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    Handling problem...need some help

    About 2 weeks ago I started having a handling problem with my 1997 540i. When I am driving the car will randomly pull suddenly to the left or right as if the tire got caught in a groove. It happens really quickly and only lasts for less than a second. I just checked the control arms and the tie rods and cannot find any play anywhere. I had the problem before and after I put my snow tires on. Anybody have any idea what I need to look for? Thanks!'97 540i auto


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    Re: Check rear balljoints at bottom of wheel carrier

    Never thought to check the rear suspension, I'll check those out tomorrow.

    I was thinking maybe my steering gearbox was causing it, it has made a clicking noise since I got the car about 2 years ago.

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    Re: Check rear balljoints at bottom of wheel carrier

    I occasionally have had the same condition you describe. FWIW, I just found play in the rear upper control arm joints on my 540I. The lower balljoints appear fine.

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    Re: Check rear balljoints at bottom of wheel carrier

    I have replaced both my rear ball joints because of them having play there but never had those symptoms you described.
    It sounds more like a wheel alignment issue to me from what I understand you describe "tramlining" and that occurs when your neg. camber is too much I had that when I had new tires put on for the first little while until they worn down some and since you said it occurred when you put your snows on also that would be my guess...

    Good luck

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