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Old 05-30-2006, 09:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Squeeky Spring

I have noticed that my back right spring is squeeky, when i go around and push on the sides of the car, just that one makes noise. I had H&R springs put in, new control arms and bushings on all four wheels. but it was also queeky before those springs were in too. any ideas.. used:
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maybe one of the bushings are starting to go on that side. have you checked your rear control arm and shock mount?
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Try leaving the car in gear with the e-brake off and pushing down on the rear end. If it doesn't squeak it is most likely your e-brake making the noise and a common e36 problem.
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I will try that tomorrow, my e-brake is not in that good of shape, i recently replaced rotors and it was pretty rusted .. sounds like that could be it.
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Yes, that is exactly it.... well seems like Im going to be in the market for a new e-brake soon.
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You may not need to replace your e-brake to get that squeak to go away.

Try these:
1. Take apart the e-brake and clean away all the rust you can from within the drum
2. http://www.bimmerdiy.com/diy/e36brakesystem Read the part between steps 29 & 30 of this tutorial on Replacing Brake Pads And Rotors. It shows how to adjust your e-brake
3. Try applying the e-brake while the car is moving to remove rust build-up on the drum.

Doing this almost completely removed the squeak my e-brake was making.
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to re-seat your e-brake pads:
1. put the car in reverse gear
2. give your car some gas so you roll backwards at idle, manuals: ride the clutch in reverse and give it a little gas to put some force on the wheels.
3. pull e-brake handle and stop car with e-brake or pull e-brake with enough force that would stall the engine if you have a manual.
4. enjoy

frequently, when the e-brake is used when the wheels are rotating forward or there is a forward rotating force (EG: parked facing down a hill), the pads will not be pulled fully back by the springs inside, and will sit there scraping the drum until that pad material is worn away, or you re-seat them.
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