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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 06-26-2013, 06:12 PM
1_broken_e39 1_broken_e39 is offline
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Question 528i shifting "clunk" ?

Hi new to the posting part of the forum.

So here's the run down of my issue.

I have a '99 528i automatic
When shifting from drive to park it clunks. The sound comes from the rear end though
Also does it when going from drive to neutral
Also clunks when on an incline & I go from park to reverse, but not nearly as loud or rough, but figured it needed to be said.

Trans doesn't slip, put my foot into it & downshifts great!

But the clunking noises are coming from underneath the car towards the rear end.

Not sure but wondering if it could be u-joints or maybe differential bushings? Maybe both?

Any help is very much appreciated!

I'll be willing to post a video once I get the car back (getting the suspension fixed at the moment, hence my username)

Car has 119,7xx on it if it matters..
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:50 PM
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I'd start by checking the fluid in the diff. Probably needs changed right off the bat if it's never been done. Diff lube is always neglected. Then check U-joints.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:55 PM
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Have the Guibo examined.
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:02 PM
1_broken_e39 1_broken_e39 is offline
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Cool Guibo ?

I'm embarrassed to admit I've never heard of the Guibo .

I'm also trying to find the u-joints under my car.

They're in the rear, on the edges of the driveshaft right?

If they're loose they're bad, but if they're still tight they're not the problem right ?
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:03 PM
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The Guibo is a large rubber donut at the rear of the trans. It acts like a U-joint. They sometimes crack, which can cause excessive motion of the driveshaft.

There is a CV joint at the rear of the driveshaft. There is also a center support bearing, which could also be defective.

The driveshaft may not be visible due to the exhaust system.

Get down to the shop, and have them check the components while they have the car there.
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Old 06-28-2013, 05:17 AM
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I'm embarrassed to admit I've never heard of the Guibo . ?
IT looks like this, and it is attached inbetween the front of the driveshaft, and the back of the transmission yoke.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...MW_E30_new.jpg

Note: SPELLING is G-I-U-B-O ....NOT G-U-I-B-O

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giubo
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