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Old 11-12-2014, 02:55 PM
ralphhogaboom ralphhogaboom is offline
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735il rear clunking sound at lower speeds

Aloha everybody, I have another question. The help I've received so far has been pretty damn amazing, not only from direct answers to questions but just in browsing the forums and seeing other people fixing the same kinds of things on their BMWs. You're all very much appreciated.

Today I'm asking for help diagnosing and fixing a clunking sound in the rear of my car. It doesn't seem to happen at highway speeds, though I usually am a town driver anyway.

What I've noticed is that going anywhere from 0-45 MPH, I'll occasionally hear a clunk from the back. Sometimes it sounds drivers side, sometimes passenger side. Usually passenger side though. Either way, it's always in the rear. I tend to hear the sound when I go over a minor bump or dip in the road, although I've heard it when the road seems smooth, too.

I've seen other posts where people are talking about torn rubber boots, or a bad rear shock. Those posts all assume a passing familiarity with working on cars. I don't have that familiarity, so I'm looking for an idiot's guide to figuring it out.

That said, I'm no idiot - just inexperienced. What I do have is an eagerness to dig in and explore doing my own car work. Can anyone give me a hand with what to look for under my car to maybe see what's making the clunk?

Ralph
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Old 11-13-2014, 07:10 PM
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rear suspension needs to be serviced..

most likely the dog bones..
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