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Old 05-09-2005, 08:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a loud rattling noise that comes from my left rear wheel area when I go over bumps or rough areas in the road. The rougher the road the louder the rattle, but mysteriously the rattle disappears if I have the brakes pressed even slightly. Does anyone have any speculation as to what this might be? I can't imagine what would cause it not to happen if the brakes are applied. Thanks in advance! I have a 1994 325ic.
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I have a '97 328i, and im having a similar rattle. But this is only when i het bumps. I think it could by the old shooks, but i friend with a 94 318ic said it could be the strut mount? Does anyone know?

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ok your problem is the caliper that hold the brake pads. Normally they should fit really thight and not move. I used to have the same problem. It is nothing critical, don't worry, nothing will fall out or anything. The noise is very annoying though i must admit.

If you wanna buy new calipers, it can turn out to be quite expensive. Over here in england they are 150 pounds a piece, so about 600 bux for both sides.

What i suggest you do is take out the brake pads. You will see some thin metal brackes on theonside that go into a hole in the caliper. Just make those a bit wider by hand and put some heat resistant grease around the corners.

That is what i did and everything is fine now there is no rattling at all anymore.

Another thing you can do, but i do not reccomend this one is just to put a welding spot on both sides of the caliper where the pads are suppose to lean on, it will create tha half a millimeter you need to stop the rattle.
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