I have a 1990 (H) 535i Sport.
When the tyres got way beyond illegal on the original metrics, I ditched
them for 17s (235 45 17). Around this time I started getting a bit of a
wobble around 60MPH.
Being as Sunday was my only free day had to take it to Kwik Fit to get the
wheels balanced. Problem was still there.
Became quite obvious that they had done nothing at all, so took it back.
This time I stayed. So actually saw them carry it out. However, still no
Got the tracking checked (not that I was expecting this to be the problem),
but all OK.
Come MOT, explained the problem, but they found nothing wrong with steering
Despite being a bit annoying, it was "livable", and went through a further 3
MOTs with no problems found. Infact, other than the odd bulb or low brake
pads, it never had any problems.
Recently changed the tyres on the front. Wasn't overly impressed with the
place that did it. Over an hour and a half to change two tyres!?!?
However, now it seems to be a whole lot worse. Still only happens around
60MPH, but shakes quite violently during this small speed range.
Now commen sense still seems to shout "BALANCING", but I have also noticed a
bit of movement in thesteering wheel when car is stopped and engine running.
It is hard to see, but it looks like the movement may be within the coupling
in the (pardon the un-technical term) steering "rod" underneath the exhaust
I am assuming that this would be a ruber donut coupling, similar to one I
previuosly repaced on a 3 series?
Is this slight movement normal? I can't say that I particularly notice any
play when driving, but it may just be less noticable with the power steering
Would this give the kind of symptoms described?