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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Wed, Jan-31-2018, 07:26:56 PM   #1
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Default New tire squeak, is it a thing?

This is new to me and google so far hasn't been super helpful.

I just completed a rear-end refresh on my car. Replaced all the bushings and ball joints. Replaced the axles and bearings, too.

Once that was done, I drove a little bit to test it out and all seemed well. So then I went and got new tires installed (Michelin super sports). As soon as I began driving post tire install, I hear this fairly loud squeak which sounds like it's only coming from the left rear tire. It sounds like the tire is rubbing on something, but I can't see anything rubbing anywhere.

I just had a shop do an alignment, thinking that may have been the cause, but even post alignment it does it. The squeak is really only audible up to about 15mph then all other noises supersede it (or it just goes away, I don't know).

So anyway, I'm kind of lost for where to begin investigating. I've visually inspected the inside sidewall of the tire and there's no visible signs of anything. I hesitate to think the bearings, axles, or bushings are the problem because this noise didn't exist before the new tires were installed.
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Default Re: New tire squeak, is it a thing?

If it has less than 500 miles on it, doesn't it need to break in?
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Old Wed, Jan-31-2018, 08:10:32 PM   #3
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Default Re: New tire squeak, is it a thing?

Do you have an aftermarket exhaust? I have a SS, and I see slight marks on mine from the tire rubbing it slightly.
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Old Wed, Jan-31-2018, 08:36:31 PM   #4
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Default Re: New tire squeak, is it a thing?

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Do you have an aftermarket exhaust? I have a SS, and I see slight marks on mine from the tire rubbing it slightly.
I do! I have a Dinan cat-back. I didn't think it was close enough to touch but I'll take a look, because the sound is exactly what I would imagine rubber on metal sounds like. (It's like wearing wet sneakers on tile floor)
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Old Thu, Feb-01-2018, 03:05:06 PM   #5
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Default Re: New tire squeak, is it a thing?

OK, I checked the exhaust clearance and it's not that. The noise also seems to come and go depending on the road surface type, so maybe it really is just the tires scrubbing themselves in. I've just literally never had this happen before and I've had plenty of new summer tires installed in the past
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Put it up in the air and spin that wheel?
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Can you get a recording of the noise?
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