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Old 04-23-2008, 07:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Noise in Rear end

I have a 2001 330 ci. I have a noise coming from the rear end. Sounds like a CV joint may be going bad. Any other ideas ? Any idea how the replacement cost would be for a CV joint on a BMW. I am new to BMW cars.
COuld it be a wheel bearing ?

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Old 04-23-2008, 11:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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what kinda of sound are you getting from the rear? if its a whining sound, then i would say ball bearings, thump sound check shocks or even the trunk for loose spare tire or such.
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it's a roaring sound. I think that is the best way to describe it. Doesn't sound like a rattle or anything like that. More like a wheel bearing, trans axle or CV joint kind of noise.
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I had an E46 that a wheel bearing went bad on and I heard a "roaring" sound also... sort of like loud wind noise. Don't drive it too much or it will seize and spin the bearing. In my case I had to also replace the drive flange ( $140 ). Jack the suspect wheel up and see if you can "wiggle" it. I can tell you how to replace it yourself, if you think you're up for that. TR
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I'm having a similiar sound coming from the rear. I have replaced one wheel bearing about 40,000 miles ago but both sides seem tight. It sounds like a rubbing or moaning that comes on at about 30 mph and is speed constant. any ideas?
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