Alignment/Tire Wear Issue Due to Worn Rear Lower Ball Joints on BMW 740iL

The rear lower ball joints may wear causing alignment and tire wear issues as a result of the excessive play in these joints. Our technicians tell us a 4wheel alignment should be performed after ball joint replacement.

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Average mileage: 117,666 (71,000–147,000)
7 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2000, 2001
15 people reported this problem
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1998 BMW 740iL 147,000 mi,
the bearing on my passenger side is all messed up i didn't hit anything but when i drive over 60mph the whole car begins to shake especially when i turn left
Front tires last 20k miles, wear on outer edges.
1997 BMW 740iL 135,000 mi,
excessive wear on front tires. replaced tires and had alignment done. still wears tires and bumpy feel at 70 mph. was told need to replace the rear ball joints and re align the front end. was told need to do all 4 wheels to be done properly
Excessive play in rear lower ball joints
2001 BMW 740iL 71,000 mi,
Replace rear ball joints.