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BMW 7 Series, Electrical, Engine, Sedan
#260 of 831 Re: [nvbanker]
Jun 09, 2005 (11:27 am)
I own a 2001 330ci with similar wheel and steering problems. At 30 to 40 mph, when I let go of the steering wheel, it begins to moves back and fourth quickly (shimmy). When I accelerate past 40 mph, it stops. I just put knew tires on the car without an alignment. Took the car to BMW and they advised me the rear wheels were out of balance. They balance the wheels and told me the problem was fixed. That was a month ago . . . It sounds like my front wheels need to be balance or a four-wheel alignment is needed. Hopefully, it is not the suspension? Any suggestions?
Jun 09, 2005 (1:27 pm)
Well if you can accelerate past the vibration this is a classic tip-off for a wheel balance problem or an out of round tire. BMWs are also notorious for needed control arm bushing up front so you could check that, but I don't think that would cause quite the problem you are having. But if you have over 60K miles you should check them.
#262 of 831 Re: I need some help with my situation [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 10, 2005 (6:54 pm)
Thanks Mr. Shiftright! I did try to see if I could reach a compromise with BMW, but there was no use. "Blame it on the owner" is their motto it seem. I guess I have to go ahead and contact an attorney to get this situation resolved. Thanks again for your input.
#263 of 831 Re: Knocking Sound at Front End [richo50]
Jun 12, 2005 (12:29 pm)
Thank you for this information. After several trips to dealership, I was wondering if this would ever get diagnosed correctly. Dealership wanted to replace, among other things, the "thrust arm bushing." An independent place said the bushings look fine. May I ask an approximate cost to replace both ball joints? Was an "alignment" also needed?
#264 of 831 Re: [Mr_Shiftright]
Jun 13, 2005 (8:54 am)
Thanks for the feedback. BMW checked the alignment and no problems. I will have the tire company look at all tires for defects.
#265 of 831 Problem with the trunk of my 1995 740i
Jun 16, 2005 (6:15 am)
When I open my trunk with the remote or from inside the car, the lock does a few extra revolutions and ends up stopping in the worng position. So I am unable to shut the trunk until I've pressed the remote button a few extra times, so the locking mechanism ends up in the correct position. Has anyone had this problem and know how I can fix it? I don't want to take it to the dealership and spend hundreds of dollars on a seemingly minor problem. Thanks!
#266 of 831 MY CHECK ENGINE SOON LIGHT CAME ON!!!!
Jun 18, 2005 (2:03 am)
HELP!!!! I have a 1998 740iL with 112,00miles runs great bought it certified with 75,000 2 1/2 yrs ago.. I keep up with all maintanence......but check this out ...I stopped and got gas at this place ..drove about 3 city blocks cut the parked , cut the car off ...got back in about 10 mins later started the car up and it was running rough and shaking like a 67 Chevelle...and the engine light was on....the car has lost no power but it has a whistling sound like a flute from the hood....this car is NOT running hot and has NOT lost power when I accelorate all shaking and sounds go away....I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of or experienced anything like this before>>> I am taking it to the dealer next week .....PLEASE RESPOND ASAP WITH ANY THOUGHTS OR SUGGESTIONS >>MANY THANKS!!!! Svnseriescoco
#267 of 831 Re: MY CHECK ENGINE SOON LIGHT CAME ON!!!! [svnseriescoco]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jun 18, 2005 (10:15 am)
Weird, but sounds like you have a large vacuum leak somewhere, like a hose popped off or something....certainly the symptoms are exactly like a large vacuum leak might exhibit.
#268 of 831 Re: Extended Warranty for 2001 740il [bvisailman1]
Jun 20, 2005 (9:41 am)
Are you satisfied with Warranty Direct? I have compared prices and Warranty Direct seems to be one of the best around as far as price. I just want to make sure that when you need them they will be there! The guy that does the work on my car has not heard of them.
#269 of 831 '90 735iL maintenance and repair questions?
Jun 24, 2005 (7:29 am)
There is a rumble by the right front tire, like a vibration, but it's only sound, no
vibration. Also, there is another rumbling sound just under the front seats and an
actual rumble near the backseat on the right side, but it is mild and it lags power
when gas is pressed.
During acceleration, it seems the left side picks up the power and there is no
sound from the left, but by the right rear tire, it feels like the differential isn't
producing enough power to the right side since I have to cut the wheel left to
maintain driving straight. Is this just an axle or do I need a new differential? Or
should I change out the driveshaft (since it sounds like its coming from just
underneath the driver's seat)? It was in an accident, but it wasn't a major one and
the car is structurally fine.
I found on the left side 2 plastic, large diameter hoses and 1 on the right side,
under the front bumper which are cut. Does anyone know where these hoses go
to and what do they do? I also found what looks to be a small pump and part of
the hoses connected to it in my trunk and don't know what that is. Is it the wiper
motor for the headlight/ foglights? When I activate the windshield wipers, there is littlewater that sprays out of the hood sprayers, none out of the headlight or foglight wipers and there's alot of water that comes out from under the hood.
When I activate the turn signals, is the side reflectors on the front fender and rear quarter panel supposed to blink or is this too old a model for it to have side blinkers? How do I fix this? Why didn't my diagnostic computer tell me about this?
Also, does anyone know how to remove the rear window shade and brake light
indicator from the back window? I have been trying to fix the window shade and
replace the red glass on the indicator, but it doesn't seem that I have access to
remove those panels.
And lastly, where is the switch to activate the driver or passenger side vanity mirror
lights? I have been trying to activate them, but I can't find the switches. As for the driver seat memory control, how do I program my memory selections in? Every time I try, they just go into some other selection. Any service information you can provide will be greatly appreciated.