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Steering shake

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Steering shake

Post by Al4693 » Fri May 07, 2021 11:33 pm

2005 3.0d. Had the car into independent garage for steering shake. They renewed the steering ball joints tested and said ok. Took car up to 80 on motorway and no shake until I accelerated hard on slip road to adjoining m-way. The acceleration started off the shaking which continued at all speeds until off the m-way and stopped. When set off again shaking had stopped but repeated again after hard acceleration. Transmission related??

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Re: Steering shake

Post by Themoog2 » Sat May 08, 2021 4:48 am

Hmm.. Starts shaking when accelerating. Odd one but if the steering wheel shakes then it's got to be at the front axle somewhere.
Are the wheel bolts tight? Maybe a cv joint is worn.
Keep us posted.

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Re: Steering shake

Post by X5Sport » Sat May 08, 2021 9:10 am

Things to check:

Tyres - are they all within 1.5mm of each other and of the same type (even if the sizes are different)? Preferably they should all be ‘*’ marked for use with BMW (yes it does matter). Any sign of damage or bulges? Tyre pressures OK all around?
Wheels - bent or cracked? Is the balance correct?
Engine mounts tight and rubbers OK?
Propshaft bearings, rubbers and joints all OK? It’s less likely to be the issue as you can usually hear the centre bearing rattle if the rubber goes manky.
Brakes - any sign of a sticky calliper (one wheel warmer than the others), or possibly distorted discs - this will cause steering shake regardless of the axle affected).
Wheel bearings as above.
Wheel bolts as above (should be 140Nm)
If the wheels have recently been off, is the mating surface on the wheel and hub clean (dirt can stop a wheel sitting properly)?
If the ball joints were done has a full 4-wheel alignment check also been done? It might make a difference but not 100% sure. Are all the other rubbers etc OK?

The wheels on these cars are big and heavy so a small error gets magnified very quickly. It’s most likely something simple (it usually is).
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Re: Stceering shake

Post by Al4693 » Sat May 08, 2021 3:16 pm

Thanks for all those pointers. Yes, a 4 wheel alignment check was done, tyres checked and OK. Not star marked but fairly new, brake discs changed about 10k miles ago. Have noticed since previous post a click when turning out of drive on full lock which seems to come from right hand side of car. Its due into the independent garage for service next month so will ask them to check the cv joints.

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Re: Steering shake

Post by Hoppo » Sat May 08, 2021 9:50 pm

I’ve had similar problems before and it was a sticky brake caliper (my brake pads had been recently changed).

Easy to check - just feel the wheels (or brake discs, if you’re brave!) for excess heat one side after a long drive.

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Re: Steering shake

Post by Themoog2 » Mon May 10, 2021 10:00 pm

My money is on a cv joint.

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Re: Steering shake

Post by Themoog2 » Tue May 11, 2021 5:45 am

Would you believe it.. Ai working for the big corporate conglomerates.
My youtube feed popped up with a recommended video of guess what - that's right, diagnosis of vibration under acceleration.
Just shows that we are being monitored 24/7.
Anyway, the fault with that particular car was one of the driveshafts had nearly come out of the front diff due to the holding clip falling off.

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Re: Steering shake

Post by Al4693 » Tue May 11, 2021 8:04 am

Very interesting. I think I will bring forward the service and get this into the garage asap. I will update on the findings!

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Re: Steering shake

Post by Themoog2 » Tue May 18, 2021 12:38 pm

Any update...

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