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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 01-04-2015, 01:14 PM   #1
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What wrong here

OK, new this year e46 m3 owner. I put car away for winter up on car dollies and pushed into safe corner of garageClick image for larger version

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Today (because wife's car gonna need to be at dealer for extended time) had to un hibernate car. When I brought it down from dollies (using jacks), once all 4 wheels on ground, driver side rear suspension stayed extended (as if jack was still pushing up at rear driver side jack point. I sat in car, then started it. Cpl moments later, a creak/thump and car "dropped down" to normal stance. Did quick test drive and everything feels normal. So something bound up in the suspension. Something that needs fixing?

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Old 01-04-2015, 01:18 PM   #2
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It's normal. The suspension usually settles back down without a noticeable thump though.
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Old 01-04-2015, 01:21 PM   #3
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More of a loudish creak. Nothing sounded broken. Like the sound you sometimes get AS you are lowering a car from a jack. Is was just more abrupt because the "drop" happened all at once.
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:40 PM   #4
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Check the bolts on your skid plate, if they are loose it will cause that sound.
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Old 01-04-2015, 07:44 PM   #5
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I was more concerned about the suspension hanging up. The sound was what I would expect when abruptly loading the suspension. But I will check for loose bolts. Thanks!
It was just kinda freaky. Jack out from under car... All four wheels on ground, but left rear chassis still appeared as if jack was holding it up.

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Old 01-07-2015, 03:37 PM   #6
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Are you saying you keep your car suspended when you hibernate (so for several months)? With the wheels dangling?

Is that a good idea?
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Old 01-07-2015, 03:39 PM   #7
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No I am not saying that. Each wheel was on a car dolly. I was bringing cat down from car dollies one side at a time.
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if car was lifted the rear spring could have moved in its position crooked and then was binding when set down. sounds like it shifted back into the mounting points and fell back into place.
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Old 01-07-2015, 05:18 PM   #9
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Car has been driving fine (except I hate having it out in snow), so I think I'm all set
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Old 01-11-2015, 04:25 PM   #10
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Rear Springs

I would also check the rear springs. I recently installed the Bilstein\Eibach B12 kit and noticed the stock rear springs were pretty loose when the wheel was just hanging.
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