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    bmw clicking when i make quick right turns

    bmw making a clicking noise when i turn right at 20mph or more but stops when i straighten the wheel. the noise is coming from the right front area. im guessing that wheel. i've read some post but cant seem to pinpoint my problem. i took a look at the cv joints the boots are not cracked.1993 740i.


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    BMW E34 - E32 - E24 - E28 FRONT END NOISES

    A lot of parts in the E34 can produce "clunk", "clink" and other "clank" noises. The trick is to check the cheapest parts first.
    Check list from the more probable to the less.


    Loose strut housing nut
    If you changed your shocks, you may have a loose strut nut. Take a monkey wrench a tighten it. You don't need to remove the shock assembly, just jack up the side.


    Sway bar links
    Place you car on ramps or stands then shake the link and check for "clink" noise and play. You can also remove it and drive slowly over bump to see if the noise is still here.


    Steering links
    Shake the link for play. Check the ball joint.


    How to check ball joints for play and noises:
    Did you check for play with the car on the jack stands? If yes, the joints may be still bad. You need to check with a large channel lock type pliers and the car at ride height, on ramps for example. If you can squeeze the joints top-to-bottom when they are in their normal position, they are finished. Time to replace the arm or ball joint.


    Thrust arms (upper control arms)
    Cause the infamous shimmy (50-60 Mph) and severely enhanced brake shimmy. If the bushings had not been tighten under load, they will be damaged. Check the bushings for cracks, jack up the front with the wheel on and shake the wheel to locate the noise.
    Use a pray bar under the arm to check ball joint play (they "clunk" when worn).


    Control arms (lower control arms)
    Check the bushings for cracks, jack up the front with the wheel on and shake the wheel to locate the noise. If the bushings had not been tighten under load, they will be damaged. Use a pray bar under the arm to check ball joint play (they "clunk" when worn).


    Strut bearings / shock mounts
    BMW mecanics say that the front ones last for a long time. Lift the front of the car, shake the shock absorber for play.


    Steering box mounting bolts
    I had a vicious clunk in my front end during slow turns, mostly backing in and out of parking spaces. I tightened the large gland nut at the top of the strut insert, and replaced the sway bar links, but it made no difference. Finally I took it back to the guys who did the shocks and thrust arm bushings. They tightened the steering box mounting bolts, and the bolts that hold on the front subframe and it totally fixed the problem. (Information from J. Calhoun)

    You can easily locate noises by placing a screw driver with the handle against your ear and the tip against the part to be checked.

    If any of the ball joint boots are damaged, it is just a matter of time before the ball joint goes bad, change the part.
    http://www.bmwe34.net/Wiki/tiki-index.php?page=homepageShogun E32 Tech Tips: http://twrite.org/shogunnew/topmenu.html

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    Re: bmw clicking when i make quick right turns

    ok i narrowed it down to my front right wheel. I jacked up the car to check it. The right wheel is not spinning freely, like the left wheel. everything else was fine. could this be a bad bearing? there are no visible obstructions. Again when I spin the left wheel it spins about 1min, but when i spin the right it spins for 3seconds like something is slowing it down.

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    Re: bmw clicking when i make quick right turns

    I had a "creaking" sound coming from right front after car warmed up. I isolated it to the idler arm area and it turned out to be the center link. Mechanic explained that the exhaust headers on the 740 run close to the center link/idler arm connection and the heat dries out the grease.

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    Re: bmw clicking when i make quick right turns

    http://forums.roadfly.com/forums/bmw/bmw-7-series-e32/6189924-1.html


    I had a "clicking" noise a few years ago, that made me think it was bearing or rotor that came from what sounded like the right front.1990 750iL
    1991 850iA
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