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2383Re: front end shimmy.

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  • sfj642
    May 12, 2004
      This shimmy is a standard problem with the E28 - the
      other contributors are correct and have given good advice.

      BUT also consider the effect of a warped brake disc. If the shimmy
      occurs as you SLOW DOWN through the critical speeds then check ALL
      discs (can be done at a testing station in the UK very quickly).

      On mine, one of the rear discs was way out of true and one of the
      fronts a little out of true. (Don't forget that the pulses from the
      rear brakes can be fed through to a front brake) - anyway after
      replacing all four discs the problem totally disappeared.

      That was 20,000 miles ago and it hasn't returned.

      Hope this helps - Jim Butterworth


      --- In bmwe28@..., milkandcereal10 <no_reply@y...>
      wrote:
      > hey guys.
      >
      > i've got an '85 535i that has a horrible shimmy up
      > front when i approach 45 miles per hour. i've had both
      > right and left lower tie rods replaced and the idler
      > arm and bushing with it. the whole front end really
      > shakes hard when i hit between 45 and 50 mph. i do
      > have hartge 16 inch rims on it. they've been on the
      > car the 3 years i've had it. would that cause the
      > shimmy? anyone ever run into this problem? thanks.
      >
      > andy.
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