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It's the upper control arms most likely (archive)

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Posted by Chris Rose on September 24, 2001 at 13:28:07:

In Reply to: Going Nuts with Shimmer posted by Doug on September 24, 2001 at 13:18:22:

The exact same problem on my 525 with almost exact mileage as yours. I had the tires balance once just to make sure, but I pretty much knew that is was the thrust arm busings going out. It was intermittent as you described. Crawled under car and could see they were dryed out and small hairline cracks. Replaced them with Lemforder arms complete with pre-installed bushings and ball-joint. This is a well known problem with the E34's. It is a fairly easy job to do yourself which will save you a ton of $$. My cost was about $180 to do it myself.
First off, Thanks to everyone who gave me advice about new brakes for my 5401. You all save me a lot of money.
Okay everyone, here is one that is stumping the BMW dealer and mechanics. I have a 95 540i with 63k miles on it. I bought it about 7 months ago with 55k miles. It had the original rims and tires on it and drove perfectly. I bought 17" OEM 5 spoke rims from a 97 or 98 540 and put on Dunlop SP5000 tires. The test drives were bad, the car had a shimmer. They rebalanced the tires and got the shimmer down a little. I finally took it to a BMW dealer and had it aligned and the tires rebalanced. Still had a problem... A few months later, they put it on something called Road Force which simulates the weight of the car on the tires and spins them and gives a computer read out. The dealer said the tires were out of round. (I don't have the highest faith in this dealer though) Anyway, I got new rear tires put on again... Same problem. The problem is this: 0-45 everything if okay, around 45-55mph I get a shimmy in the front end, I am convinced it is in the front right tire, the steering wheel wobbles a little. From 60- 70 it is okay. Around 75 on up the vibration feels like it is coming from the rear tires. Now the real killer, sometimes it is real bad, sometimes I hardly feel a thing.
This can be in the course of 10 miles. I had the car suspension checked and everything checked out oaky. The front tie rod has a little wear but they said it is no where near needing replacement. HELP!!!!





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