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Old 02-13-2008, 04:03 PM   #1
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wierd rubbing sound while driving(FR)

Seems like this only happens while the car is cold. Im positive the sound is coming from the front passenger's side wheel well. Its like a rubbing of plastic against the tire, kind of like when you put a baseball card in the wheel of your bike. I looked at everything I possibly could to see if anything is touching/hanging, but couldn't find anything. The sound increases with the speed. It's not the engine or the wheel bearing. The sound goes away when I turn right, and it gets louder the more I turn left. When the car gets warm, it just fades away and disappears altogether. Even if I turn the car off and start it up while its still warm, theres no sound. I'm perplexed. Any ideas?
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Old 02-13-2008, 09:43 PM   #2
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wheelbearing would be my guess, it will get very warm when its ****ed and might expand to a degree where it holds together better. check the temperature of the rim with your hand carefully.

if it is its not a big deal i had mine done parts and labor for less then 100 bucks on both sides. if you do replace the right do yourself a favor and do the left too.


NM you said its not the bearing. I would take the tire off and take a good look at your breaks, maybe rotate the tire to do different position. even though unlikely the tire it would take it out of the equation.


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Old 02-14-2008, 12:50 AM   #3
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Try pulling up the handbrake a little bit (till the light comes on) as you're rolling and see if the sound goes away. This happens to me when the car is cold... Also had a similar problem with handbrake noise in my old e36 but that was when turning right and didn't matter if cold/hot.
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:40 AM   #4
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hmmmm i seem to have found a solution...although it may just be temporary. I went to a touchless car wash last night which included an under body wash, and no sound this morning! I already know its not the bearing because of the distinct sound. I'll try the handbrake thing if it returns.
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:07 AM   #5
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if it fixes rubbing noises.

hope its gone
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Old 03-25-2008, 04:46 PM   #6
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okay guys sorry to bump this thread, didnt wanna start a new one....

so the rubbing is back....with a vengeance, lol. It is LOUD and this time its not going away even when the car is warm. I've checked everything...nothing seems to make it go away, and I think it may actually be coming from the left front not the right, but hell for all I know it could be coming from the back. Its directly related to speed, and it goes away when I turn left, but gets "grindier" when I turn right. Over 60km/h I can feel it in the floor. Like I said, I checked to make sure there is nothing touching the tires or wheels. I got the car on a lift to see behind the wheels but again I saw nothing. Is it possible the muffler might be rubbing up against the back tire, and when I turn left, it swings away? I never thought of that earlier so I didnt check it. Any advice guys?
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Old 03-26-2008, 04:35 AM   #7
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Cool interesting

I think i had a weird rubbing sound once similar to that, i had to change a lil ball bearing in the two piece drive shaft, do u get any hesitations when you accelarate? In my case, the faster i went, the pitch of the sound got higher.
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Old 03-26-2008, 05:12 AM   #8
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have it lifted up and have the driveshaft looked at.
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Old 03-26-2008, 09:46 AM   #9
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okay guys sorry to bump this thread, didnt wanna start a new one....

so the rubbing is back....with a vengeance, lol. It is LOUD and this time its not going away even when the car is warm. I've checked everything...nothing seems to make it go away, and I think it may actually be coming from the left front not the right, but hell for all I know it could be coming from the back. Its directly related to speed, and it goes away when I turn left, but gets "grindier" when I turn right. Over 60km/h I can feel it in the floor. Like I said, I checked to make sure there is nothing touching the tires or wheels. I got the car on a lift to see behind the wheels but again I saw nothing. Is it possible the muffler might be rubbing up against the back tire, and when I turn left, it swings away? I never thought of that earlier so I didnt check it. Any advice guys?

this is almost certainly the front left bearing, dont be cheap, replace both at the same time. I had mine done for under 100 bucks.
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:19 AM   #10
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wtf i just dont understand how it could be the bearing...i have records that say taht the front control arms, bushings, bearings were replaced about 5000 km before I bought the car. I have only put about 25000km on it since then. Anyways I think I'll go get it checked out at rmp or bimmersport
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Old 03-26-2008, 04:17 PM   #11
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dunno man, bearing certainly shouldnt fail after 30k, unless the mechanic forgot to pack it with grease. but the indicators you have are classic wheel bearing:

more pronounced when driving faster, worse when turning one way, and the sense of feeling the noise in your foot, all points to the bearing. but i will gladly stand corrected if somebody has a better suggestion.

let us know what it was in the end.
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Old 03-26-2008, 06:22 PM   #12
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well i've had the real right bearing go on me so i know how it sounds, so unless the front one sounds different when it goes bad, I'm pretty sure its not a bearing. Man I'm totally stumped on this one.
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