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Old 03-27-2006, 08:02 PM   #1
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Car shaking when braking

I have a 92 318is, and i bought it back around Christmas time but it was sitting in my driveway during the winter (was taken out every week). I sold my winter beater over the weekend and today was the first day I actually got to drive it. When I hit the traffic on the highway, I had to break from 100 to 25 and I noticed that the steering wheel started shaking when I was breaking.

There was no loss in breaking power, just the vibrating coming from the front wheels and it doesn't seem to do it when at lower speeds, just when i'm going fast (70km and over). Any thoughts on what it could be? Calipers, discs? I'm pretty sure that the breaks were done no too long ago by the previous owner, and when I had the car checked out by my mechanic (back when I bought it), everything seemed to be ok.

Thank you for your help. Dan
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Old 03-27-2006, 08:07 PM   #2
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Might have warped rotors, this can be cause simply just by not knowing how to properly bring the car to a stop. If u brake then let off the brake and on again and off again till u come to a complete stop, u don't evenly wear the rotors. So do it steadily from when u put ur foot on the brake all the way to a dead stop. Try not to create much forward inertia. Also just take it on a long cruise it might even clear up if ur really lucky bein the car has been sitting.
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Old 03-27-2006, 08:56 PM   #3
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check the 5 series boards as it is a common problem. Upper control arm bushings or thrust arms
http://www.bmwe34.net/e34main/mainte.../upper_arm.htm
I think I read somewhere this also applies to E36.
Try a search on it for E36
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Old 03-27-2006, 08:58 PM   #4
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more then likly out of round......i have a brake lave to fix that if u want pm me if interested.
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Old 03-27-2006, 09:06 PM   #5
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Might have warped rotors, this can be cause simply just by not knowing how to properly bring the car to a stop. If u brake then let off the brake and on again and off again till u come to a complete stop, u don't evenly wear the rotors. So do it steadily from when u put ur foot on the brake all the way to a dead stop. Try not to create much forward inertia. Also just take it on a long cruise it might even clear up if ur really lucky bein the car has been sitting.
I've only put on a bit over 100km onto the car so far, so it's definitly not my breaking... I guess i'll drive it for a week and see if it goes away. Thanks
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Old 03-27-2006, 09:08 PM   #6
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check the 5 series boards as it is a common problem. Upper control arm bushings or thrust arms
http://www.bmwe34.net/e34main/mainte.../upper_arm.htm
I think I read somewhere this also applies to E36.
Try a search on it for E36
Thanks for the link. I haven't noticed any vibrating while cruising though, so it's only the breaking part.
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Old 03-27-2006, 09:09 PM   #7
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never know from sitting. my teg i put on new disks let my car sit for a month and took it out and they were warped. its cheap to get them milled
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Old 03-27-2006, 09:24 PM   #8
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never know from sitting. my teg i put on new disks let my car sit for a month and took it out and they were warped. its cheap to get them milled
Awesome. You mentioned a break lave before, what's that exactly?
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ahhhh it basically machines the surface flat/smooth again. so its not warped. its an alternative to buying new rotors....and cheaper. If you want call the shop 905-840-4999 Im still here.
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ahhhh it basically machines the surface flat/smooth again. so its not warped. its an alternative to buying new rotors....and cheaper. If you want call the shop 905-840-4999 Im still here.
geeez... working late... Thanks man, but I'm in Montreal, QC. But I'll definitly have it checked out and machined here if needed.
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Old 03-27-2006, 10:18 PM   #11
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It could be:

rotors - I put my money on that
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i vote for rotors as well..
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Old 03-27-2006, 10:47 PM   #14
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lol yea man workin on some flyers......i didnt even notice that u were in mont. but i would honestly say that would be it....prob not the ball joints cause u never mentioned any noise....but yea get it checked out asap
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first thing is first, swap the front wheels to the back, see if the viberation continues. It could be a wheel lead that fell off.

Check your front control arm bushings mounted at the rear of the control arms. That to me would be the best guess. It's exactly what happened on my car.

The E36's don't have thrust arms.

it can be the rotors, but all of a sudden?
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