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Old 03-21-2012, 12:03 AM
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Hi all , find some weird rear view from My E36 320i just this morning after full fill it with gasoline,my old lady a bit slant to the right side.
measure it from rear fender lips to wheel hub Center found about 1" differences left and right, the right side more close to the ground , what it can be causing the problem:
1. Shock absorber
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:22 AM
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EDIT: Are you trying to say your car is leaning more on one side?
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:31 AM
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If not I would get under and inspect for anything that may have come unbloted. A cm or 2 might be normal but an inch is not.
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:33 AM
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Yap...to the right side,same condition once the gas is half or empty ( I just finish it with long journey
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:34 AM
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If not I would get under and inspect for anything that may have come unbloted. A cm or 2 might be normal but an inch is not.
Not to nitpick, but 2 cm is practically an inch....
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Not to nitpick, but 2 cm is practically an inch....
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Noted for above will go under her and check for the same, any way can shock absorber causing this problem

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Could be your rear spring not seated in properly ... Or a different size tire on one side?
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Isnt the drivers side supposed to sit slightly higher so that when you sit in it, it evens out? But an inch is exessive.
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isnt the drivers side supposed to sit slightly higher so that when you sit in it, it evens out? But an inch is exessive.
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the check engine light is usually caused by the o2 sensor but there may be other reasons for it to be set off

the little o with ridges around it are the brake pad sensors. They are in the lf and rr

the e36 does have a 'natural' lean when driverless and looked at from behind

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Honestly, I think this is a myth. Ride height is determined by the springs, and the left and right springs do not have individual part numbers on the E36, just front & rear. That and the fact that my car never had a lean when it was on the stock suspension.
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Honestly, I think this is a myth. Ride height is determined by the springs, and the left and right springs do not have individual part numbers on the E36, just front & rear. That and the fact that my car never had a lean when it was on the stock suspension.
Well deal with it, because it's true.

I've had three or four different master tech's mention it.
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Well deal with it, because it's true.

I've had three or four different master tech's mention it.
What did they say in regards to how much higher the drivers side is supposed to be? Where did they say the measuring point was, ground to top of wheel arch?
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Measuring point IIRC was top of fender arch to ground.


and the difference is 1/4 inch.
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Honestly, I think this is a myth. Ride height is determined by the springs, and the left and right springs do not have individual part numbers on the E36, just front & rear. That and the fact that my car never had a lean when it was on the stock suspension.
Not sure if it's true or not, but I suppose the ride height could be increased on the drivers side by altering the spring perch, not necessarily the spring.
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Well deal with it, because it's true.

I've had three or four different master tech's mention it.
I still don't believe it. It's not like everything a master technician says is true, either. Nobody has ever been able to produce empirically validated information on this topic. All that has ever been said is people claiming someone else told them it was so, or they refer to some other internet forum. Yes, there could be difference in the spring perches, but this is highly unlikely because altering the spring perch would also alter the spring compression. From an engineering standpoint, it does not make any sense to design a side-specific spring perch and then use the same height/rate springs on both sides of the car. Rather, if different spring perches were to be used, I'm sure BMW engineers would have also designed springs which were specific to each side of the car. Alas, they have not.

Also, there has not been a single example provided which shows any actual dimensional differences between the left and right struts. Not in the history of the internet, and not in any official BMW technical literature (to my knowledge). It's all "my mechanic said this" and "this forum says so".

You guys gotta go with what's logical. There is nothing about the stock E36 suspension which suggests that one side is higher than the other.
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REMOVE any cheap suspension component and replace with REPUTABLE PARTS.
Then, get a PROPER Alignment done and tire/tyre inspection.

Take pictures BEFORE, and AFTER from ALL ANGLES.
Come back, and post pictures.

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^ I've always thought the same.. Especially since the rear springs are interchangeable with each other, and so are the fronts.. sooo if you swap sides, the car will lean to the left?

Edit: this is meant to add to karls post
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what about natural weight design of the car? IE the driverside weighs slighly less than the passenger?

anyways OP check everything, if your not low just peeking you head under the rear bumper may tell you all you need to know.
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what about natural weight design of the car? IE the driverside weighs slighly less than the passenger?
While technically possible, this idea is highly unlikely, and has never been verified by or even alluded to by anyone. And when you tear down an E36 to a bare shell, nothing indicates that this is remotely plausible. Then there is the fact that E36s were sold in different markets, with both RHD and LHD.
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Maybe people just say that because the gas tank is on the passenger side?
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Only the filler neck is on the passenger side. The fuel tank itself is centered under the rear seat.
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this is a sicnes on e36s. some people say its becouse of batarie put on the back, but overal it is ur suspension problem. some of the bushes and links may me worn more what results in this problem, its always like that, when the weight is being put on the back, one side ( wekest links) will give more than other. unless u are going to change the whole suspension links, bushes joints etc, than there is no point to worie about.
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does this mean the RHD leans to the left
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