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Creaking Noise & Mix Tires


i have two main problems in my X3 2004 car where the dealer in KSA is unable to troubleshoot or pinpoint how, where and all those questions!

the first problem is the creaking noise which comes from all the doors (or windows) when ever i drive over a non smooth road (which in KSA-Jeddah happens to be most of the roads). the dealer is saying this is an X3 problem and there is no solution, but its so annoying and no one can understand this is a BMW. whenever i lower the noise mostly disappears. so anyone passed through this problem and is there any solution?

the second problem which caused the dealer to get me a new gear box thinking the problem resides there but it wasn't from the gearbox. the problem is, whenever I'm accelerating (RPM goes above 4) some hard shifting will occur repeatedly (shifting is not the right word i guess, it feels like if 2 cylinders are moving together and there is a teeth in one of the cylinders broken, so there will be a shift whenever the first cylinder reaches that broken teeth). The only thing i was able to pinpoint is that my tires are mix (18in 255 rear & 18in 235 front) whenever i replace the tires with one size all (18in 235 rear & front) the problem will go away; some technicians said it might be the transfer box. if I'm driving in traffic and slow pace, alot of bubbing sound will come from the rear. again anyone passed through any similar problem.

last problem, my windows used to go down and up by pressing the key once, after i took it for maintenance check, i lost this feature, and the dealer guys are saying i don't have that feature :) any clue how can i get this feature back.

thanks for your help

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  • msalam Aug 23, 2008

    i wana ask if there is any setting that should be made when switching
    from same size tires to mix tires? is there any thing related to
    programability...why when i put same size tires i dont get any problem
    and when i put mix tires i start getting problems (although the plaque
    on my door says that i can put mix tires)

    any help is realy appreciated cause this problem is unsolvable by the service department of BMW here!

  • i-bartlett Nov 17, 2008

    I fitted new front tyres to my 2004 BMW X3, I now have a serious problem with my transfer box making a lot of noise, BMW are considering replacing it.

    Are the tyres the root cause of the rpoblem and do you need to change all as a set.

  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    I have teh same problem in my car, and will be changing the front tyres this weekend, hopefully this will sort it and keeping my fingers crossed.



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Same problem happened to me and i had to get a new transfer box, very costly!! and guess wat, problem still there! we tried putting same tyres on all round and the banging and crunching stopped.

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The only one I may be able to solve is the window problem. On my Audi, if the battery is disconnected, the one-touch feature must be relearned by the windows. What I have to do is hold the button for a given window down until it's fully down. Then release the button, and press it again (just a quick press-and-release). The one-touch down is now programmed. Then, hold the button up until the window is fully raised, release, and tap it up once again. Now the one-touch-up is reprogrammed. Do this and see if it works - if it does, do each window and you're set.

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    Jeremy Dellow Aug 23, 2008

    You can mix tires, but you need to be sure that they're the same rolling diameter. Your car is a full-time all wheel drive system, and if you have tires of one rolling diameter on the front and a different diameter in the back, you can mess up your differentials easily and quickly (probably to the tune of a couple thousand dollars to fix). You need to choose sizes that create the same rolling diameter. Use this calculator to figure it out:

    Put in one size that you're going to run in the "stock tire" fields, and then experiment with the other one using different sizes until you find a tire size that is as close as possible to the stock size. That will minimize wear on the differentials. Best bet though is to use all one size for all four corners, and then you'll be fine.



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