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2002 325i Knocking noise front suspension

Hey, I have a 2002 BMW 325i with knocking noise coming from front right steer tire when moving at walking speed over slightly rough terrain (slightly-as in small pebble size rock driveway.) Any little bump in the terrain will cause the knocking noise to be heard and felt through the floor board. I took it in to the shop and they replaced both front struts but problems still exists. Mechanic says problem cannot be duplicated because all seems tight and functional. Please help if you know of possible solution. Thanks

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  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2009

    Same problem on my BMW 325.  Plan on replacing the end links first as it is fairly straight forward DIY and cost is only about $70.  That would be sweet if this solves the annoying knocking (similar to pinball machine knocking) over slight bumps.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    noise could be from right front strut?

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It could be the control arm bushings. One on each side. They wear out after a few years.

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This noise is likely caused by swaybar end-link joints. Newer cars use solid rods with ball and socket joints, to connect the ends of the swaybar to the frame. These ball and socket joints at the end of these rods, create an amazingly noticeable and annoying noise in the car when you go over the slightest bump. There is no way to test these things unless you disconnect one end and check to see how tight the ball is in the socket just by wigging the with your hands. If they move around at all without pressure, they are no good. Go to ebay and search "bmw endlinks " for a picture.


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