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Old 04-30-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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Clunk clunk clunk fml

I pulled the car out of storage sat morning detailed her and etc , Did an oil change and plug change and other pre mat , Gave her a spin and all went well , This morning I started her up let her warm up for about 2 mins all"s well until I started to drive and hit some patches of bumps .

Cruising at a moderate speed , Going over a speed bump I could here a clunk noise , I pulled over to Inspect If my rear drivers shock was blown seeing how bilstien shocks are prone to blow on the e46 sedans and every thing seemed fine ! I had my subframe Inspected just b4 the storage and Its ok as well , I was able to get under the car thinking that perhaps my exhaust Isnt hooked solid enough but It Is.

Ive looked at the majority of the under carriage and every thing looks fine , What could be giving me this clunk noise ?

Im thinking the shock pads or plates

Any Insight to what this clunky sound Is ?

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Old 04-30-2012, 08:24 PM   #2
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IF the car was sitting long enough you could have got rust or build up on the shock arm. Ive seen it happen before. Ive even seen small amounts of sand from a beach in on the shaft and cause that. If you can grab some shock grease and put some on the shaft and see if that helps. Just an idea.
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