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Old 02-24-2017, 01:45 AM
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Clunking at low speeds

I have a weird clunking noise coming from the right hand (R/H drive) wheel well. Imagine that you have a tire with a little bump in it and when you drive, the vehicle sorta bounces and clunks and vibrates at low speed (0-35km/h) and the clunking disappears at higher speeds. Now I've checked my tires and even swapped them from left to right and the clunking is still there. Would this be an indication of worn bearings? Anyone else experience anything similar?
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Old 02-24-2017, 04:16 AM
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Front or rear?

Check for broken coil spring(s) -- a common problem for others.

Also U-joints, engine and transaxle mounts, and broken shocks/struts.

Could be other things too, including bearings.
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Old 02-24-2017, 08:37 AM
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From the symptoms, it is most likely the Center Support Bearing on the Rear Driveshaft.
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Old 02-24-2017, 09:31 AM
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Sorry, forgot to mention that's it's the front right hand wheel. It honestly sounds/feels like there's a bulge in the tire. Clunk everytime the wheel makes a revolution.
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Old 02-24-2017, 02:02 PM
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Sounds more like a CV joint then. Or something loose inside the tire like the tire pressure sensor broke off?
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Old 02-24-2017, 03:50 PM
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Just replaced the drive shaft because of very subtle vibrations and a low "rumble" while slowing/decelerating. The rear U-joint was shot and the only way to pin-point the location of the problem was to use a mechanic's stethoscope. I took it to a mechanic to diagnose and fix the problem. 130 K miles and apparently right on schedule per other X3's.
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:03 AM
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I would look for torn cv boot....


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Old 02-26-2017, 06:07 AM
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I would look for torn cv boot....
I, too, see a "half shaft" in his future.

I've never tried -- can the X3 be put up on a lift, turned off and in neutral, and each wheel spun by hand to try to isolate a noise like this? Or does the trans/transfer case prevent it?
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Old 02-26-2017, 07:26 AM
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I, too, see a "half shaft" in his future.

I've never tried -- can the X3 be put up on a lift, turned off and in neutral, and each wheel spun by hand to try to isolate a noise like this? Or does the trans/transfer case prevent it?
That is one of the things the mechanic did in tracking down my worn out u joint/drive shaft.

In fact, he started the engine, put it in manual shift mode and ran the rpm's up to put a load on the drive train. It was interesting to see all four wheels turning .
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Old 02-26-2017, 04:53 PM
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switch the tire from the front to the back; see if the noise moves with it.
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Old 02-26-2017, 04:56 PM
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switch the tire from the front to the back; see if the noise moves with it.
Excellent idea. Gold star for the day!

Just remember to put them back in the same places.
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Old 03-01-2017, 12:41 PM
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I had a clunk on my 2016 with 16,000 miles that sounded like it was coming from the left front especially when making slow S turns in a parking lot. Turns out they replaced the transfer case on warrantee.
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Old 03-01-2017, 12:42 PM
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2016 vTransfer Case

I had a clunk on my 2016 with 16,000 miles that sounded like it was coming from the left front especially when making slow S turns in a parking lot. Turns out they replaced the transfer case on warrantee.
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Old 03-01-2017, 01:27 PM
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So I randomly decided to have a look at my tires again. BOTH front tires had failed and had very small bulges. You couldn't see or feel them. I rolled the tires on a flat surface and both tires wobbled when they hit the bulges. Had them both replaced and now the clunking is gone. Phew. No need to replace u-joints or transfer cases.

Thanks all for the suggestions. Much appreciated
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