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Old 01-18-2010, 03:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Suspension/shocks/springs suggestions.

Need help. New to M3. Have an 96 e36. When I go over speed bumps, whole car rattles, espectially trunk (spare is secured down and nothing else in trunk). THINK I need suspension work, but don't want anything extravagant or expensive. Any suggestions?
Also, hear "knock" underneath hood. Thought it was a noisy lifter, and then I read on here someone had a similar problem, but it had to do with spark plugs not torqued right. Anyone else know anything about this?
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Need help. New to M3. Have an 96 e36. When I go over speed bumps, whole car rattles, espectially trunk (spare is secured down and nothing else in trunk). THINK I need suspension work, but don't want anything extravagant or expensive. Any suggestions?
Also, hear "knock" underneath hood. Thought it was a noisy lifter, and then I read on here someone had a similar problem, but it had to do with spark plugs not torqued right. Anyone else know anything about this?
Thanks....
Well when I purchased my 97' the Suspension was the first thing I repaired......

the rear trailing arm bushing went, I had a loud Knocking noise coming from the rear going over bumps & on heavy acceleration........as far as shocks & struts, Bilstein Sports.....H&R Sport Springs.......also replaced front control arms, tie rods, & control arm bushings......

Here some links to help you along:

United Bimmer - BMW Enthusiast Community and Forums : Bimmer Technical Help

BMW E36 RTAB Without Special Tools

http://www.bimmerdiy.com/dir/e36/stability

Pelican Technical Article: BMW 3-Series E36 Spark Plug Replacement

Pelican Technical Article: BMW Valve Cover Replacement

BMW E36 DIY (Do It Yourself)

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