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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Thu, Mar-27-2008, 03:30:07 PM   #1
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Default HELP: Passenger Side Rear CLUNK!

So I did some searching here and on e46fanatics. There are a ton of threads having to do with clunks most of which occur while shifting which I know is totally normal.

The issue that I am experiencing occurs when driving and this is an offset change in elevation (i.e. Turning into a drive way). It seems to occur for me when make right turns into driveways and the weight is being shifted, or when crossing shallow dips in the street that are angled (South East Or Driver's left to passenger right).

The car was at the dealer, and during trouble shooting they went as far to remove the rear sway bar completely and drive the car which still resulted in the sound. They then thought it was something to do with the rear passenger upper and lower spring pads so they R&I'd them and used Tac Powder and claimed that the issue had been resolved. Leaving the dealer I hit the first speed bump that happens to be angled and CLUNK!

I already spoke with my SA and he apologized, and I'll be bringing the car back next week for further trouble shooting.

Any ideas???
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Possibly something as simple as a Rear Shock Mount??? Not sure, without hearing it....

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Possibly something as simple as a Rear Shock Mount??? Not sure, without hearing it....

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Interesting.. In my expirience bad RSMs only make little tapping metallic sounds when going over bumps at high speeds, like on the freeway. However, my only knowledge is E36 related.
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Yeah, my only experience with RSM failure was on my E36's as well. Mine was a clunking noise, going over curbs, speed bumps, s4 owners, etc...

I could be wrong, but that's a cheap enough fix, and a normal maintenance item anyways...easy diy'er too.
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It might be worth looking into... Thanks!

Anyone else?
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I just had the exact same issue but with the front suspension. It was the control arms and ball joints for botht e R and L. I have Dinan Stage II suspension and the dealer first thought it might have been the lowering of the car, but the field service rep was in this week..looked at the car and indicated that it might not be Dinan related since most Dinan suspensions on the road don't have this problem at 30K miles. The dealer agreed to cover the $800 work and give a free oil change to boot since my 4 years on my warranty was up. Ask the dealer to take the shop foreman out on a test drive to point out the clunk.
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I just had the exact same issue but with the front suspension. It was the control arms and ball joints for botht e R and L. I have Dinan Stage II suspension and the dealer first thought it might have been the lowering of the car, but the field service rep was in this week..looked at the car and indicated that it might not be Dinan related since most Dinan suspensions on the road don't have this problem at 30K miles. The dealer agreed to cover the $800 work and give a free oil change to boot since my 4 years on my warranty was up. Ask the dealer to take the shop foreman out on a test drive to point out the clunk.
Hmmmmm... Thanks for the info.. Although prior to them doing all the work on the spring I rode with the shop foreman to let him listen to it. The tech claimed that he was unable to reproduce the issue at all until after I rode with the foreman.
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I doubt you have Rtabs with an 04, but if you do they tend to bind up and need copper lube.
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Interesting..... I am not sure.. I plan to take the car back to the dealer this week.

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