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From Wed Jun 26 09:33:51 1996
From: Dale Beuning <>
Subject: Re: Control bars, bushings...
To: (Matt Ciccarello)
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 1996 09:33:43 -0700 (PDT)
Cc: ()

My '89 325i has the same shake and is still on the original control arm bushings. My '86 325es doesn't have the shake, but has lead a sheltered life. My '84 318i had the shake until I replaced the bushings and replaced bent rims.

Basically it can be 1 of 4 things,

  • bent rim
  • tire/rim out of balance
  • warped rotors (would be most noticable when applying brake)
  • control arm bushings

Try swapping tires front to rear, if this solves it, you know it's the balance problem. If it doesn't solve it, check for warped rotors, then replace control arm bushings as a last resort.

I will add though that you can expect to replace the CA bushings every 70k-100k depending on how the car is driven and the location you drive. Hotter conditions wear out rubber faster.

hope this helps,

> On my '91 325i, I've had a shake in the steering wheel ( _at_ around 50-60
> mph) and also a shake in the steering wheel when going over grooved
> pavement or anything like a spped bump.
> I know from seeing postings on the BMW newsgroup that the control arms
> need to be replaced on E30's a couple times during the life of the car.
> What I'd like to know is, are these signs that I need them replaced, do
> the control arms and the bushing ONLY need to be replaced, and how much
> should I expect to spend ???
> Thank you very much in advance.
> Take care
> Matt Ciccarello


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