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The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 06-17-2016, 07:36 PM
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Rattle noise when going over bumps w/front left tire

Hey Guys,

I have a 2004 325i and it recently started making this rattling noise when I drive over small bumps or imperfections in the road (even at very low speeds) and the noise is coming from the front left (driver side) tire/wheel well. It is easily heard with the front driver window down.

It almost sounds like a loose exhaust/muffler or some suspension component. It doesn't make any sound over speed bumps strangely, only over small bumps/potholes. Another example is if I'm turning left off the street into my driveway, as soon as my front left wheel makes contact with the slightly raised driveway curb you can hear the rattle, any ideas?

I recently had my tires balanced and mentioned it to my mechanic but he said he didn't hear anything when he test drove it and didn't see anything wrong with a simple visual inspection when balancing my tires. I was frustrated when I picked up my car and drove away and could easily hear the rattle with the front driver side window rolled down. I don't like driving this way knowing something is wrong. Appreciate any input guys and thanks!

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Old 06-17-2016, 07:48 PM
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Sway bar end links based on your description.
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:04 PM
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Sway bar end links

Thanks for the comment, do you know how costly the parts/labour might be by chance?
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Thanks for the comment, do you know how costly the parts/labour might be by chance?
If you`re lucky, it`s just loose....nothing to buy. If you can turn a wrench clockwise, you can fix it yourself....
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Old 06-17-2016, 09:27 PM
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Thanks Fast Rob

I'm pretty DIY but not that much, my mechanic is an independent, he doesn't charge for minor things so he might tighten it up for me for free, and thanks again Rob, you've helped me out in the past and many others I'm sure, expect some good karma coming your way!
Thanks for both your comments guys, Cheers -Mike
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:40 PM
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I'm pretty DIY but not that much, my mechanic is an independent, he doesn't charge for minor things so he might tighten it up for me for free, and thanks again Rob, you've helped me out in the past and many others I'm sure, expect some good karma coming your way!
Thanks for both your comments guys, Cheers -Mike
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Old 06-17-2016, 11:08 PM
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I gave him my last bmw, it was a 1995 318i and it was still in good condition, but it was time for a newer bmw, that's probably why he's done stuff for me for free, plus, I've referred a lot of business to him, he's an honest guy, hard to find these days!
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That is awesome. I really was kidding.
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:22 PM
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So it's not the Sway bar end links

Hey Guys, I have since spoken to my mechanic and he said he checked the sway bar end links and so that's not what it is. Any other ideas as to what it could be? It's obviously a front suspension component dealing with the front left driver side tire/wheel well, there is no noise when any other tire goes over a bump.

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