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    Default Fan Clutch Went Out Again

    Well it happened again..my Fan clutch went out in at 70,000 mile and now again at 125,000.
    since I was in there I replace the radiator, thermostat, water pump , upper & lower hoses and serptine belt.

    Also I am getting the 55 shimmy again...Should I just replace my upper and lower control arms , links and idler arm and sway bar bushings?
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    Oh and the hose that cools the alternator cracked and was brittle ..Pelican parts down the street had one for $14!

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    50MPH - 60MPH SHIMMY https://www.meeknet.co.uk/e38/E38_Shimmy.htm
    last year I fixed the shimmy on an E32, there the problem was the center tie-rod joint.

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    the shimmy can have many sources and any slack in the front suspension/steering can allow it to start, m5 upper control arm bushings proved themselves longer lived then the green 740 bushings back when i worked on bmws for a living, weak upper bushings can cause or be damaged by the shimmy, larger and heavier wheels magnify the issue (higher road force, more then balance being the concern, a wheel assy can balance at 0 but be out of round and cause a shimmy) swaybar links won't cause a shimmy for the record
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    Thanks Shogun & Winfred..i will put it up on a rack and check the center tie rod and associated parts.

    I did the full suspension when I bought it in 2003 with 64K on it also has the Sachs sport kit w/ M tech sways...Stock wheel

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    P.S. Have not heard from Gayle since she moved to Clearwater Florida

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    I would convert to electric. I did so too on my 530 and I am also considering upgrading the a/c fan to a larger fan. I also installed an OEM arab pulley to spin the pump faster.

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