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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 07-05-2011, 08:09 AM   #1
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popping noise when I put car in reverse

When I'm at a standstill and I put the car in "R" I hear a popping noise from the front left of the car right as I take off. I know my CAB are shot, and will replace them shortly.. but I doubt that makes that noise. Maybe ball joints?
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:59 PM   #2
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and it's the swaybar link balljoint..
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:00 AM   #3
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I have this similar situation with mines and found out it was the flex joint for the driveshaft. Must remove the exhaust to get to it. Google search flex joint for your vehicle and you'll find a few instructionals as this issue is fairly common. Hope this works out for you.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:52 AM   #4
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i'll look into it, thanks

Also, pulled my front CABS today.. they were completely toast!! sucks my 12 ton press doesn't have enough umph to swap them out.. to the machine shop i go.
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