Dear BMW experts,
I'm getting an unusual, almost creaky noise from around the driver's
door on my 2003 530. It's as though the door is not tightly anchored to
the frame of the car. The noise occurs when the frame flexes such as
when I go over a bump or when I come to a complete stop. It's more
pronounced when somebody is sitting in the back seat behind the driver.
I've held my hand against the front door panel and the window and the
noise still happens. Raising and lowering the windows doesn't seem to
help either. It's not very loud, but it's annoying.
You're sure its not coming from the seat back or base? Very common. If
there's door noise, it can be the weather seals. Try treating them with a
quality rubber product (I use Griots) and see if that stops the noise.
R / John
Thanks for the great advice. I couldn't find a product named Griots so
I used lots of silicone spray. The noise was much less after I used it
and the noise was completely gone the next day. It probably took
overnight for it to soak in.
It's great to have access to folks who know more than you.
BMW has revised seals for the doors - actually - they've been through
three generations of them. The latest are totally silent and don't tear
as some earlier ones did. The seals have a flock (fuzzy) coating that
allows the rubber to move on the metal without the groaning noises.
Silicone lubricants will help - but require repeated application.
Just looking at the seals, I think the rubber seals on the door match
up with rubber seals on the car body. That is, unless I'm mistaken,
there doesn't seem to be a place where rubber mates up with metal.
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