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3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.

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Old 05-29-2004, 03:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all. My first post. I have a 92 318is in Canada. Runs fine until I did this:
Got the oil changed to Castrol Syntec (I dont know what was used before) 5W40. At the same time, I was told the tranny fluid (its manual) was low, so I decide to get it flushed and refilled. Any I'll make this brief: Oil change is no problem. Seems that there is usually a tag besides the nut on the transmission to determine if there is a tag use Dextron II, if not tag, use standard hear oil (80W). Anyway, the owners manual said Dextron. Initially it was filled with the standard gear oil. I drove off, and damn! I hear a loud bang on the right rear! Then I hear something strange (loud noise) once again. Thinking nothing of it (there were a lot of machines around), I drove off. Then I started hearing (as I accelerated into 4th) a constant clanking and ticking noise coming from the right side of the car (sounded like its from the back right). I turned around scared and told them off. They researched again and from the owners manual they put in Synthetic Dextron this time (flushing the tranny fluid again). So now I drive off, and it still is there!! The ticking noise. Initially when I drive from stand, the noise is not there, then as I hit 2nd 3rd 4th gears, I start hearing the constant ticking (loud) noise from the right. The noise (the ticking) lowers with speed. Even in neutral rolling, I hear it. Pissed, I told the manager I want a full refund and a note because I plan on taking it to the dealer and if it's anything to do with the tranny, you are liable. He co-operated.

Anyway, the long and short of it is ... I am not convinced its the wrong fluid in the tranny that caused this. Anyone else have this clicking/clanking noise as they drive off? When sitting in idle (in gear or neutral) this clicking etc is not there, only when driving. Strange and sad since I dont wanna put any money in the car.

As I got home (20km) off the highway (yes, I drove like that, what choice did I have on a Saturday?), things sounded okay (the clicking was there but lightly). Anyway, at a stop light as I proceeding to go, I heard a one time bang noise again! Its crazy (or driving me crazy).

Any suggestions, ideas or experiences to calm by raging anger?

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I dont have any help to give, but Man that sucks, Im sorry
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does the ticking get faster and slower?
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the clicking paces with the speed so yeah, it slows down with the car slowing down and visa versa. just half hour ago i was heading to home depot and when there was no clicking (yet possibly). BUT, at a stop light when i slowed to a complete stop, i heard a loud (one time) metal-like clank again! its not exactly like a detonation but its close, with the addition that it also sounds like some metal hurling in there as well!
crap. i u-turned and headed back home pissed.
anyway, monday i will get it towed i think to the bmw dealer in the early morning.

if anyone has some clues, i'm all ears.
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in case anyone needs this info: my hand brake shoes were heavily worn and there was some pin that broke loose (that caused the clicking noise). the once in a while banging was possibly the seizing of these components i'm told. i will pick it up soon and see if its really fixed. i really hope so!
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Yah, my handbrake is kinda F*$#ed up also... if I use the handbrake with the wheels rotating forward (at any speed, for about 45 degrees of a rotation) then the rear brakes may squeek like crazy when I drive untill I hit the handbrake while the wheel is turing backwards, to like, reseat the brakes.
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I would get that looked at because in Toronto, to install new shoes and the wheel bearings for the rear wheels on the 92 318is, it emptied me 1300CAN!
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