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Old 04-22-2005, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am getting a squeaking in the right rear after I go over speedbumps, and or small bumps in the road. It only started doing this after I got my car back from the shop (I recently got in an accident) I asked parts @ the local BMW and they said that it is probably the bushings. (considering they are right) WHAT BUSHINGS ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT??????


I am going to get springs and shocks installed next week, what else do I need to replace to stop the squeaking??????? (since they are installing the suspension anyway)
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Old 04-22-2005, 11:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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if they are talking about "bushings" then they are talking about the control arm bushings... but from what u are describing, it could possibly be the stuts....

but i could be wrong
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I wouldnt say your wrong Cruzin.. but ten our of ten times... its probably your rear shock mounts... it has a bushing in the center of them... that wears after a few years.... cheap fix.. about 40 bucks from a tuner.... check out www.turnermotorsports.com they sell a few kits... look for rear shock mounts.... should be your problem... all you'd have to do is rip the insallation away from your towers in the rear.. and get someone to push down on the rear side... and if you see the shock piston moving up and down through the rubber bushing... then you need to replace them...

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I agree rear top shocker mounts are the main cause of rear end noise the other things E36s suffer from is snapped coil spring the very bottom coil snaps off they normal rattle and trailing arm bushes they normally knock
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it's prolly not the RSM's. I have the same squeak and I did new springs, shocks, and mounts. THe squeak got better because it is more stiff but it did not solve the problem. It most likely is your bushings..I know there are more bushings in the rear, I think 5 for each side...It's not cheap and it isnt a DIY (for me at least) so I have been putting it off..
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Well... each problem is it own... take that for what you will... to be completly honest with you.. when it comes to troubleshooting squeeks in the rear... the most often failed bushing is the RSM... reason no. 1 why I said what I said.... there are a few other bushings that are involved in a bump... and move... including your rear upper and lower control arms... your rear sway bars.... ect.... ect... now... for obvious reasons the RSM is most noticable.. due to its locations and failing habbit.

So... all in all.. it could be any one of your rear bushings... and or your struts... or springs.... but... like I clearly said... ten times to none... its probably your RSMs... I'd look there first...

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Depending upon which type of bushings you get... a whole set of rear bushings is about 100 bucks... from www.pelicanparts.com.... as for installation... if you dont have the tools... and the know how.. or the will... save your time.. and get it done at a shop... shouldnt take a good mech more than an hour or two to do the work...

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Dont get me wrong the RSM's are weak and prone to fail ,so by all means replace these. It's just good preventative maint. at the least..Plus with new springs and shocks it is a MUST.. In my case tho it did not solve the squeak. But the stiffer suspension made it almost non- existent.
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if your accident was back there it could be the wheel hub, possibly an internal bearing problem. do the bushing first then check into this
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