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Old 07-26-2009, 01:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy 316i J reg Rear...problems

Hey folks, I'm Praying someone can help. I have been to 3 mechanics over 7 months and no one seems to be able to find problem.....
Well the back end of my BM seems to have a mind of its own, If I go over a bump or un even roads the back drivers side makes a very Loud hallow banging noise in time with going over the bump, and when I go over bumps or man hole covers the back end seems to skip out slightly befor re-ailing with front end. I am at a lose as so far I have had new suspension and coil fitted on drivers side, new drive shaft and bearing on passenger side, and had bearings/suspension/coils/ shock mount all checked. This is all regarding the rear of car. It's starting to feel unsafe to drive as does seem like has a mind of it's own...Please if anyone has any ideas or had similiar experiences please contact me ASAP...Or for more info..thanks Loads...
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Have someone inspect or replace the rear trailing arm bushes and balljoints and subframe bushes.
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Thanks, I'll mention it to my mechanic in morning, He said something about front bush needing changing soon but never mentioned back one befor...
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Definitely sounds like Rear Trailing Arm Bushings........same thing happened to me @ about 89,000 miles, rear end felt like it was going pull right out from under the car, with a loud banging noise over bumps.......

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You my friends are legends, and now I know what to look for I am definately going straight to mechanic in the morning. Looked at this site a million times an really happy I am now a member, you guys have been great... Thanks again..
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had the same problem it turned out 2b trail arm bushings
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Well thanks to me being a workaholic and working 15 miles from home I have not had time to get to my emchanic. But ohhh I will..So all of you guys who have had this problem. How much did ya'll end up having to pay for the rapairs etc...Just need to brace myself for the bill lol.
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