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#1 (permalink) Old 08-17-2005, 09:19 AM
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Here's a minor annoyance (and hopefully it will stay minor). I have some serious creaking in the back section of my car, usually over bumps, but pretty much from any road disturbance. The creaking doesn't occur when turning or when load is placed on the rear end, just over bumps.
Any ideas? It sounds the same windows up or down.
Time for new shocks? Sub frame failure? What could it be? Something REALLY bad? Or am I just retarded?


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Prolly rear struts, mine do the same thing
so annoying lol
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Actually mine has just started doing the same thing. Is there any test to make sure of what it is exactly?

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push down on your rear end, and you'll hear the creaking, trust me
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... hmm... mine don't creak under load.


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Check all the links back there. I doubt it's your shocks.


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Bringing my car in today to it's normal mechanic. I'm going to have the rear suspension stared at, and I may have them replace the right rear shock mount if necessary (you guys said it was easy... then I find out you have to rip out the rear carpeting, take out the CD player, etc. etc.... did I miss something?!? Or maybe it IS easy, and I don't want to get shot and my car stolen while I'm working on it in the street).


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Originally posted by 4evrwyntr@Aug 21 2005, 12:32 AM
...and I may have them replace the right rear shock mount if necessary...
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dont u have to replace anything 'suspension like' in pairs?

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I was contemplating doing both, but the reasons for my right shock mount going (namely I was a retard and hit a curb) was not due to normal wear. I plan on replacing this one now, and when the driver's side wears, THEN replace both. If it's necessary. I'm hoping it isn't, and that I'm hallucinating this noise up, and that it's probably just something stupid. Because I'm paranoid about the car.


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I have the same problem...and it's as recent as 2 weeks ago. My local mechanic lifted my car up and we went thru everything underneath...everything checked out and he said it's the rear springs but...they don't really need replacing. He did reccomend that I get a softer suspension and scrap the BMW hard-ass shocks.

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Originally posted by 4evrwyntr@Aug 20 2005, 08:32 AM
Bringing my car in today to it's normal mechanic. I'm going to have the rear suspension stared at, and I may have them replace the right rear shock mount if necessary (you guys said it was easy... then I find out you have to rip out the rear carpeting, take out the CD player, etc. etc.... did I miss something?!? Or maybe it IS easy, and I don't want to get shot and my car stolen while I'm working on it in the street).
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What? Take out the CD Player? How is that involved in the equation? The rear carpeting honestly IS the hardest part. After that it's a few bolts.

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Originally posted by Storamin+Aug 20 2005, 11:21 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Storamin @ Aug 20 2005, 11:21 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-4evrwyntr@Aug 20 2005, 08:32 AM
Bringing my car in today to it's normal mechanic.* I'm going to have the rear suspension stared at, and I may have them replace the right rear shock mount if necessary (you guys said it was easy... then I find out you have to rip out the rear carpeting, take out the CD player, etc. etc.... did I miss something?!?* Or maybe it IS easy, and I don't want to get shot and my car stolen while I'm working on it in the street).
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What? Take out the CD Player? How is that involved in the equation? The rear carpeting honestly IS the hardest part. After that it's a few bolts.
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I'm guessing it was recommended for ease of access... yeah, the bolts and part I can do... To tell the truth, I'm just afraid of working on my car in the middle of the street (no garage)... especially with all the recent break-ins. I'm comfortable defending myself; but I'd rather not chance it should the opportunity arise. And being a 5'2" guy plopped in a defenseless position in the rear of an expensive car I would imagine makes a nice target for a robbery.


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Rear shock mounts. My rear passenger side was done, my driver's side was on the verge of going on a permanent vacation. Very astute, fellows! They have been replaced. Moo ha. Time for driving the wrong way.


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