E36- Moaning/ Groaning Noise From Right Passenger Side Wheel Well

E36 ('96 328i) emits moaning/ groaning noise from the front passenger wheel frequently when I go in reverse and turn the wheel. Not only does it make a noise but I can feel it in the steering wheel a bit.
I've ignored it for the past year, as I thought it might be the brake pads sticking to the rotor. Am I naive? Probably, I have simply been trying to avoid work that I cannot perform myself, or have the tools to perform myself. (I am generally a DYI, sucessfully done water pump, thermostat, radiator, emmissions work and regular maintenance) Unfortnately this moaning/ groaning is occurring with more frequency. Any suggestions? Where to look first? What to look for?
Thanks.
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My guess is that you have issues with the lower control arm bushings. This is a job that a DIY-kind-of-guy can fix at home.

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Where is the PAS fluid level in the reservoir?

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Thanks. On a scale of 1 to 10, where would you place the difficulty of replacing lower control arm bushings, as well struts. I have replaced struts in the past on my VW's, usually it was a nightmare because the bolts basically fused to the mounting. The E36 I have now is 12 years old (100k)...honest thoughts on dealing and performing suspension work, especially in light of BMW's relatively precise steering and suspension systems?
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Bushes aren't difficult per se, just can be a bit of a pain as you need to press them in/out unless you get a complete wishbone with bushes already attached. You can consider replacing the bushes with those powerflex ones and/or some offset M3 items.
Struts, to me at least, are easy too - three nuts up top, the hub holder nut/bolt and the antiroll bar link if fitted is about it. Much like brakes, the suspension system on BMWs isn't all that much different to a lot of other cars. The usual problem is that the manual says "this requires a special tool - take it to BMW"
Incidentally, it's often normal to get a noise and steering shimmy on very full lock. Some handbooks even tell you so.
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It depends on how corroded things are, but in general I would say it is harder to do than a Bug, but easier than a Golf or Rabbit. Get a cheap electric impact wrench AND a breaker bar.
The precision of the system makes it easier, actually. Everything just goes together and fits right in. The hard part is getting it apart, really. --scott
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