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      05-23-2017, 01:33 AM   #1
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cracking noise while turing my wheel at slow speed

hey guys, recently, i was turning my wheel in the parking lot, and what sounded like i drove over a branch and i heard bit of cracking noise. it only seem to happen while turning right. mostly at slow speed. as i make a turn and go fast, it doesnt seem to make noise. however, when im in parking lot and making a turn at really slow speed it seems to make the noise sometimes. i will try to post video sometime but any idea on what it could be? i had spacers but i took it out and still same issue...mechanic checked the jv joints and all seem fine.

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      05-23-2017, 02:23 AM   #2
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I would guess suspension related...worn suspension bushing maybe. Less probable bad engine mount on one side, diff fluid needs replacing, power steering fluid level is low.
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      05-23-2017, 02:26 AM   #3
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Here is vidieo
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      05-23-2017, 02:35 AM   #4
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Is it coming from the rear or front?
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      05-23-2017, 02:36 AM   #5
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Is it coming from the rear or front?
Seems like front
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      05-28-2017, 01:48 AM   #6
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Is the car lowered? I would check the front sway bar end link. They can be out center on some after market suspension and the fail. Also lift the car and steer if noise goes away, check top hat bearing.
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      05-29-2017, 12:10 PM   #7
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hmmm i got a similar noise, nothing loose so have a low mileage steering rack to try next, interesting.
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      05-29-2017, 02:45 PM   #8
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hmmm i got a similar noise, nothing loose so have a low mileage steering rack to try next, interesting.

let me know how it goes, does urs happen only turning right? and mostly while parking?
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      05-29-2017, 08:07 PM   #9
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Is the car lowered? I would check the front sway bar end link. They can be out center on some after market suspension and the fail. Also lift the car and steer if noise goes away, check top hat bearing.
I have something very similiar going on with mine and I was thinking the swaybar endlink as well. My passenger side one is off center.
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      05-29-2017, 08:58 PM   #10
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Sway bar end links, upper control arm (front tension or strut rod), lower or rear control arm, or upper strut bearings get my vote. I have had an upper strut bearing fail and a rear control arm inner bushing fail. Not fail totally but make noise signalling they are on their way out.
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      06-17-2017, 07:55 PM   #11
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Did you find the clunking noise op? I replaced my endlinks to adjustable ones and its still making the noise.
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      06-23-2017, 03:47 PM   #12
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well i went to SSR performance and had the guy tighten up all the bits and pieces and it stopped making noise, so i assume it was somethign that was loose. its gone now!
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      06-23-2017, 08:37 PM   #13
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well i went to SSR performance and had the guy tighten up all the bits and pieces and it stopped making noise, so i assume it was somethign that was loose. its gone now!
Nice, sounded like an easy fix
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Tighten your metal undertray plate. If you had it off for whatever reason, they need to be tightened once or twice. After an drive. Chassis flex.

Bmw actually makes you replace these when you certain service. (Billed/included with certain parts)

16mm bolts.
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      09-03-2017, 12:59 PM   #15
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Anyone else had their clicking come back? Mine did and probably have to loctite the bolts.
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Mine did the exact same thing. I searched forever. Then finally I just told myself to just tighten the two rack bolts just because. So I torqued them down and the noise completely went away. Somehow my two bolts that hold the racks came slightly loose by time. Hope this helps!
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      11-08-2017, 04:24 PM   #17
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Tighten your metal undertray plate. If you had it off for whatever reason, they need to be tightened once or twice. After an drive. Chassis flex.

Bmw actually makes you replace these when you certain service. (Billed/included with certain parts)

16mm bolts.
That's a new one. If it's true, that's a shady dealer.
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I have the noise. My rack bolts and aluminum tray bolts are to spec. My front arms are new as are the endlinks. I think it may be rack preload to the column -- maybe I did not install the shaft high or low enough after the rod bearings a few years ago. Not much noise but I have not gotten rid of it yet and when I do hear it, I wonder what causes it.
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      11-27-2017, 03:48 AM   #19
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Bumping. I have the same creaking underneath that I can hear during low speeds turns and even idling. Hoping the plate bolts came loose after an autox and nothing more serious. Getting it looked at this Friday.

Any other ideas of what it could be?
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      11-27-2017, 12:08 PM   #20
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The only thing I can think of - and I have this problem, is that maybe when I reconnected the steering shaft to the rack after doing the rod bearings, I tightened it at too short or long since there is a range in which the coupler can be tightened on one end (the coupler Holt fits a groove on the shaft or rack stub at the other end).
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      11-27-2017, 07:33 PM   #21
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Not sure if this is your issue, but I've experienced low speed clicking (when turning) with certain aftermarket wheels. If I retorqued the wheel bolts/lug nuts to 88 ft/lbs the noise would go away, but always return after a few months. The funny thing is that this never happened with the OE wheels.
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      11-27-2017, 10:24 PM   #22
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I'm on OE wheels. Just had bearings replaced so maybe the undertray plate bolts may be loose or the steering shaft mentioned may be set in the wrong place.
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