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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-25-2007, 04:51 PM
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knocking noise when turning steering wheel to the left ..tierod?

am i correct ?....everytime i turn the steering wheel to the left quickly i can create the knocking sound ...im guessing the tierods?? .what do you guys think ?
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Old 10-26-2007, 02:54 AM
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am i correct ?....everytime i turn the steering wheel to the left quickly i can create the knocking sound ...im guessing the tierods?? .what do you guys think ?
I have the same exact problem although i dont know much info to answer this question. I too am curious to see what you guys think of this.
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Old 10-26-2007, 03:34 AM
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since we dont have access to "chassis ears" to pinpoint the location,anybody know where we could find dwarves or leprechauns to hang on the front suspension?

on a serious note,you mentioned tie rod end so Im assuming you have a power steering rack and not a steering box (540) that has a centerlink that causes a lot of different noises especially after a long drive.
you described turning the wheel to the left,but is it while the vehicle is stationary? or does it occur when the wheels are rolling as if you were making a left hand turn?
when the wheel is cranked to the left while standing still,the clunk you would hear is the end stop therefore I would say it is NORMAL.If you were to stand outside and have somebody turn it to the right you would find that it makes a clunk also when it reaches the end stop.It just seems more pronounced on left turns because noise travels up the steering column when it hits the left side end stop.I have always felt that everytime I pull into my work stall and when I am backing out of it so I basically got used to it.
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Old 11-08-2007, 12:42 PM
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since we dont have access to "chassis ears" to pinpoint the location,anybody know where we could find dwarves or leprechauns to hang on the front suspension?

on a serious note,you mentioned tie rod end so Im assuming you have a power steering rack and not a steering box (540) that has a centerlink that causes a lot of different noises especially after a long drive.
you described turning the wheel to the left,but is it while the vehicle is stationary? or does it occur when the wheels are rolling as if you were making a left hand turn?
when the wheel is cranked to the left while standing still,the clunk you would hear is the end stop therefore I would say it is NORMAL.If you were to stand outside and have somebody turn it to the right you would find that it makes a clunk also when it reaches the end stop.It just seems more pronounced on left turns because noise travels up the steering column when it hits the left side end stop.I have always felt that everytime I pull into my work stall and when I am backing out of it so I basically got used to it.

Ok ..so i shouldnt worry about it ?
its only when im sitting still with the car in park ..if i turn the wheel fast to the left ..a slight clunk sound ...everything seems tight ( could be tighter tho ) ..

my car has 98k miles ....i was thinking of changing out the outer tie rods
is it worth it ..or u think im wasting my money my friends are telling me to leave it
but i want that new tight steering again !

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Old 11-29-2007, 04:38 PM
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I have a 540i making the same noise. Thrust arm bushing and centerlink are new. Is this really a normal noise or should I pay my indy $90 to look at it?
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:26 PM
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Ok ..so i shouldnt worry about it ?
its only when im sitting still with the car in park ..if i turn the wheel fast to the left ..a slight clunk sound ...everything seems tight ( could be tighter tho ) ..

my car has 98k miles ....i was thinking of changing out the outer tie rods
is it worth it ..or u think im wasting my money my friends are telling me to leave it
but i want that new tight steering again !

thanks bmwtech
If it only happens when the car is stationary, I heard its normal. My car does it so does my buddy's M5 which was fairly new at that time when we tested it. Don't just take my word for it though. If it bothers you, you should have it checked.
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sorry to invade on the thread... but.. I get a knocking/clunking sound too.. when i back up out of my drive way at an angle in the morning....or when goin down the spiral like exit @ work in my parking garage. any ideas what this is ?
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I just had my car fixed for exactly what you are describing (x13alle). It was the tie rods and (allegedly) the wheel bearings.

check the wear on your tires.
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I just had my car fixed for exactly what you are describing (x13alle). It was the tie rods and (allegedly) the wheel bearings.

check the wear on your tires.
eeek...! it was just my power steering fluid level..ima noob!! but beats doing repairs....
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Low ATF fluid can cause unwated noises.

Also if you get that weird sound at start up it might be due to low ATF.
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:48 PM
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its a tie rod, just got mine changed.. now no noise.
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If it only happens when the car is stationary, I heard its normal. My car does it so does my buddy's M5 which was fairly new at that time when we tested it. Don't just take my word for it though. If it bothers you, you should have it checked.
I get the same exact "clunk" when i turn the wheel to the left, DONT hear it when i turn to the right though!
So is it NORMAL or is it the TIE RODS?
Im betting its the latter
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Well, i had my "leak" and "knock" issues confirmed by Bill and the gang @ BIMMERCLINIC.
Long story short, the clicking sound as it turns out is inside the Steering Rack ($$$$ ouch ) and the leak is coming from the Oil Filter Housing ($$) and the Oil Pan Gasket needs replacing too ($$)

Cost? well, dont even get me started on the rack! Let me put it to you all this way----the $tealer wanted $2200.00 I said "Hell Nah" and ran out
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Hi Everyone, I am a first time thread poster on bimmerfest.com and I was wondering if someone could help me pin point my similar problem.

I too, hear that knocking noise whenever I turn my steering wheel to the left or right when I am in a stationary postion or driving very slow, or hitting a small bump. I took my car to a non-certified BMW tech and he felt the problem was with the tie rods. So I replaced with the inner tie rods with new ones (purchased from BMW) and the sterring wheel is still making the noise. I am not sure that I want to spend anymore money trying to fix this noise problem. What happens if I were to leave it the way it is and just deal with the noise? Is this something that NEEDS to get fixed?

This is my second 5 series. I first had the 2005 525i which was not great on the steering.. this 2007 is a lot better and I consider it my baby.. can someone please advise on what I should do.

Thank you in advance!!!!!!
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