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Old 07-05-2016, 01:45 PM
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Rattle from driver side rear wheel

Whenever I'm going over broken pavement, I hear this annoying rattling SOUND coming from the driver side wheel area, that I can't trace when the car is stationary. Anyone have a similar experience or suggestions on what may be causing this? 2001 3.0i MT.

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Old 07-05-2016, 01:54 PM
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did you check your sway bar links and bushes?
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Old 07-05-2016, 02:03 PM
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did you check your sway bar links and bushes?
Yeah those look fine. Found another related thread which says RSM or parking brake cable. I'll check those next.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=27873

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Old 07-05-2016, 03:16 PM
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Not sure what type of wheels you have, but sometimes the center caps can rattle when going over bumps.
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Old 07-05-2016, 03:30 PM
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Def. not the wheels since I swapped the wheels out for new wheels, same noise. Good suggestion though. Brake pad shims and parking brake are leading candidates right now. Parking brake should be easy enough to check as if you pull on it gently while going over the bumps (at a safe speed) noise should go away.

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Upper rear shock mounts are the most common culprit.
I've also heard of at least one case caused by rubber spring pads.
The absolute worse case would be the differential mount at the trunk floor.
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