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Old 06-24-2012, 10:10 PM
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Clicking noise from the rear

Hey Everyone

I am in the process of trying to fix my girlfriend's 01 X5 4.4 but can't seem to pinpoint the problem. The X5 has about 170k km on it.

There is a clicking noise coming from the rear, it sounds like something is catching over and over again (think of it sounding like a metal coat hanger hook/metal wire catching on something). When you are going straight at low speeds in a parking lot you can hear it, when you back up the sound is louder and you can slightly feel it through the car. The noise/feeling is definitely associated with something rotational as the sound speeds up if you go a little bit quicker, but I can't seem to figure out what is causing this. It's hard to say which side the clicking was coming, but it sounds like its coming from both sides.

There is also some vibration coming through the steering wheel when you brake moderately to hard from 100km to lower speeds. This may be unrelated to the ticking noise, but I figure might as well list symptoms.

I was thinking it could be the rear brake pads as they did not have much life left. So I replaced them and the sound was still there so I took a look at the dust shields and they seemed to be clearing the rotors. Wheels are clearing everything and are torqued to spec.

Anyone have any ideas? I was thinking it could be the rear axle cv joints but the boots are still intact.

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Old 06-25-2012, 07:13 AM
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:57 AM
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Braking shudder is most likely warped brake rotors. Clicking could be almost anything, sorry, can't help with that.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:34 AM
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Rear drive axle joints. Are the dust boots torn? Just a wild guess...

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