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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 05-09-2014, 09:45 AM
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Weird sound from left rear wheel.

Hello everyone, I have a 1994 bmw 325is. My car started to do this weird tapping sound from my drivers side rear wheel. At first I thought it was something stuck to the tire because it would do it while spinning. It does it while its in gear and off gear. As I go a little faster it sort of goes away. But as I start to slow down it appears again. I already took of the wheel and swapped it with the front one to see if the sound moved to the front narrowing it to the wheel being bad or bent. But the sound remained in the rear after swapping wheels. I looked at the brakes and everything is in good shape. I changed my rotors and pads a couple months back and everything is in good shape. I was thinking maybe the axle may have gone bad?

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Old 05-09-2014, 02:55 PM
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:03 PM
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You don't have a rock or nail in the tread, do you? How about the lug bolts...are they OEM length? If you jack it up and remove the wheel, can you duplicate the sound by rotating the hub by hand?
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:16 PM
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Weird sound from left rear wheel.

Yes I made sure there was no nail or anything stuck to the tire. Lugs are oem. I jacked up the car, put it on jack stands and put it in gear to see I the sound was present and no sound. Only when driving. It just started doing this out of no where.


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Old 05-09-2014, 06:34 PM
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Best I can tell it's one click per revolution of the wheel, so it's going to be either the output flange bearing (unlikely) the hub bearing (also unlikely...never heard one doing a single click...it's always a roar or buzz), or something to do with the CV axle, like one of the CV joints going bad, and that IS what it sounds like.
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:48 PM
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Yes my parking brake is working great. I figured it would be the axle because I did the right side rear wheel bearing about a year ago and the sound was completely different. It was a roar and this is a clicking/tapping sound. I guess it's time to start cutting the heads off the torx bolts lol. The previous owner stripped the about 3 of the torx bolts. I saw them when I took the wheel off.


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So it was the left axle after all. I bought it replaced it and no more sound. The hardest part was cutting off the 2 stripped torx bolts. But now it's back in the road.


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Nice!! Glad you got it figured out and thanks for reporting back
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Nice!! Glad you got it figured out and thanks for reporting back
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