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Old 08-18-2006, 09:08 AM   #1
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Question Steering wheel shaking while braking

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When driving on a highway (100 km/h and up) when braking, my steering wheel starts to shake like crazy... Any idea what that might be? I'm thinking of changing all my rotors as well as the pads... Could it be that?
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Old 08-18-2006, 09:10 AM   #2
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it could me NEW ROTOR and PAD time, alignment or things of that nature......


take it too a shop. It is not that safe to have tremendous shaking, upsets the car.
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Old 08-18-2006, 09:23 AM   #3
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If it shakes only when you brake then its your front rotors that need to be replaced. You can try machining them but I would not recommend it.

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Old 08-18-2006, 09:40 AM   #4
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I have ordered BREMBO CROSS-DRILLED ROTORS for my e36, are they any good?
Hopefully they will solve my problem...
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Old 08-18-2006, 10:30 AM   #5
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i think its has nothing to do with the rotors, i had the same problem, took it to the shop and they did the allinment for me and the problem was gone!!!
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Old 08-18-2006, 10:55 AM   #6
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What model car?
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It's 318 is, 1996
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Old 08-18-2006, 11:52 AM   #8
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i have the same problem with my car. its brake pulsations, you need to replace the front rotors. for all 4 rotors from bmw will probaly run u around 400 bucks. good luck
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Thanks guys... Will be changing all my rotors tomorrow morning... Just in case, will go to the shop as well, and see if my wheels need an alignment...
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Check the front control arm bushings while your there, that's what caused the vibration on my car.
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Old 08-18-2006, 02:43 PM   #11
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Wheel alignment will not cause vibration or shaking.
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Old 08-18-2006, 08:27 PM   #12
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I'm with stupid, err Nelson, control arm bushings. Rotors could be warped too but tight bushings wouldn't let it feel that bad. Try braking harder in the meantime, that will reduce the shudder.
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Check the front control arm bushings while your there, that's what caused the vibration on my car.
Yup, I had the same problem and it was the control arm bushings.
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I have changed the rotors as well as brake pads, it did not solve the problem... Went to the shop, they said my wheel alignment is good. Gonna go and replace control arm bushings & ball joints... Hopefully that will solve the problem...
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Old 08-21-2006, 11:02 AM   #15
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i had the same symptoms when my caliper was failing. eventually it shook while driving.

a tip i got from a bmw mechanic wa to lube the pistons with brake fluid...i do it probably every 3-4 months and the caliper is still working and its been 1.5 yrs.

apparently if you do this to all your calipers regularly (once a year or so) you'll probably never have to replace them.


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