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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 08-10-2006, 09:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok. So I think I've gotten the hesitation worked out on my bargain project, now on the the next pressing issue! It has a terrible high pitched grinding sound coming from the rear. It almost sounds like the rear calipers dragging like they do if a car has been sitting for a while and the rotors rust up. Kindof a scratchy harmonic ringing. I know it's in the drive train as it is not dependant on engine speed or breaking but on wheel speed. I checked the diff fluid level and it was pretty low so I put some Lucas 90w in it hoping it had a dry output shaft bearing or something. Still noisy. I've never had a bearing issue with one of these cars. Does this sound like a wheel bearing to anyone? I've heard plenty of bearing noises but none quite like this one. Haven't really put a whole lot of diagnostic effort into it yet, just thought maybe there was a common thing with these cars and I could save some time with a hint! Also it has a bad strut and being as it is for my college bound bretherin I need a cheap fix. If anyone has good used set let me know!
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Reach up and grab the yoke and see if you have movement. Next pull off your rear rotors and check the condition of your E-brake shoes, it's common for the pad to fall off the shoe and make all kinds of hoakey noises.
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I'll try that but I've pulled the e brake while rolling to see if the noise changed, but no. So I don't think it's ebrake related. Never know though, I'll try that tonight as I was gonna take the wheels off anyhow to see what I can see. Thanks buddy.
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