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Old 08-07-2017, 07:40 PM   #1
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X3 vibration

My 07 X3 has a small but irritating vibration through the wheel starting out at about 80kmh, and disappearing around 100kmh. Wheels were road force balanced with no difference. Rotating back to front makes no difference. Nothing worn up front, except when I grab the top of the tire, with the car on the flat, and push and pull, I get a knocking sound which I have isolated to the damper rod where it goes into the damper body. If I jack the car up and put it down it won't do it, the car has to be driven to allow it to settle, then the knock is evident. Might this be the reason for the vibration I feel?
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:48 AM   #2
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Did you check this video?

I think some time ago my friend from DSRLeasing mentioned me about this problem somebody he knows occured, will ask him for some details maybe I can help you somehow.
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Old 10-15-2017, 12:58 AM   #3
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A couple of main culprits could be the driveshaft flex disc (guibo), center support bearing and/or a seized rear driveshaft u-joint.
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:29 AM   #4
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Funny you mention those particular areas of concern as all three were recently done. The car developed a distinct growl/whine at speed, of course it happens a thousand klms from home. Brought it to a BMW dealer and he diagnosed it as a fried rear diff. Got it home and found that the rear ujoint was seized. Did that and the centre bearing as it was noisy - the guibo was fine - the growl whine is gone but the vibration through the wheel is still there. I'm wondering; as the wheels are balanced off the car, can rotors that are worn but still effective cause an imbalance because of the loss of material? Thanks.
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