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      07-22-2015, 08:25 AM   #1
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E90 steering wheel wobble

Hi, since I bought the car I had steering wheel wobble. Car had driven 292 000 km and now has 307 000 km.

The wobble appears between 100-130 kmh and after 160 kmh. The following have been changed:

-Tyres and wheels balanced. Same symptoms with winter wheels
-New lower and upper control arms front Lemfoerder
-Alignment done, rear bushings checked
-New rotors front and rear
-New shocks, new springs including spring mounts

However the steering wheel wobble is still there, it drives me crazy.
Suspension has been checked there is nothing loose.
Maybe someone can share some experiences with the same problems.
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Tie rods and steering rack > make sure is fasten tightly onto the subframe
Steering shaft U joint > for excess play
Wheel bearings > make sure there isn't dead play
Hub run out > Mounting surface must spin true and straight
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Thanks for tips. Regarding the wheel bearings, I turned every wheel and I cant hear anything suspicious. Also there is no play when I hold wheel from 12 and 6 or 3 and 9.

I had alignrmnt done twice in the last 6 months, once after I replaced the shocks and recently after control arms replacement. They have not complained the tie rods might be bad. The car drives well and steering is precise beside the vibration.

At 90 kmh the steering goes left right sort of vibration. It can also be felt in the head rest.

I was thinking maybe its the drive shaft related.
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Thanks for tips. Regarding the wheel bearings, I turned every wheel and I cant hear anything suspicious. Also there is no play when I hold wheel from 12 and 6 or 3 and 9.

I had alignrmnt done twice in the last 6 months, once after I replaced the shocks and recently after control arms replacement. They have not complained the tie rods might be bad. The car drives well and steering is precise beside the vibration.

At 90 kmh the steering goes left right sort of vibration. It can also be felt in the head rest.

I was thinking maybe its the drive shaft related.

Tires and/or rims more likely. As the man said, check runout. Look for cracked, dented, an/or bent rim[s]. Remember hitting a pothole or something like that? Um....your mounted rims are the ones your car left the factory with, yes?

Note: Bad tire can cause this even after balancing and every other fix.

Set your Google to driveshaft vibration analysis for info there.

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The issue is present since I bought the car with both winter tires ( steel rims) and summer tires which are new on 16 inch original bmw rims.
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What else could cause this vibrations? New front rotors and pads and after 3000 km are a out to warp , bad wheel bearings?
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