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Old 01-08-2014, 07:20 PM
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Sway Bar Bushings - Cold Weather

Experiencing -30 to -40 weather here currently and it's brought out a squeak coming from the rear driver side tire over any little or big bump. After reading other threads the consensus is new sway bar bushings are needed however I don't live near a dealership. Are bushings common that any mechanic would have or am I going to need to order them through a dealership. 2008 328xi 130K.

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Old 01-08-2014, 08:40 PM
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Experiencing -30 to -40 weather here currently and it's brought out a squeak coming from the rear driver side tire over any little or big bump. After reading other threads the consensus is new sway bar bushings are needed however I don't live near a dealership. Are bushings common that any mechanic would have or am I going to need to order them through a dealership. 2008 328xi 130K.

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I'm quite sure that your bushings are getting a little "hard" at those temps. What do you expect! Are you in Antartica?
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:19 PM
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That poor BMW, starting it up in -40 and driving it.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:06 AM
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Experiencing -30 to -40 weather here currently and it's brought out a squeak coming from the rear driver side tire over any little or big bump. After reading other threads the consensus is new sway bar bushings are needed however I don't live near a dealership. Are bushings common that any mechanic would have or am I going to need to order them through a dealership. 2008 328xi 130K.

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Though a joyous occasion, starting your BMW in such a clime has its challenges. One such is solid, solid elastomers. Try a low temp penetrating lube, something not common here, but perhaps available in the Great White. Caution: Water soluble lube may not be the best solution.

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Old 01-09-2014, 07:20 AM
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At that temp you are better off ignoring creaks, crunching noises, TPM sensors and slow starts. As long as it starts you are good and all will be better when it warms up. Of course if you get low pressure warning check the psi in your tires. It will probably be normal.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:46 AM
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It's warmed up to around -10 and previously at that temp it's never done this.


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Old 01-09-2014, 07:57 AM
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Here in Chicago temps reached -45 windchill. Kept Bimmer in garage with a winter coat and ear muffs! It'll be better when it's 30 out!


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Old 01-09-2014, 08:39 AM
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I consistently get squeaks if I drive in heavy rain. After a day or so it seems the bushings (or something in the front suspension) are dried up again and the squeak is gone. I'll just assume they are still fine then since some observe this behavior while the car is brand new.

In short, if something causes a squeak at certain times, but then goes away, I wouldn't worry too much about it. In your case, driving the car in -40 F temperatures probably is near the design limits of just about any car. If this improves as temperatures rise, I wouldn't blatantly replace the bushings.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:31 AM
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i think i've been getting this recently in the rear suspension. at first i thought it was some shimmy at the tailgate producing squeaking in the tailgate seal but have since confirmed it's suspension.

i'm gonna live with it for a while more as winter sure as hell isn't letting up anytime soon! (minus freakin 23*C indicated on the cluster on the way to work this morning!!! WTF is that about?!)

perhaps when it warms though, get some bearing grease into the bushing? free.99 solution?

is there another possible source of the squeaking? i'm not familiar with the car yet so no educated guessing possible on my part

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Old 03-06-2014, 07:07 AM
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I soaked mine in transmission oil for an hour or so.. Solved the problem for a couple weeks. It's so dry and salty here that unfortunate it's back.. If u just keep greasing it it will go away.. Or live with it until spring, all the water on the road with flush out any salt/sand buildup.


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Old 03-06-2014, 07:35 AM
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well, there's no freakin way i'm dealing with this crap on my back in my driveway right now!!! will live with it for the next little while till it warms up. gotta do the rear brakes and some other tuneup work in the spring anyways...

global warming shmobal morming eh?! tell that to the snow on the roof of the house!!!
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