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Old 08-09-2009, 06:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Slapping noise when on rough surface

I noticed this last night with the windows up, I turned right and heard a strange noise, rolled down the windows and didn't hear it again except on some man holes and other rough road. Today I drove on the rough surface of the old airstrip in town and rolled down the windows and heard what distinctly sounded like metal hitting metal, like spoons slapping kind of. Don't know what this is or if it is anything, I don't really mess with suspension and I assume that is what it is if it is anything. Thanks for the help guys, I remember back in the day at UB and when I came over here I never really asked a question, now I ask one every week just about haha.
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It's more than likely your sway bar end links. Believe me when I say you will be replacing plenty of them when you own an E39.
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Haha, well they have held up for over a year now. But oh well, I guess next time I go in I will get them to check it out.
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I'm beginning to think it has the be the end links, I didn't put this together at the time but when breaking, right before the car stops (well the wheels stop but the body moves forward a little bit and then comes to a rest) it makes a creaking sound, this one can be heard with the windows up though, and it makes that same noise when turning the wheel at low speeds. This sound like it is the end links for sure?
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Yeah, it still sounds like an end link issue to me. Is there any particular part of the vehicle you hear the sounds though? Front/rear? Left/right?
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When on rough surfaces the front and rear drivers side, during the braking just the front drivers side....but i assume if there is anything on the passengers side i cant hear it because of the distance from it and the fact that what little I might be able to hear I can't distinguish because the sound from the drivers side is over powering it.
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