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Old 05-04-2006, 05:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone tell me what the hell this means???? Is this a common problem for E36 models? I would appreciate any assistance

The final thing I would check is if it clunks
from the back. The 92-99 non M3 3 series cars have an issue where the
rear trailing arms actually rip out of the body. If the car's been beat
to shit it can exacerbate the issue. This is usually found out by
listening for a loud clunk from the rear suspension when going over
bumps, or stopping quickly even from low speed or going into reverse and
then stopping quickly to let the chassis flex. OR just bypass any
concerns, spend $100 and take it to a mechanic and he'll compression
test it and tell him to look at the trailing arms that bolt to the
chassis and if the bushings look shot or the chassis is actually torn
(that's what happens - the big control arm that bolts to a bushing that
bolts to the body of the car - it's welded - breaks from the body
literally). The mechanic will be able to identify all that.

BTW

the bushings are just that, rubber bushings, if they are worn out
they need replacement because that's a weak point in the car and worn
bushings can cause this to happen. If it does rip, there's a bay area
place that charges I think $750 to fix the whole shebang (weld plates on
back to the chassis and do the R&R of the rear end).
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Old 05-04-2006, 05:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ok.. so whats your question.. or did I miss something here?

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mine does that. im not too worried about it at the moment though, got more important things to worry about like m bumpers.
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oh im sorry, i was such in a hurry to post this i forgot to mention that body of paragraph was written by someone to ask me that about my car. I wasn't sure how to interpret it.
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Ok... you still got me confused... what is the problem??.. clunking in the rear?

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Well I believe it can be either 2 things. The shock mount on the rear is shot or your subframe is ripped.

OOps before I forget. the place where your rear mount is you have to check for cracks on breaking of the metal area.
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Les,

It's very simple. Just translate that paragraph for me, because I have no clue what it means. Second, is that a common problem on e36's?

This was written by a 3rd person who is giving advise to his friend who is looking to purchase my vehicle. Still confused my friend???used:
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Refer to post no.6...

Hahah.. I understand now... sorry.

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Hahah.. I understand now... sorry.

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:lol: hehe no problemo senor Les
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ive never heard of this problem... first signs of clunking are going to be RSM IMO, most of the time thats what it turns out to be from what i know... wouldnt hurt to check this out thuogh...
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