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Re: E34 WANDERING.... (archive)

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Posted by Michael Holland on November 03, 1999 at 16:05:03:

In Reply to: E34 WANDERING.... posted by Joe Mazza on November 03, 1999 at 11:17:53:

: I seem to remember a thread on E34 wandering. I recently had my thrust arm bustings replaced to correct a problem with a shimmy when braking at speed. It fixed that problem completely, but now the car seems to wander excessively, requireing quite a bit more concentration to drive than I remember before the repair.

: Any thoughts as to what the problem might be?

: Joe Mazza
: '90 535i(m) 211K+ miles and still going strong...

My 89 525i was disturbing to drive, When the car was up on the rack for wheel balancing, I grabbed the front tires and manually turned the tire from left to right. I found almost an inch of slop in the left tie rod end and about 1/4 " in the right tie rod end. I picked up the tie rod ends at Global imports took them home and installed them. The rest of the joints were in good shape. The e34 seems to be much stronger than the e28. I took the car in for allignment and the problem was gone. Apparently though bimmers are very particular with alignment, I had to go back 3 times (NTB, Chattanooga)before finally getting the allignment the way it should be. The way their specs read or the way 3 different mech read the specs lead to rapid outer tire wear.

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