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Car begins to rattle, feels like Im going over a bunch of

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Car begins to rattle, feels like I'm going over a bunch of road bumps, at speeds over 60 mph. Tires or something more?

BMWDoc :

Hello, I'm Jason. I will do my best to answer your question quickly and accurately using the information you have provided.

BMWDoc :

Ok, I'll want to know a bit of background here

BMWDoc :

So, the steering wheel shakes in your hand, or it's more of something you can feel through the seat?

BMWDoc :

and does it do this as soon as you reach 60 mph, or does it take a while to start happening?

BMWDoc :

and if for some reason, you can't access live chat, I can convert this to email format so that you can respond

Customer:

Little shake in the steering. I don't necessarily feel it through the seat, but it feel like the tires are running over a bump. I've recently noticed it happens at lower speeds and up to 60, then it really doesn't get any worse after that.

BMWDoc :

ok, good info, thanks

BMWDoc :

Ever hear any sort of rattle when you shut the car off?

Customer:

No rattles, when I shut it off

BMWDoc :

ok, good. Just want to rule out a transfer case issue

BMWDoc :

how old are the tires, in miles?

Customer:

They're at about 37.5K. I'm sorry to say I can't remember when the last time they were balance & rotated either

BMWDoc :

Ok, so these are going to be highly suspect. They're also runflats, I assume

Customer:

I actually got rid of the runflats, pain in the rear. These are normal tires

BMWDoc :

very good choice. From a mechanic's standpoint, they're also horrible to mount

BMWDoc :

what brand of tire?

Customer:

Toyo I believe

BMWDoc :

Ok, but if not balanced/rotated in a while, and IF alignment is not perfect, you might have some odd wear going on

BMWDoc :

so here's what I would do in order....

BMWDoc :

Let's get your car to a good BMW/Euro shop to have them take a look at
1) axles to make sure joints aren't binding
2) all front end joints and bushings
3) tire condition and wear patterns

BMWDoc :

if all 3 are good, time for a rotate and balance. However, with almost 40k on them, they may not have a lot of life left

BMWDoc :

looks like you dropped out of chat. I hold here for a bit

Customer:

Just lost the page. If you can shoot me those steps again, I'll move forward with those.

Customer:

Thanks for the help.

BMWDoc :

sure, cutting from above....

BMWDoc :


Ok, but if not balanced/rotated in a while, and IF alignment is not perfect, you might have some odd wear going on






5:18 PM



so here's what I would do in order....






5:19 PM



Let's get your car to a good BMW/Euro shop to have them take a look at
1) axles to make sure joints aren't binding
2) all front end joints and bushings
3) tire condition and wear patterns






5:19 PM



if all 3 are good, time for a rotate and balance. However, with almost 40k on them, they may not have a lot of life left



BMWDoc :

oh, one other thing....

BMWDoc :

make sure all brake calipers are free and not binding at all

Customer:

Got it thanks.

BMWDoc :

sure thing

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