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    i've just bought my 316ti se a few months ago and everything seemed fine at first. Then i noticed that the steering and the behavior of the car was just wrong. when driving, the car would suddenly veer to one side without any movement of the steering wheel.
    I had a mooch about underneath and found that the lower control arm rear bushes were shot to hell. I've changed them and there is no improvement.
    Has anybody had a simmerlar problem and if so suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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    Check the the rear trailing arm bushes (RTABs). When these a worn they can cause a lot of loose feeling in the steering.

    Video of E36 bushing under driving conditions -


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    where is that on the car. looks about right for what mines doing though
     
     

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    Number 4 on here - http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...40&hg=33&fg=30

    Number 3 on here - http://www.powerflex.co.uk/products/...%29-303/1.html

    Its a good idea to change to poly bushes when doing the swap. They are stiffer, wear more slowly and are easier to replace as they just push in without having to use a press.

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    you have just done these if i read your 1st post correctly?
    if they were very badly worn,its possible that they have accelerated wear on the ball joints in the lower arm...if you can check them there should be no play felt
    what i've felt,what i've known
    never shined through in what i've shown.

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    You shouldnt be driving the car till this fault is fixed!!!
     
     

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    Hi Mark,

    Thought these were the control arms? And the bushings were at the rear? http://www.flickr.com/photos/wmliu/3740236590/

    Prob wrong though!

    Nice Metallica lyrics dude!

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    thats correct lashash
    i was directing my comment at the op
    what i've felt,what i've known
    never shined through in what i've shown.

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