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94,e34,tds,touring,wheel
At around 50/ 60 Mph its got a shake through the steering wheel. It disapeers above and below that.
The fella we bought it from said it needs the front wheels balancing- but i think its worse than that..
I have read else where that these cars at a certain milelage will need certain front bushes replacing.

So this weekend i'll get the wheels balanced first- and then jack it up onto stands, whip wheels off and check it out underneth..BUT..

Any particular bushes that go first- ie control arms etc

and if so- any special tools needed or can i just buy complete arms?

It has a slight knock sound when going over bumps too.

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Start with the balancing and have the tyres checked to ensure they are in good condition. Also get the wheels inspected for buckles etc.

There are numerous bushes that can effect the steering on the front but do the above first as it can become very involving.

I was tempted to move this to the wheels or tyres forum but i'm going to hold back a for now to see which direction this thread moves in:thumbsup
 

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One easy check is to jack up a front wheel and see if there is any play side to side. Lower control arm ball joint is an easy check and a common fault. Easy to replace yourself
 

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cool- thanks very much. I shall check it on sunday hopefully. wheres the cheapest place to get these bushes?
I'll check with superpro etc
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as far as im aware its a common issue with 5 series, my 520 does it and my mates 535 does it, all e34's so i wouldnt get to concerned just yet, mine does it at around 60mph at first i would a little concerned to past that speed incase it got worse but just like you it goes away once past around 65mph, my 520 hasnt had anything done to it since ive owned it and it drives a1 still
 

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yeah. I've read elsewhere that its common. If it looks quick enough to fix i'll do it. But we did buy this car to drive not fix. I like working on cars and just restored my mazda but right now its too bloody cold to have to be under a car! Having looked at that picture above i can see how a wobble comes in with that bush being worn. Great idea posting up those oem pictures!
 

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Its got wheels from a later car- not sure what though- i'll post a picture up tomorrow.
Ah ha... now we're cooking. The centre bore of those on a later model is larger than the E34 IIRC. If this is this case then a spigot ring will be required to centralise the wheel to the hub correctly. The 5 series is extremely sensitive to wheel replacement.

When a wheel is offered up to the hub before inserting the bolts the hole of the wheel should fit nice and snug around the lip of the hub. If there is the slightest of movement then balancing issues will be experienced. It doesn't matter how well you think you have centralised the wheel you will still get problems:thumbsup
 

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Ahhhhhh- i had the same problem with my old mk1 escort back in NZ. I'll check that this friday- if it is the case then my mates got a machine shop and i was a fitter turner back in NZ so sweet!!
Cheers man- might be the simplist of things eh!!!
 

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Ahhhhhh- i had the same problem with my old mk1 escort back in NZ. I'll check that this friday- if it is the case then my mates got a machine shop and i was a fitter turner back in NZ so sweet!!
Cheers man- might be the simplist of things eh!!!
On occasions it is the case:hihi
 

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Well after doing the glowplugs i jacked up car , removed wheels and check some things out.
first off- the wheels locate fine- and are also held central by tapered seats on the wheels bolts. they run true and no binding.

But the inner control arm bush on drivers side is shagged! You fellas were spot on!:) It is number 8 in that diagram. If i grab the hub i can move it in and out - the bush has at least 2/3 mm of free play.

Near side is fine- no movement.

So can i get the bush seperately or does it come complete with arm?
A friend has a press so replacing just the bush is fine.

If I can get it seperately then who and where- what price- i'd be happy to fit superflex/ superpro etc
 

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I'll do that and show how (or how not to...) to replace it with a bunch of various sized hammers....:silly
 
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