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shockin330i 08-13-2008 10:40 PM

so there's something wrong with my suspension :pics:
So for the past month or so the front right side of the car has been making this terrible noise. I assumed it was the suspension but as I would push down on the car it seemed as though the noise was coming from behind the wheel. So I took a lot of pics so that maybe some one could spot what is wrong. TIA

Oh and I sometimes feel it under my feet on the drivers side...

shockin330i 08-13-2008 10:41 PM


4ngie 08-13-2008 10:45 PM


shockin330i 08-13-2008 10:46 PM


Originally Posted by 4ngie (Post 8376743)

I knew someone was gonna say that... :tsk:

4ngie 08-13-2008 10:46 PM


Originally Posted by shockin330i (Post 8376748)
I knew someone was gonna say that... :tsk:

Yes, but did you know it would be me?

00bmw323 08-13-2008 10:47 PM

Big toe!

shockin330i 08-13-2008 10:47 PM


Originally Posted by 00bmw323 (Post 8376753)
Big toe!


shockin330i 08-13-2008 11:06 PM

Thread failure :(

shockin330i 08-14-2008 01:12 AM

Here are some sound clips...

pinoycowboy 08-14-2008 02:15 AM

i think it's a shock... sound clip sounds like something hydraulic to me and something about the ruber boot over the shock doesn't look right to me

SL Blak Soldier 08-25-2008 06:01 AM

Maybe its a blown shock? If your pushing down on your car and it has a lot of movement(sounds like it does) it could just be them bottoming in out.

elite53 08-26-2008 05:33 PM

Your control arm bushing pulled apart. The inner part that is connected to the arm itself should be flush with the outer piece in the carrier that is bolted to the car.

elite53 08-26-2008 05:38 PM

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These two pieces should be flush or the thing is going to move all over the place.

shockin330i 08-26-2008 06:23 PM

Ah, I'll have to look into that :thumbup:

Nico3k 08-27-2008 12:16 AM

What elite53 said is true and that can be dangerous during hard cornering.

shockin330i 08-27-2008 12:31 AM

I'm just wondering what's making that awful noise....

elite53 08-27-2008 01:20 AM

The end of that control arm banging around. Reach under there and grab the end of it with your hand and move it around and you will see what I'm talking about.

samBROchill330i 08-27-2008 02:14 AM


Originally Posted by elite53 (Post 8442039)
the end of that control arm banging around. Reach under there and grab the end of it with your hand and move it around and you will see what i'm talking about.


Mike In Mass 08-27-2008 07:53 AM

Similar situation
Not getting noise but front end seems quite loose, I'm getting bad steering response at speed and a breaker bar on the driver's side lug nuts shows quite a bit of front to rear movement of the wheel. Took the front wheels off and moved it by hand.....loose where the control arm enters the bushing on the frame.

It does not look close to the photo on this thread....driver's side is really bad, pass side a bit better as far as play goes.

So the question now is what to do? Replace with OEM mounts? Replace with aftermarket? I assume I need to remove the control arms to do the replacement, should I get new arms? BTW the car only has 26K on the clock.....I don't get why they are shot, but I assume they are!

Thanks for any opinions.......

KriTiKaL AspecT 08-27-2008 08:06 AM

Time for new control arms. Do a little research there is tons of info here. Many venders carry them check modbargians.com.
My car is '01 with 45,000 when I got it. Bought it off a couple in Oklahoma who had recently moved from Connecticut. My bushings are fading fast I'm guessing the NE winter took its toll on the rubber (not that the rubber is that good anyways), plus the age. I must of made it this far because it was a summer car for them. However, 60,000 is about the time these things start failing.

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