1988 BMW 528E BRAKE ROTOR OR TIE ROD?

  • Tiny
  • mickforrest
  • 1988 BMW 528e
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD

I recently bought a 1988 bmw 528e. When the brakes are applied there seems to be a shaking in the front right. I know the first thought would be a bent rotor, but I also feel like it may be a tied rod issue. How can I find out which part is the problem?

if the issue is the rotor will I need any special tools?

Friday, December 24th, 2010 AT 6:43 AM

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  • Tiny
  • Dr. Hagerty
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There is also the thrust arm bushings that cause the issue you report, the repair of which requires tools and a place to repair the car. The inspection of the front end is easier on a lift.

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Friday, December 24th, 2010 AT 2:04 PM
  • Tiny
  • mickforrest
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Thanks for the response! So how can I accurately determine which of these things is the actual issue?

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Saturday, December 25th, 2010 AT 6:02 PM
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A reasonable repair facility will safety check the car, let them guide you through the diagnosis process.

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Monday, December 27th, 2010 AT 11:54 PM

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