after sitting a while

    Otherwise, tie rod ends or ball joints
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    elsbmw

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    Thanks for the info. The car is a 2005 E46 with 43,000mi.

    jayhawk0007 guest

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    vibration

    check you contol arm bushing they are probale worn it happened to me changed the control arm bushing problemed solved

    SuperBimmer guest

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    All the time. Commen failure part.
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    lkchris

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    You must have 17-in or larger wheels, with the concurrent lower-profile tires.

    It's flat spotting, as noted.

    One really pays a lot for the "looks" of large tires/low profile tires and in reality receives very little in return besides those looks.
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    Helman

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    Hello, My car (2000 323ci coupe) did the same thing .... tech found out it was something called a GEBO? ............

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    cdiesel guest

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    E46 with the shAkEs

    ....and it can be a sticking brake caliper - piston -
    remove the wheels and inspect/service the pads/calipers/sliding pins
    Might be seizing calipers - common with yer age and low mileage
    because the pad wear is nil and the caliper doesn't move much - stays
    nearly in one position -

    SRG guest

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    Another vote for control arm bushings.

    Our '01 325xi wagon (5 speed baby, 75k mi.) just had hers replaced - about 70 bucks for the bushings and 200 labor = vibration gone.

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