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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 06-28-2011, 10:46 AM   #1
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Creaking Noise... Any Ideas??

Okay so its been going on for a few weeks now.. theres this weird creaking noise coming from the front passenger side wheel. The squeaks and creaks happen around bends and turns. Not sure what it could be, possibly a spring or a strut? Idk if anybodys had this problem... any ideas on how to diagnose or even fix it??
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:51 AM   #2
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Do you have urethane control arm bushings?
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:00 PM   #3
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I'm guessing a loose ball joint - jack up the corner and shake the wheel to look for worn components.
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:54 PM   #4
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Bearing, bushing, or rotor would be my guess. Search the threads and you will find good ways to figure out your exact problem.
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Do you have urethane control arm bushings?
.....no idea... should i? lol
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Could also be a swaybar endlink gone bad or loose
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^True. When they're bad they clank, when they're loose they can creak.
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if it is the swaybar make sure to have a pretty short 16mm and a star bit to tighten. Do not refer to how the bentley says to tighten as XI's are different (which suck btw)
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