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Old 05-19-2009, 11:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Recently I have been noticing a weird clunking noise coming from the rear of my 328is when I turn at low speeds. It doesn't always occur but I was trying things out and it seems to occur more often when the clutch is pushed in while going through the turn. Any ideas what it could be?
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Clutch pushed in, so no driveline load... and in a turn... that needs some thought.
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Recently I have been noticing a weird clunking noise coming from the rear of my 328is when I turn at low speeds. It doesn't always occur but I was trying things out and it seems to occur more often when the clutch is pushed in while going through the turn. Any ideas what it could be?
Does it happen during acceleration, over bumps & braking hard.....2 things to check for sure are...... 1) the rear shock mounts & 2) the rear trailing arm bushings......links below:

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Symptoms of bad trailing arm bushings include side movement of the rear end under acceleration, general looseness of the rear over bumps, and abnormal tire wear. These bushings will start wearing out after about 50,000mi, give or take.

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p.s. also check the flex disc on the drive shaft:

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Thanks for the info guys. Culprit was the bushings. So I ordered some new ones right aways.
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