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Old 02-21-2009, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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metalic rattle from drivers front wheel

Hey,

When ever there is a bump etc.. i get this metalic rattle sounds from the front wheel. I couldn't be bothered jacking up the car and asked the mechanic like 6 months ago. He reckoned it was the heat shields doing it and tightened.

Its still doing it.. what else could make that sound? Brake shields etc?

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Well.... this is what I would do.....take off the driver's front wheel & start poking around!

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^^^^^^ Me too, could be any number of things. Anti-rattle clips missing, suspension parts, end links, sway bars.
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Thanks guys.. guess i'll just have to jack it up and have a look!

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does it stop when you step on the brakes?
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I KNOW exactly what it is... It's the brake disc cover plate that has come away from a 10mm bolt LOL... This happened to me and was very annoying so I tore it off ... Hahahaha
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I KNOW exactly what it is... It's the brake disc cover plate that has come away from a 10mm bolt LOL... This happened to me and was very annoying so I tore it off ... Hahahaha
E36 are usually the bottom ball joint (built into the arm). The noise is often more noticed at lower speed. The anti roll bar connectors are also a possible but often less likley.
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does it stop when you step on the brakes?
hi i have a problemon the front left wheel iv had a look and i dnt have a clue wot its is but it rattles all the time over bumps but as soon as i brake it stops does anyone have a clue wot it is plz cheers
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