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Noticed steering wheel starting to vibrate when braking at 60+mph a few days ago and has been happening ever since. Thought it might be (most likely) warped rotors, or maybe control arm bushings worn down, or front brake pads(?). MY05 S60R w/15K on it so a little surprised if its the brake pads or even the bushings. Anyone have similar problem w/the R?<p>-S<p>ps - don't want to hijack my original thread here but i drove a 330i yesterday (borrowed a friends for a quick errand) and i'll be damned if i wasn't surprised by a couple of things: 1. Suspension was everything i dream my R should be - stiff in the corners, soak up bumps like a sponge and no chatter 2. the exhaust sound was LOUD (car is bone-stock) - almost to the point of annoying when just cruising along backroads at low RPMs but brought a nice smile to my face at WOT and 3. Interior of R blows that class out of the water, seats were no comparison and as someone who drives 2+ hrs every day don't know if i could stay on those hard seats for that long - plus guages suck
 

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Re: Steering Wheel Vibration When Braking at Highway Speeds (Thesaurrex)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Thesaurrex</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">1. Suspension was everything i dream my R should be - stiff in the corners, soak up bumps like a sponge and no chatter </TD></TR></TABLE><p>IMHO, BMW has the suspension setup for a sporty sedan / coupe completely dialed in. (Haven't driven the new 5 or 3 yet, though). They are AWESOME.<p>
 

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Re: Steering Wheel Vibration When Braking at Highway Speeds (needsdecaf)

Definately rotors. If it was the control arm you would feel it without applying the brakes. You would feel nothing if it was the pads. Unless they are down to the wear sensors.Rick
 

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Agree with MASH about the issue: rotors. Had this same problem on my current vehicle (not yet an R <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> ) and once I had them shaved down everything was smooth again.
 

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Warped rotors replaced under warranty

Service manager (Doug @ Mitchell Volvo in Simsbury) was great to work with - replaced my front warped rotors (I have 15,000 miles on my R) under warranty without making a big deal about it at all, fixed my glovebox jiggle and even downloaded the software to give me the unlock-once light flash / lock-twice light flash without charging me for either software or labor. Doug & Mitchell get my <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Warped rotors replaced under warranty (Thesaurrex)

Good to hear my friend. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Steering Wheel Vibration When Braking at Highway Speeds (Thesaurrex)

I have the same problem with my S60 T5 except that it does it even if you just let off the gas. Do you guys think its control arm bushings?
 

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After looking a little closer at my car I think its the control arm bushings. Do you guys think I ought to just replace all of em at once? What about the balljoints?
 

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Re: Steering Wheel Vibration When Braking at Highway Speeds (needsdecaf)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>IMHO, BMW has the suspension setup for a sporty sedan / coupe completely dialed in. (Haven't driven the new 5 or 3 yet, though). They are AWESOME.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>My father is driving a BMW 5.45 and want to say that,that suspension would be on R,perfect IMO.
 
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