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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 08-22-2012, 05:34 PM   #1
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Rattling underneath driver side. Need help identifying part and how to tighten/fix it

Hi, so I managed to rule out the stabilizer end link and other parts such as the axle, ball joints by wiggling them and checking for play.

I came across a part and when I wiggled it, seemed to have a lot of play. Also sounded like the noise I hear while driving. Please help me try to tighten or replace it. Not much space to work with either.

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Old 08-22-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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thats your steering knuckle. off the steering rack. if its the knuckle thats loose where the uj (universal joint) you might be able to get a repair kit consisting of a new uj not sure if you can or you cant.

failing that it will be a new steering shaft.

for example this (this is not the part for your car unless you have an e36)



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