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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 01-19-2012, 08:46 PM
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That requires too much work Is there any other way of testing out the diff? I should probably add that last night I came across an intersection which was emptier than my wallet.. I always wanted to try to get sideways on that intersection so I gassed it in first then shifted to second to try to break the tail loose and then from there the vibrations were way more apparent. That kinda sounds like a no brainer that its my diff, but I was just juggling with the idea that my clutch shatted on me, or my diff. After throwing out the idea of it being my clutch, it kinda concludes the idea that its my pos open diff..

And a year+ ago I bought the car with more than 213k miles, and then drove another 8 months of abusive driving (with the m20)... THEN another 7 months with abusive driving (with the m50). It only adds up
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:51 PM
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Yeah, probably LSD time...

You should pull the cover before dropping the cash on a new diff though...
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And look for what?

And if its for sure my diff... I already got my eyes on a 2.93 LSD Time for me to save some gas on this damn guzzler
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:55 PM
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Metal shavings, loose hardware etc...


How about the u-joints in the drive shaft? CSB?
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:58 PM
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Ill probably do all that this weekend, along with replacing my thermostat.. I was rushed to check underneath the car this morning because I had class in about an hour. So maybe starting tomorrow I will lift up the car and check it all out with a sharper eye. Im really realllllyyy hoping its the diff though, I been wanting to replace it forever.
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How about the u-joints in the drive shaft? CSB?
Exactly what I was thinking. Most likely the U-joint. The center bearing would be roaring from almost zero mph up. Ask how I know.
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:33 PM
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Exactly what I was thinking. Most likely the U-joint. The center bearing would be roaring from almost zero mph up. Ask how I know.
I hope its not something stupid like that... Dont spoil this for me ive been finding an excuse to rid my 3.73 diff lol
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:38 PM
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:39 PM
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:42 PM
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Youre the second person we heard that from wtf?
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:13 PM
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It tastes sweet to them, like candy I guess. It kills them tho...

No big deal if you just clean it up
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:26 PM
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Interesting..

Anyways, I always thought that diffs whine or grind when theyre bad? I cant tell if it does either really because its pretty loud in my cabin to hear any of that
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I'm voting for driveshaft, U-joint, or possibly axle shaft. I really don't think it would be the differential, there would be some sort of noise accompanying the vibration if it were. On our older '93 e36 the driveshaft developed a crack, and became out of balance. Because of this vibration would start around 35-40 mph, most noticeable as I would go on a freeway onramp. It was almost un-driveable at 60 mph, due to crazy vibration.

I think it's driveshaft or U-joint (which is still on driveshaft, eh brah?)
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... i love how i was overthinking all this from the beginning. ended up being a missing driveshaft bolt to the guibo.. ahh glad it was something simple
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yeapp, it makes sense though.. there's 6 bolts total, 3 on the tranny side and 3 on the driveshaft side.. missing one on either side would create an off balance.. either way, im just glad it want something id have to dig into my pockets for
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