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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 02-04-2013, 04:59 AM
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Transmission noise

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This is quite a technical problem so I will throw it out there on the forum to see if any of you BMW geniuses can help me solve the issue.

I have a BMW E61 Touring 2004 Auto 2.5 litre petrol. when the car is in drive and you release your foot from the brake the car starts to move and about half a second later I feel a clunk from somewhere.

The clunk is not really audible but you can feel it in the transmission. The easiest way to describe it is as follows: it is almost like a brake pad has stuck and when you pull away the pad jolts free and produces a clunk?

I dont think that the brake pads are to blame for this problem. I have not identified where the noise is comming from yet, it may be either the transmission area by the gear stick or from the drive shaft / diff area at the rear of the car.

has anyone experienced anything like this before who can shed some light on the issue? any help much appreciated.
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:25 AM
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You [or your mechanic] will need to get under the car and check for 'play' in the drive shaft. Flex disc may be the culprit. Only way to confirm is by physically checking...
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:26 AM
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Thanks for your promt response

Please excuse my ignorance - I am not a mechanic. If I get under the car and locate the drive shaft, shall I just physically try and turn it by hand? should there be any play at all?

what is the flex disc and what does it do?
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:23 AM
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When you grab the drive shaft and try to twist, it shouldn't move. Any movement requires further investigation.
Flex disk is mounted between the drive shaft and transmission.

Look at the picture below. #2 is the flex disc. #8 is the center support bearing. Both of them can contribute to play in the drive shaft.

You should also investigate transmission mount as well.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:22 AM
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If you google E60 guibo you should find a lot of information on what pcy mentioned above.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:04 AM
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Thanks for your pointers guys. I have been reading about the Giubo on google - it seems that I have to drop the rear of the exhaust from the cats, remove the centre bearing housing and remove the front half of the drive shaft to get the giubo out from the car. Before I do all of this work I will check for play in the drive shaft at the weekend.

Just curious though - what is causing the clunk when I pull away - Is it that the bolt holes may have elongated in the giubo or something?
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:42 AM
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Yes, the rubber material deteriorates and/or cracks and allows too much flex.
When you look at the drive line (from trans to differential), guibo and center support bearing are the weak links.
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