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Old 04-19-2012, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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E36 rear wheel noise

okay so i have a 1998 328i sedan and recently i have been hearing a.....droning?....noise coming from the rear wheels. the sound is basically that of a bent rim.....a severely bent rim. on that note.....the rims are not bent they've just been replaced. the sound starts around 25 mph and progressively gets louder with speed. so this would leave me to believe that theres a flat spot on the wheel but i took them off and to the eye they dont appear to be damaged in any fashion wish would cause this kind of a noise. any thoughts please let me know im sick of this noise!!!!!!
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Get the wheels balanced just to make sure. It could be a stick park brake pad or something like a wheel bearing. Hopefully it's a stuck brake caliper as that's an easy fix. Is the sound coming from one side or both?
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hard to tel which side its a stuck something ill check the brakes and whats this about a park brake being stuck? seems a reasonable culprit
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and the wheels were just balanced so its not that
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Your emergency/parking brake has a cable and a brake shoe. It's possible that when you released the lever the brake failed to release propyl. This can cause an odd noise from the rear, but if really stuck you woukd probably be able to feel it a bit.
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emergency brake cables disconnected because its broken although the shoe could be stuck this is on the right rear though correct? i believe the parking brakes in front?? deff not a bearing noise and it can't be the diff because its speed related rather then rpm. my bets gonna be ceased rear passenger caliper because its getting worse now and a slight pull the right has started. gonna check it out when it stops raining here!!!
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