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Hi all

Got a problem with my e36 328i

It had a bump before a bought it a month ago on the passenger side front, it has a slight dint in it, anyway it seemed to have knocked the tracking out, i had tracking done and all was ok, until i had a blow out on the rear so had a new tyre put on would i need to get the tracking done again?

Whats happened is now the passenger side front wheel sticks out at a angle about 35 degrees, when the drivers side wheel is facing front and level, the steering wheel is at a angle of 45 degress to the right when i drive and feels light to steer, also when i go over a ramp etc with a passenger in its seem to make a scraping/catching sound on the arch i think also on the passenger side.
It also pulls to the left

Could it be the tracking or something more sinister as i am reluctant to drive it if not tracking what could it be? and how do i check it ?

Sorry for the muddeld up post and length im trying to remember as i write!

Thanks lee

Also dont know if it in right section sorry if not! great site though
 

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It sounds like a bent/broken bottom arm to me....

Jack the front of the car up and look for anything out of the ordinary on the arm, you can use the other side for reference.

I would suspect that it will need to be replaced, not too bad a job to do - but you should get the tracking checked afterwards to make sure its all in line.
 

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Autodata says it is only an hour, bear in mind a garage with all the tools and ramps etc....

Only done them on an E46 before, but with some good tools (socket set, spanners and a ball joint separator/hammer) it was ok...

There will be plenty of people here who can advise you better though, hang on for a little bit..

Euro car parts are listing them on their web site from £37+vat..
 

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I'll take a photo of mine if get the chance to show you what its like, seems very easy to access with nothing near it to get in the way if thats the part at fault.
 

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Check the steering tie rod, these are only about 15mm thick and are more likely to bend than a lower arm but check them anyway. Cut off the gaitor on the steering rack and slide them towards the track rod end and check the arm for bends. They usually bend under the gaitor so cant be seen. :)
This is what it looks like with the rack gaitor on
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BMW-E36-N-S-S...14&_trkparms=72:1683|66:2|65:12|39:1|240:1318

This is what it looks like without the gaitor on
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/TIE-ROD-O-S-E...14&_trkparms=72:1683|66:2|65:12|39:1|240:1318
 

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Cheers steve, What i just done is the 12-6 3-9 wobbles drives side no play and passenger side wobbles and feels unsteady bloke pulls up next to me and said wishbone broke/bent needs replacing (he didnt look at it) if i did replace the wishbone what would it come with? bit reluctant to drive it at the mo because the wheel is at the 10 o clock postion where my drivers side is straight as a die.

Also the car has done 144000 miles something i forgot to add was when cornering it has a sliding sensation
 

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The wishbone comes with the outer and inner ball joints. Its worth getting the rear mounting bush as well. Ill take a pic of a complete arm and steering joint as i have one on my bench at work at the moment :D
Ill have to put the pic up later as i dont have my camera lead with me :frown
If you are handy with the spanners it shouldnt cost you more than £100 for the parts. :thumbsup
 

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The arms are not too bad, just fiddly getting on the inner ball joint.
You need a big hammer,22mm 18mm 19mm and 16mm spanners and a cheap ball joint splitter comes in handy. Ill get some pics up tonight when im home. If they are not up by half 6. Personal message me to remind me :)
 

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Just had both wheels off and jacked up everything seems ok but the o/s/f brake discs is way off centre rang my mate at garage told me to spin discs, when i did theres a grinding noise coming from the centre he has said wheel bearing has definatly collasped all togehter on that side.

If thats the case can it knock the wheel/brake bits out that much to a 10 o clock postion?

there is definalty play on the discs, and come to think it before the car did hum alittle it happened suddenly aswell
 

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Yeah could cause that much movement if the wheel bearing has collapsed that much. I wouldnt drive it if its that bad. You should just be able to change the complete hub, im sure that all the hubs on the E36 are the same, ill confirm that later mate.
Just make sure that if your car has abs, replace the hub with abs too.
 

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Just bought the hub £50, Now how do i change it? never done one before! What tools do i require? or is it easier to give it the garage to do?

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Just bought the hub £50, Now how do i change it? never done one before! What tools do i require? or is it easier to give it the garage to do?

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To replace the hub you will need to undo the nut #8 here http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=BG12&mospid=47431&btnr=31_0242&hg=31&fg=05

Then use a ball joint splitter or "pickle fork" or hammer to loosen the tapered pin from the hub and pull out of the hub.

Remove the track rod from the hub, #12 http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=BG12&mospid=47431&btnr=32_0630&hg=32&fg=25

Remove the brake caliper/caliper carrier #1 and 2 and the disc, http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=BG12&mospid=47431&btnr=34_0369&hg=34&fg=05

Remove the ABS sensor bolt #8, Remove the bolts #3(two of) and #5 here http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=BG12&mospid=47431&btnr=31_0243&hg=31&fg=10

And remove the back plate and hub flange if required.

I think that is all quickly :rofl
 

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To replace the hub you will need to undo the nut #8 here http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=BG12&mospid=47431&btnr=31_0242&hg=31&fg=05

Then use a ball joint splitter or "pickle fork" or hammer to loosen the tapered pin from the hub and pull out of the hub.

Remove the track rod from the hub, #12 http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=BG12&mospid=47431&btnr=32_0630&hg=32&fg=25

Remove the brake caliper/caliper carrier #1 and 2 and the disc, http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=BG12&mospid=47431&btnr=34_0369&hg=34&fg=05

Remove the ABS sensor bolt #8, Remove the bolts #3(two of) and #5 here http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=BG12&mospid=47431&btnr=31_0243&hg=31&fg=10

And remove the back plate and hub flange if required.

I think that is all quickly :rofl
Seconded :D
 
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