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Old 06-12-2005, 06:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Recently Ive noticed a creaking noise from the suspension , Like when i turn the car or accelerate, and when i get up out of the car. i seem to notice it more when it rains or if i wash the car. think there is something wrong?
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Old 06-12-2005, 08:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Recently Ive noticed a creaking noise from the suspension , Like when i turn the car or accelerate, and when i get up out of the car. i seem to notice it more when it rains or if i wash the car. think there is something wrong?
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I can not tell you what is it, but for sure nothing you should be concern about. For yours peace of mind,you can lift up the car and check all suspension component for any wear, especially front rubber bushing and struts condition...
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I don't know if this means anything but my car doesnt have sport package, and i don;t know if this is normal but it seems to dip when i accelerate hard.
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I don't know if this means anything but my car doesnt have sport package, and i don;t know if this is normal but it seems to dip when i accelerate hard.
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I do not know a milage on your car , but with big milage and agressive driving it could be subframe bushing problem.
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Have 56,000 miles
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So ,in this case I would rule out subframe bushing,but again ,you never know till you check it out !
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Rear rubber shock mounts always go on BMs.
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I have the same issue with my 2000 328i. I only really notice it when i get out of the car though and from what I can tell it's coming from the left rear wheelweel. I haven't been too concerned with it though.
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Old 03-24-2006, 05:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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If you are only hearing it when you get out of the car - it might actually just be the parking brake, believe it or not.

I've had the same issue - and it only does it when the parking brake is engaged. no brake - no squeak. I've had a few others corroborate the story with their cars so I think its pretty accurate.

Hope that helps~
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Same exact thing from left rear of the car only when I get out of the car. 80K miles. I'll try testing it with and without the parking brake on and see what happens. I really don't care, but it's interesting to see others write about little problems that I have noticed...
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Never thought about that. The parking break is always set when I get out of the car so maybe that's what it is. Thanks for the info.
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i get the same sound when i get out of the car or push down on the car to flex the suspension. I'm looking forward to trying it w/o the break, but i was curious if its a good idea to lube the chassis/suspension... if so, how to?
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NOTE TO ALL: I tested this and it is definitely the parking break. I set the brake and stepped out of the car and it creaked. Then I sat right back down and got up again and it didn't creak. I moved the car and left it in gear, but didn't set the brake and then got up and it didn't creak.

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yep, no noise w/o parking break.
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I'm currently deployed right now so I can't check to see if that's my problem but it sounds like the same exact thing so I'm sure it's the parking brake. Thanks for the info guys!
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