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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 04-25-2020, 10:53 AM   #1
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04 330xi popping noise

I recently replaced the entire front suspension on my 330xi. Control arms, bushings, tie rods, sway bar links, cv axles, etc. When I turn right I can hear a pop sound from the drivers side. My buddy said I over tightened the ball joint to the sub frame and it could be in a bind. Is this true? And if so whats the torque spec for the ball joints?
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Old 04-28-2020, 06:47 PM   #2
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The only place the inner ball joint attaches to the sub frame is the base, and that doesn't move. The other end is pulled into the control arm and has to be tight so it won't move. The only way over tightening could cause an issue would be if the fastener broke. The outer joint needs to be tight in the knuckle. Are you sure it isn't an axle making noise? My last axle replacement fixed a noise from the right front, it wasn't a popping sound. More of a clicking sound but only on right turns under acceleration. The axle was a low mileage GKN which is a good brand.
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