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tuan_xi 10-27-2010 06:28 PM

e46 nasty shake at highway speeds
hey guys! my 2004 325xi
-lowered on H&Rs
-120,000 km on the clock
-i have 17x8 tsw nurburgrings 35offset squared, wrapped in potenza re760 sports
- 3 months ago i replaced the passenger front cv shaft
-last week i replaced the drive side cv and lower control arm.

i take the same route home everyday, going the same speed all the way home, lately from 90-100 im getting a wicked vibration felt through the gas pedal, the seat and steering wheel. ( i work at a service center) today i got the car up in the air, took the wheels off...inspected, balanced and rotated them. still the problem persist. has anyone had this problem before?

dbworld4k 10-27-2010 07:00 PM

Check your tires for bubbles in the sidewall. You'd be surprised how often that can happen...

tuan_xi 10-27-2010 07:15 PM

^ smooth like the body lines of an e46, any other ideas?

sol_searchin 10-27-2010 07:52 PM

Hub centric ring's for the rim's?

tuan_xi 10-27-2010 07:55 PM

^ maybe? but this is vibration just started latly... ive had the wheels for over a month now, plus i dont think i have room for rings, its almost a flush fit when it comes to the center bore of the wheels to my hubs

Seyar 10-27-2010 08:34 PM

When you did the lower control arm, did you change the bushings too? That can cause viberation aswell.

pawcio 10-27-2010 08:39 PM

warped rotor on the front?...check if it rubs the pad intermittently

sol_searchin 10-27-2010 08:43 PM

I doubt it's the brake's, IF you drove before with no hub ring's and it was fine then it wouldn't be that. Could be an axle also, Best bet is to jack it up and drive it with the wheels off the ground.

tuan_xi 10-27-2010 10:17 PM


Originally Posted by tegboi (Post 1460502)
When you did the lower control arm, did you change the bushings too? That can cause viberation aswell.

good question, i checked the bushing out when it was out of the car, not a single crack,, everything was intact so i put it back in. but you think that could give me a shake at specific speeds?

im gonna put the car up 2morrow and drive it and see whats up, this vibration is unbearable, its like driving on the warning strips on the highway with bricks for shocks!

Blades 10-27-2010 10:58 PM

sometimes the sticker weights can come off and throw your wheels off balance .. it happened to me.

tuan_xi 10-28-2010 09:07 AM

i also forgot to mention. i replaced my thermostat last week as well, i didnt chip the clutch fan but id thought id rule that out

InfiniteDice 10-28-2010 10:21 AM

Generally speaking if it comes and goes at differing speeds then it's a wheel. Swap the front wheels to the back and you'll find out fast.

Adrian_Lindn 10-28-2010 12:16 PM

Possible Lower COntrol Arm bushings have worn? But your car is fairly new so i doubt it.

slemmer 10-28-2010 01:34 PM


dbworld4k 10-28-2010 04:58 PM


Originally Posted by tuan_xi (Post 1460475)
^ smooth like the body lines of an e46, any other ideas?

Did you check the inner sidewalls too? I discovered bubbles on the inside before when the rims were taken off. Kinda scary as I had no vibrations or any other indication, yet a blowout could have occurred without warning.

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