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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 04-21-2012, 08:37 PM   #1
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Clunk after shifting... And grinding when turning?

So I'm not sure if something is loose or it's just me not being great with the clutch... But I got a 2004 325xi a few months ago, and when I shift up, and release the clutch, I hear a little clunk in the rear end. Does anyone else have this issue or know what it could be or how to fix t? I'm guessing it's because I'm letting the clutch out too fast but I have no idea.

Also when i turn the wheel all the way to one side or the other, I'll hear a grinding sound. If I turn the wheel the opposite way an inch it stops. Anyone know what this could be? I'm guessing alignment issues because the previous owner had the axels changed out shortly before I bought it. And didn't get it aligned.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:45 PM   #2
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:18 PM   #3
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That can't be good at all. I'll definitely get on that. I notice it a bit more now than before.
I also notice, in 5th, when I'm going about 35-40mph.. around 1.5-2k rpm if I step on it and let off, I get that same clunking in the rear end.
My brother (mechanic) said it could be the motor mounts going bad, but this makes more sense.
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:45 PM   #4
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Yeah, likely the diff mount bushing. I find that if you rev it a little higher in the 2.5k+ range before shifting, it makes for smoother shifts.

With the second issue, are you talking about with the car in motion or stationary?
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:00 AM   #5
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Both in motion and stationary. Asked my brother, he said sounds like something isn't adjusted right, so I turn "too far". But he isn't a BMW mechanic, so he wouldn't know.

I plan on Driving down to Virginia to have his friend, a BMW mechanic, fix everything for me. But in order to do so, I need to know or have a general idea of what is wrong.

But when I cut the wheel all the way you'll actually feel and hear it grind. it's an awful noise.
So I just turn it almost all the way
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:29 AM   #6
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^check/change powersteering fluid. Don't turn the wheel to full lock (on any car).
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:17 PM   #7
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I'll do that, but on any other car I've ever been in, it's never ever made a noise or had any problem turning fully.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:28 PM   #8
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^check/change powersteering fluid. Don't turn the wheel to full lock (on any car).
^ This.

Either that or your PS pump is a goner.
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:29 AM   #9
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Never turn full lock, as said above. It will make a horrible squealing, fluid rushing sound "SHHHH" usually. This is the sound of the relief bypassing fluid around the rack so it doesn't blow the high pressure lines and seals in the rack....in other words, you're killing the pump and lines by going full lock.

Otherwise, if its a rubbing type sound or metal on metal, it could be an alignment issue or something as simple as a bent backing plate or rubbing on the cup that the front hubs are riding in..
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:27 PM   #10
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When you turn your wheel, is it a grinding sound or a clicking sound? A clicking sound would be bad axle(s).
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