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Old 06-05-2015, 07:30 AM   #1
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Front end sounds like its going to fall apart.. clunking

So my front end when going slowly and if the car is rocking makes clunking noises like you wouldn't believe. It basically sounds like its going over train tracks..

The front end feels tight, I checked both front wheels a month ago when I swapped my summer tires and there is no play. This clunking noise is only happening on slow driving, highway speeds or normal city driving - nothing is heard.

I tried moving the swaybar but they seem pretty tight in there, shaking the swaybars not a valid test? Would these be the swaybar links making this much noise?

My passenger side one is probably only 25k old..
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How are the ball joints and control arm bushings? Most likely it's that.
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To figure out if it the sway bars or not, disconnect one end of one link, zip-tie the link so it won't hit anything, and test drive. That will essentially take the sway bar out of the system and will tell you if it's the sway or not.
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I bet your lower control arm ball joints are shot. How many miles since the suspension was refreshed?
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I bet your lower control arm ball joints are shot. How many miles since the suspension was refreshed?
Hmm, well when I had the tires off I shook everything pretty hard and everything is tight. The car feels solid on the road, steering is tight. Handling is fine except this clunking.

Suspension is probably 40-50k old.

Since this is an XI, are the ball joints not replaceable and I need complete new control arms?
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Yes. If the arms were never replaced then at 50k they probably have to. My friends made it to 60k. On my car my arms I had replaced at 90k (not sure if they were done before) and my cabs I had to replace again 50k in.

Stick with Lemforder control arm bushings, for the arms you can do the same or Meyle since the ball joints are replaceable.
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So whats the deal, I basically need all new arms? Can't just replace the ball joint like any other car?
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No, ball joints on bmw control arms are not replaceable alone so the entire arm has to be changed. Only solution are the Meyle arms.
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No, ball joints on bmw control arms are not replaceable alone so the entire arm has to be changed. Only solution are the Meyle arms.
Well talk about a waste.. great way to spend extra money on arms that themselves are not bad..

Well looking at the prices of these arms/bushings think this is going to go on the back burners. This car is killing me lately maintenance wise. I can't be dumping cash on it anymore at this point.

I'll unhook the swaybar links and hope its those.
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Old 06-07-2015, 01:48 PM   #10
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Lower ball on the drivers side swaybar link is loose as hell.. Think that was my issue.

Will drive car this way to see if it does it again, cause I haven't taken the passenger side off.

These swaybar are such a piss off to remove due to the torx head.. Genius idea.
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