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. 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?
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.
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.
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
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