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Old 03-31-2009, 02:38 PM   #41
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wow nice writeup...im sure kpeng must be pissed he didnt come up with this....he just would have named it Newbie Guide to Identification & Fix of Rattling sources on the E46 Coupe
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:53 PM   #42
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wow nice writeup...im sure kpeng must be pissed he didnt come up with this....he just would have named it Newbie Guide to Identification & Fix of Rattling sources on the E46 Coupe
Yes, I am raging mad because I didn't come up with this...


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Old 04-04-2009, 07:58 PM   #43
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so i removed my bsw sub today and tried the tennis ball fix. First, I had to cut a good slice in the balls to get them to fit.. just puncturing it was impossible to get into the hole ?? Maybe that is why b) it doesn't seem to have fixed my issue. I have the balls crammed in there and they seem to have retained ball like shape.. but i rattle on. To me, it seems teh rattle that is paining me is back where the deck lid meets the window... it's almost impossible to tell until i get someone to drive me around in the back seat and try to isolate it...

thoughts? Did the slicing of the balls ruin the effect? They are still well crammed in there. This rattle is driving me *(&^ing nuts. Thanks for the help.
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:55 PM   #44
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ok I think i found a fix for my specific issue. I have the stage 2 bsw sub, so what i did was punched out the HK sub holes (obviously i didn't have HK). I then punched out the extra soud deadening material and rolled it tightly. I shoved it back as far as possible cramming it in the wedge where the deck lid meets the trunk...basicaly under the back window. Then i used a tennis ball shoved forward though each large hole. The large rattle is gone now! and i have a little less deadening material / a bit more bass comes through now.
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:38 AM   #45
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Anyone with a convertible have a nasty rattling coming from the top storage compartment with the top up? It's awful and its coming from somewhere inside but its not every single time so I can't seem to get in the back seat and diagnose it when my gf is available to drive.
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:50 AM   #46
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I have this issue, and had the windows greased the other day, however the car is still making the noises. Its the only noises coming from the car and its driving me nuts.

Any more suggestions? Thx

Source #7: Squeeking sound when slowly going bumply roads, uneven surfaces (chassis flex)
Cause: Rubber window seals dry and squeaking against the glass.
Solution: Apply silicone grease on all rubber seals, leave it for a couple of days and wipe excess with a clean cloth. Paper towels not recommended.
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:45 AM   #47
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I have this issue, and had the windows greased the other day, however the car is still making the noises. Its the only noises coming from the car and its driving me nuts.

Any more suggestions? Thx

Source #7: Squeeking sound when slowly going bumply roads, uneven surfaces (chassis flex)
Cause: Rubber window seals dry and squeaking against the glass.
Solution: Apply silicone grease on all rubber seals, leave it for a couple of days and wipe excess with a clean cloth. Paper towels not recommended.
Someone on here claimed that none of the lubes they bought from an auto store worked and linked to a better one in a thread... don't remember where the thread is though.
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:51 AM   #48
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I think you might be refering to: "Gummi PFledge" (p/n: 82149407015) which is not available from dealers anymore as its discontinued. Perhaps you dealer might have some left over ?!?
For more info check out: http://www.z3bimmer.com/OffTopic/E24Bimmer/Gummi/

If you can't find Gummi, look at this replacement: http://www.carbaflo-direct.com/index.htm. I have not used this product, but would love to know what other fanatics think about it.
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:00 AM   #49
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Ok I found the part numbers that apparently replace Gummy PFledge (it was discontinued because as per BMW it was bad for the seals...). Suitable replacements are:

83230309627 - Lubricant (Carbaflo)
83199407906 - Remover (Silicone Remover)

Carbflo direct sells the same stuff with a "kit" that contains applicators are what not, but I am sure a terry cloth will just work fine?!?
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:01 AM   #50
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I think you might be refering to: "Gummi PFledge" (p/n: 82149407015) which is not available from dealers anymore as its discontinued. Perhaps you dealer might have some left over ?!?
For more info check out: http://www.z3bimmer.com/OffTopic/E24Bimmer/Gummi/

If you can't find Gummi, look at this replacement: http://www.carbaflo-direct.com/index.htm. I have not used this product, but would love to know what other fanatics think about it.
I had my indy BMW shop apply it. They used Carbaflow KSP105
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Old 06-17-2009, 11:05 AM   #51
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I had my indy BMW shop apply it. They used Carbaflow KSP105
So did it help with crackling noises at all? I am about to order it so any feedback is appreciated.

Thanks.
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:39 PM   #52
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So did it help with crackling noises at all? I am about to order it so any feedback is appreciated.

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Not really. I just picked up a stick and intend to apply it much more liberally tonight and see if that helps.
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:24 PM   #53
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I have a sort of leather on leather or leather on plastic rubbing while driving over uneven surfaces coming from the right back folding seat. I think it's because the seat doesn't "lock tight". I've tried applying some cloth tape on the outer side of the folding part of the seat so it doesn't rub (at least i think that's the part that rubs), and it didn't help. Should replacing the lock mechanism solve this? or at least "manufacturing" some sort of stop around the lock, in the area where the seat rests on the rear deck, to "push it out" and keep it tight? Might be the lower joint at fault just as well. It seems that's the only rattle i have and it's killing me, even though it's very subtle.
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:32 PM   #54
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E46s have a first aid box?? Where?
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:45 PM   #55
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In the coupes the first aid box is accesible under the passanger seat via the front. It's a small plastic door that conceals it. Not sure about sedans.
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Old 06-17-2009, 01:57 PM   #56
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In the coupes the first aid box is accesible under the passanger seat via the front. It's a small plastic door that conceals it. Not sure about sedans.
same. Its an option in the US though.
http://www.bmw325i.net/inst_firstaid_box.shtml

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Old 06-17-2009, 01:58 PM   #57
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Anyone with a convertible have a nasty rattling coming from the top storage compartment with the top up? It's awful and its coming from somewhere inside but its not every single time so I can't seem to get in the back seat and diagnose it when my gf is available to drive.
I'd check your rear top shock mounts. Convertibles go through them quickly and sounds like the same area you're talking about.
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In the coupes the first aid box is accesible under the passanger seat via the front. It's a small plastic door that conceals it. Not sure about sedans.
In the USA we don't get the first aid box stock. Likely he doesn't have what you got overseas. I had to buy the two and install them here in the states. But yes, they are under the front seats if installed.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:06 PM   #58
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wow sweet rattling guide! i hvae a couple rattles in my door
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:12 AM   #59
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Great guide

I have actually shown this guide to my local dealership who I have asked to look at my door and they were able to seal my passenger door to make sure the rattles go away but that was temporary. I have these rattles which are very annoying.

The problem comes from my passenger door. Initially, a dealer put a film between the arm rest cover and bottom section. I also had new clips for the panel replaced. They then "sealed" the door and could not guarantee that the issue would go away. Lastly, we found a missing screw on the bottom of the armrest. Now there is an intermittent rattle and I have even taken this to a good indy shop but they have struggled to fix it.

Please advise me if you have any suggestions.

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Old 07-26-2009, 11:07 AM   #60
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paraklas, A BIG thank you! Like everything else in life, when one thing goes, there is also something else going along at the same time. This is normal wear and tear, especially of parts made of the same materials. But finding them just got a whole lot easier - and very organized. If I find a solution on my own, I will log it here.
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