The front thrust rod bushings—also referred to as tension strut bushings—are known to fail occasionally. The oil-filled rubber mounts weaken and crack over time, causing a mushy road feel and shuddering in the steering wheel when going over bumps. These worn bushings should be replaced.
Loosness in the Front Suspension Due to Worn Tension Strut Bushings on BMW 530i
Average mileage: 109,813 (58,700–160,000)
24 people reported this problem
11 people shared problem details
2003 BMW 530i145,000Visitor
When braking it felt like the brakes were pumping similiar to the anti-lock brake function. Repair was done at a dealer, $900.
2001 BMW 530i140,000Visitor
Changed all bushing and control arms myself for under $300, problem was fixed.
2002 BMW 530i130,000Visitor
I hit a small pot hole as I lightly brake and the car shutters for (it seams) several seconds. Otherwise ride and handling feels very normal.
2003 BMW 530i130,000Visitor
I notice a shutter when I'm applying the brakes when I also hit a bump.(sometimes)
1994 BMW 530i160,000Visitor
It jerks both ways at times and when i trn wheel sow it grinds sounds like its gonns break and give out
2001 BMW 530i98,000Visitor
Bought car @ 83000 miles last year, BMW mechanic told me thrust rod bushings and control arms need replacing
2003 BMW 530i103,000Visitor
trust rod bushings worn,noise from the front end over bumps
When driving over small pot holes the steering wheel shakes, when windows are down you can hear slight hollow noise coming from the front end. After talking to BMW techs found that upper front upper support or thrust arm bushings left & right sides were shot. Purchased new set BMW #31 12 9 068 753 bushings, but after further thought elected to upgrade new arms with Powerflex urethane bushings with lifetime warranty instead. I could of replaced the bushings with Powrflex urethane bushings only, but with the ball joint having almost a 100k it was obvious to go with the new arm, ball joint & Powerflex set up. This upgrade should last the life of the car and provide better handling, braking, with low vibration over factory bushings. Was told by two BMW techs that the 03 BMW 530i upper bushings wear out prematurely. I believe this is the right way to go to remove the hazard of future front end geometry failure. Dusty
2001 BMW 530i155,000Visitor
Feel the front and rear of my vehicle loose, had the dealership replace what they said was the problem (sway bar links). Just got my tires rotated and was told that my sway bar links need replacing again.
1994 BMW 530i138,600Visitor
Rough ride and noise in the front end. Mechanic says it needs struts.
2003 BMW 530i60,000Visitor
thrust arm bushings. Vibrates at slow speed going over slight bumps
Don't need shock absorbers. Struts only.
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