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Old 12-02-2016, 04:40 PM
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07 525xi drivetrain noise advice

Hi All,

Have 101k trouble free miles on my auto 07 525xi and have kept up with maintenance recommended here on the forum.

Last 500 miles a noise started from bottom of engine. Originally thought it was wheel bearing but noise is only there when engine under load/accelerating, it disappears when coasting or I place it in neutral on highway. Its a growl/rumble from low end of engine, increases as you accelerate.

Took into indy, no codes, no issues with drvesafts, or bearings so they recommended a transmission fluid changed and new pan, car is shifting a little smoother but same noise is still there and they are stumped. Getting concerned as have 1200 mile trip coming up.

Been reading forum - could it be the x drive or transfer case? Anyone had similar issue or advice on next move to diagnose or try to correct?

thanks in advance John

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Finally got to the bottom of this through process of elimination, fluid service for diff fixed it


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