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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 04-19-2007, 06:00 AM
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550 Noise While Steering

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I have an '06 550, and while driving, I realized that when I make a suddent right turn at low speed (trying to turn into parking space etc.) I hear a high pitch squeak sound. Did a brief search, and didn't see this being discussed. Does anyone else have the same problem? Think I also had this problem with my '00 323i (but it was left turn on the 323)
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Old 04-19-2007, 09:52 AM
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Hi everyone,
I have an '06 550, and while driving, I realized that when I make a suddent right turn at low speed (trying to turn into parking space etc.) I hear a high pitch squeak sound. Did a brief search, and didn't see this being discussed. Does anyone else have the same problem? Think I also had this problem with my '00 323i (but it was left turn on the 323)
i have a sudden "clunk" sound when i am making sudden right turns into parking spaces also on my 04 545i they told me one time in for service. "could not be reproduced and maybe was low power steering fluid and topped if off". it still does it very frequently at low speed sudden turns.
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Old 04-19-2007, 04:38 PM
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Hi everyone,
I have an '06 550, and while driving, I realized that when I make a suddent right turn at low speed (trying to turn into parking space etc.) I hear a high pitch squeak sound. Did a brief search, and didn't see this being discussed. Does anyone else have the same problem? Think I also had this problem with my '00 323i (but it was left turn on the 323)
Wow, I thought it was just me, I have the same problem, but not all the time, right? It's more like a medium-pitched squeak as the steering wheel is being turned. It is not reproducable and that's why I haven't brought it in to have it looked at. Can you "make" yours squeak or is it just once in a while? Mine's a 2007 550i Sport with 8K miles.
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Old 04-19-2007, 07:35 PM
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i cant really reproduce it, it just kind of happens... seems like it happens more often when the car hasn't been driven in a while though, or maybe i'm just carzy? any idea what it might be anyone?
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Old 12-19-2007, 04:49 PM
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I did a search and only found this thread. Appreciate it if anyone can help.

It has happened a few times, not on demand, that when I left turn into a parking space, before applying the brake, there is a screeching noise like scratching on rubber?

What is the problem?
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Old 12-19-2007, 04:58 PM
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My electronic tilt on my 6 series goes thump, thump, thump when it moves up or down.

Works just annoying.
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Old 12-19-2007, 06:43 PM
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i have a sudden "clunk" sound when i am making sudden right turns into parking spaces also on my 04 545i they told me one time in for service. "could not be reproduced and maybe was low power steering fluid and topped if off". it still does it very frequently at low speed sudden turns.
I have an 04 545 sport and have the exact same issue. I assumed it had something to do with either the active steering or suspension or something. It also sort of makes my steering wheel feel funny/bumpy/jerky when it happens. It is only in parking lots at low speed and does not happen every time.
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Old 12-19-2007, 07:15 PM
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I just started to notice the same thing on my '07 550....only has happened a few times like when I'm turning to pull into a parking space. I can't tell if it's the brakes or something else.
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:03 AM
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I picked up my 08 550i on Monday. I have had the same thing happen a couple times when turning right at very low speeds. I haven't been able to reproduce so I will just keep listening for it and if it continues maybe contact my CA.
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:59 AM
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I also have had that happen at times when making low speed turns. It does not happen consistently so I will just keep listening for it to see if it becomes an issue.
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Old 12-20-2007, 01:39 PM
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I picked up my 08 550i on Monday. I have had the same thing happen a couple times when turning right at very low speeds. I haven't been able to reproduce so I will just keep listening for it and if it continues maybe contact my CA.
Wow. Looks like you may be able to "reproduce" it with a car so new. I am really curious what's the cause.
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:58 PM
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Wow. Looks like you may be able to "reproduce" it with a car so new. I am really curious what's the cause.
My guess all the strange noises are caused by Active Steering.

Anyone with A/S have the noise?
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:44 PM
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My guess all the strange noises are caused by Active Steering.

Anyone with A/S have the noise?
I don't have A/S and still have the same noise on occasion.
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:31 AM
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My guess all the strange noises are caused by Active Steering.

Anyone with A/S have the noise?
No active steering.
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:51 AM
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I don't have A/S and still have the same noise on occasion.
It could be the cross members neds to be tightened again. Had this done when i first got my car.
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:59 AM
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LMAO i thought I was hearing things. BMW has a problem here. I get it mainly when turning sharp left into a parking spot. I do have A/S.
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Old 12-27-2007, 06:55 PM
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Mine is turning sharp right. No active steering. Occurs only when outside temp is 65F or lower. If anyone gets BMW to diagnose, please post.
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:20 PM
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Noise while turning at low speed

Yes - I have this problem too....'07 550i, it makes a low-pitched whine when turning sharply at low speeds, like when turning into a parking space. Doesn't do it always, just occasionally. I have asked the Dealer about it but it did not duplicate for them and I haven't remembered to fill out the form they gave me to help them diagnose next time. If anyone finds the cause I would be interested to know what to tell them. Thanks
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:30 AM
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I have a 08 550i and have the same problem turning right into a parking slot at a slow speed. I took it to the dealer, tried several times to show them the problem, finally got a small low pitch squeel, they said they would check the steering fluid, said it was all fine and that was it. I still have the problem.

I noticed the same issue on my brother 04 545i.

How do we fix this?
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:59 AM
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My 7er (2006) makes a low humming noise when I drive on or off a sharp ramp at low speed. Not sure if it's the same thing you guys ary talking about. It hasn't bothered me enough to have it looked it.
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:56 PM
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I have an 04 545 sport and have the exact same issue. I assumed it had something to do with either the active steering or suspension or something. It also sort of makes my steering wheel feel funny/bumpy/jerky when it happens. It is only in parking lots at low speed and does not happen every time.
I have the same issue w/ the o4 545 w/ active steering. I brought the car in and talked to my SA. I took him for a drive to reproduce it because BMW techs have a hard time ever duplicating the noises the owner speaks of. He did acknowledge the thunk when you load the suspension up on turn in. From what I have gathered from the Tech is that is the A/S engaging/disengaging changing the ratios. I did have my A/S completely replaced because of a complete failure(techs words and not because of the thunk) and the thunk was still there.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:50 PM
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I knew it!

This happens to me too - always a right hand turn down my sloped driveway, no active steering. Doesn't always happen but has been repeated in my driveway.

Along with an elusive rattle at the dash/window intersection, I'm wondering why the nagging oddities in a $70K car!?
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:02 AM
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Happens to me as well on '08 550i. In my car, it's not a high-pitched squeal, but rather a low-pitched grinding/rubbing noise when going very slow. Can't figure out whether its coming from steering wheel (during the turn) or from gas pedal (as I start to push it down to drive).

Occurs rarely and randomly, so not worth the effort trying to get it fixed.
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Hi everyone,
I have an '06 550, and while driving, I realized that when I make a suddent right turn at low speed (trying to turn into parking space etc.) I hear a high pitch squeak sound. Did a brief search, and didn't see this being discussed. Does anyone else have the same problem? Think I also had this problem with my '00 323i (but it was left turn on the 323)
Has anyone ever found a cause and/or solution to this problem? When turning left or right at slow speeds into a parking space, I occasionally hear a medium-pitched squeak - kind of sounds like a "wooooow" sound. It is not reproduceable and happens only once a week or so. Anyone else have this problem, and if so, any ideas?
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Wow, I thought it was just me, I have the same problem, but not all the time, right? It's more like a medium-pitched squeak as the steering wheel is being turned. It is not reproducable and that's why I haven't brought it in to have it looked at. Can you "make" yours squeak or is it just once in a while? Mine's a 2007 550i Sport with 8K miles.
I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. MINE IS A 545i, 2005. THE SAME NOISE HAS BEEN OCCURING FOR THE LAST FOUR MONTHS. I HAVE TOLD MY SERVICE REP OF THE PROBLEM, BUT, THEY CANNOT REPRODUCE THE SOUND. MANY FRIENDS AND MY WIFE HAVE HEARD THE SOUND. IT ONLY OCCURS WHILE TURNING INTO A PRAKING STALL OR THE TURNING INTO THE GARAGE. IT SOUNDS LIKE METAL GRINDING ON METAL.
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