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  • a2743
    a2743 - 2006 BMW X3 - Steering & Suspension - 8/30/2014
    Sometime Key won't turn in ignition when trying to start car
    Bought this car about 4 weeks ago for my wife to drive. About six times now when she was out and tried to start the car the key would not turn. The first time she called me and I told het to try and move the steering wheel back and forth while trying the key and so ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 BMW 328i - Steering & Suspension - 5/13/2014
    Steering wheel wont lock
    after we did an alignment now the steering wheel wont lock on the off position..
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 BMW 328i - Steering & Suspension - 5/13/2014
    Steering wheel wont lock when is off
    after we did an alignment now the steering wheel wont lock on the off position
     
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  • Hooligan169
    Hooligan169 - 1991 BMW 325iX - Steering & Suspension - 4/1/2014
    What would cause wheel studs to shear off?
    Passenger side rear lost two of the four studs to hold the tire on along with the center cap. This was discovered with severe vibration & pulling. It turned over 251,000 today on a road trip of approximately 275 miles. Rear brake pads/calipers were changed ...
     
  • beamer7721
    beamer7721 - 2002 BMW 325Ci - Steering & Suspension - 3/28/2014
    It feels like it has too much play in the steering when turning and steering doesn't feel tight like before road noise
    Doesn't corner as well and feels like it's floating
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/28/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Possible broken stabilizer links that allow sway bar function. if even one side is broken which is very commonplace, the car will handle very different in turns and will have a floaty feel.
  • Tracy
    Tracy - 2007 BMW 525xi - Steering & Suspension - 3/14/2014
    Alert code TPMS malfunction comes on after replacing, mounting &balancing all 4 tires.
    The repair shop also replaced the front arm with bushings & Belt Tensinor
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/14/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Assuming that all the TPMS sensors are good that are inside each wheel, then maybe the system just has to be relearned using a TPMS tool that many (but not all) shops have. The majority (if not all) volume tire shops have this tool.
  • Tracy
    Tracy - 2007 BMW 525xi - Steering & Suspension - 3/13/2014
    Alert code TPMS malfunction comes on after replacing, mounting &balancing all 4 tires.
    The repair shop also replaced the front arm with bushings & Belt Tensinor
     
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  • Tracy
    Tracy - 2007 BMW 525xi - Steering & Suspension - 3/13/2014
    Alert code TPMS malfunction comes on after replacing, mounting &balancing all 4 tires.
    The repair shop also replaced the front arm with bushings & Belt Tensinor
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 BMW 335xi - Steering & Suspension - 3/5/2014
    Can rim bend without impact?
    I began to notice the car body shimmering, vibrating at higher speeds. This wasn't long after repairs from an accident in December when someone hit me on my front, passenger side. I took the car to BMW for the problem shimmering/vibrating and was told that the ...
     
    • bear.1216
      3/5/2014 bear.1216
      Rims can be bent from impacts, driving on flat tires or overloading the vehicle. Aluminum rims are very easily bent even by a slight impact. Especially if you have low profile tires. If the rim is not severly bent, any vibration can usually be balanced out. Aftermarket rims are not built to the same standards as factory wheels. The new rims are often out of round and require excessive weight to balance them. The shop responsible for replacing your rim probably did not balance it properly, if they even replaced it. I would closely check the estimate and repair order to see exactly which parts were replaced or fixed. If the wheel was damaged in an accident it is likely the tire was damaged also. The tire will cause vibration more often than the rim and should be carefully inspected. I think your best option to fix this issue is to have the wheels Road Force Balanced and Matched Mounted. This process is the best for eliminating wheel/tire vibrations. The procedure basically identifies the radial and lateral runout of the rim and the tire. It finds the light/heavy spots of the rim and tire separately then you mount the tire in a way that helps counter balance the rim. This process requires a special tire balancer that not all shops have. You should check with your local tire shops and ask specifally for Match Mounting with a Road Force Balancer. The price will be slightly higher than normal tire balancing, but is well worth it for any aftermarket wheels or performance tires. A good balancing should fix your issue unless the rim is seriously damaged.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 BMW 328xi - Steering & Suspension - 3/4/2014
    Possible to bend rim without impact?
    I began to notice the car body shimmering, vibrating at higher speeds. This wasn't long after repairs from an accident in December when someone hit me on my front, passenger side. I took the car to BMW for the problem shimmering/vibrating and was told that the ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 BMW 325i - Steering & Suspension - 2/8/2014
    Tire flat indication ,changed 2 tires ,still have flat indication on dashboard,how to get lite out?
    tires replaced were same identical set.
     
    • Jimm
      2/8/2014 Jimm
      In case the owners manual is not clear;
      1. Start the car
      2. While stationary, use the stalk "scroll" button and find the INIT icon. Push the stalk button.
      3. Start to drive
      4. The system initializes itself while you drive...
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2011 BMW X5 - Steering & Suspension - 1/18/2014
    Do BMW recommend the replacement of the rack when there is moderate collision damage.
    It is necessary to replace the right hand suspension leg and lower arm, there is no indication of rack damage but the wheels are both splayed outwards.
     
    • Jimm
      1/18/2014 Jimm
      The recommendation would not originate with BMW, but with the auto body or repair shop that has provided the estimate for fixing the damage to the vehicle.
  • asfhjjgvh
    asfhjjgvh - 2011 BMW 135i - Steering & Suspension - 12/17/2013
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2000 BMW 323i - Steering & Suspension - 10/30/2013
    When I apply the brakes I hear a loud clunk in the right front corner.
    This happens both when I stop hard, and when just normally applying the brakes. Everything seems tight and there is no slop in the brake caliper. I am thinking it is a bushing issue, and hoping it is not something with the shocks. The car does not dip or drop the ...
     
    • bear.1216
      10/30/2013 bear.1216
      Does vehicle pull right or left when driving or braking. Or does the vehicle shake or pedal pulsate. Brake pulsation can cause noise and is caused by a warped brake rotor. Sounds like it could be worn caliper slides or brake pads are loose in caliper bracket. It could also be caused by loose suspension parts. Have the front end checked for worn parts like control arm bushings tie rod ends ball joints sway bar links shock or strut mounts. If it only clunks when hitting the brakes and not when hitting bumps then you should concentrate on the brakes. Check the caliper for looseness in the slides then remove the caliper and check to see how loose the brake pads fit into the bracket. You likely need new caliper hardware.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 BMW 330Ci - Steering & Suspension - 10/23/2013
    The power steering went out on my car. I took it to the shop and they said it will cost $3000 to fix.
    My car has 76,000 miles and I've never had any problems with it until now. No warning lights ever came on. I was driving, it was fine, I stopped for an hour and when I started the car, the steering was really hard to turn. The shop said my steering fluid had leaked ...
     
    • Jimm
      10/23/2013 Jimm
      The serpentine belt is what caused the steering fluid to leak out? Maybe the failed power steering pump caused the system fluid leak, which in turn damaged the steering rack and pinion - operating with minimal fluid pressure.
      First step, obtain a second or even a third estimate from different shops for the same work. Try the 'Estimate Cost' and 'Find-A-Shop' features on the AutoMD website to receive repair estimates for the steering pump replacement, for the pressure and return hoses (always replace in pairs due to age and mileage considerations), and the steering rack and pinion unit.

      Try the 'How-To-Guides' on the AutoMD website for the steps of how to inspect the steering system for leaks and for the basic repairs - for purpose of familiarization.

      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com, wwwpartsgeek.com, www.autoanything.com and www.rockauto.com - to list only a few sources. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the power steering pump (remanufactured, no reservoir; (Cardone # 21350) from around $133.00, the power steering pressure hose (Edelman # 92319) from around $65.00 , the reservoir steering return hose from around $19.00 (Dorman # 979011), the steering rack and pinion (remanufactured; plus core exchange from around $325.00), and the serpentine belt (Dayco # 6PVK1537) from around $11.20 for your vehicle.
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/23/2013 HouseCallAuto
      There is no way you need all these components. They want you to pay their rent this month. Get it out of there and get it to another shop. No way. Do not let them scare you. Its driveable just fine. Don't even look back as you get out of there. Do not tell the next shop of your encounter with this shop and just get another opinion.