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Yeah, check the alignment (archive)

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Posted by Gilbert on December 23, 1999 at 17:36:31:

In Reply to: Re: Wandering 1988 735i posted by John on December 22, 1999 at 23:40:35:

Wandering sounds like camber???

: Mike;
: As the dealer attacked the center drag link and steering box adjustment (I'm thinking this is the "pre-load" adjustment) I would think they thouroughly inspected the other front suspension parts. This should include upper and lower control arms, tie rods and the upper strut housing bearings.

: Rear carrier bushings - The car does wander when these are warn. Other tell tales are clunking when applying power and easing off on the throttle, and, diagonally crossing a bump.

: The dealer should be able to assess bushing condition. Mine failed with 180,000 miles and 10 years old.

: Another trick I pull is to take it into a reputable 3rd Party alignment shop and have a four wheel thrust alignment. A good technician will dial it in and then move the vehicle and see if the specified measurements are repeatable. If they are not, he picked up the carrier bushings and a front wheel bearings this way.

: John 88 735iL (225k)
: 79 320i (250k)
: 95 Disco

: : I have a 1988 735i SE (E32) and it seems to wander , not pull.
: : My local BMW dealer have adjusted the steering pre-load(whatever that is) and replaced th centre drag link arm , niether of these made ANY differenc...
: : Has anyone got any ideas...Please..
: : Could it be the REAR axle carrier bushes or free play in the steering box..

: : Help Please.

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