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Old 12-03-2009, 09:04 PM   #1
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need help! feels like my car is falling apart!

Ok today I had something really strange happen and I need your help

It first started when i went to back my car up to come home after work, it sounded like something was grinding or dragging . . . so I pulled forward looked under my car and everything looked fine, I backed it up again and the sound was gone. I thought this was weird but I decided to chance it and take it slow . . . everything seemed fine

Then as I'm coming home i hear this grinding/squeaking noise again followed by a loud bang and a jolt/hop from the back end as if I had just ran something over?

So I pull over and once again look under my car and nothing seems to be loose or dragging. (I thought maybe the exhaust came loose) So as I was only about a block from home and it seemed to drive smoothly, I managed to get it home so that I could take a look underneath.

The exhaust wasn't loose or rattling and the wheels were on tight and I couldn't find anything that appeared to be broken when inspecting the control arms, joints, and linkages, however I noticed my break pad on the one side does seem to be rubbing now? WTF

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Old 12-03-2009, 10:31 PM   #2
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could this be a broken wheel bearing or something?
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:35 PM   #3
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Most likely the hardware for the ebrake fell off, and is grinding inside...happens a LOT! In any case, take a look at the rear brakes...
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:22 PM   #4
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yep turns out it was the ebrake as well as a wheel bearing! great just my luck
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:51 PM   #5
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ebrake is easy diy, 30 bucks for parts at the dealer if you dont need backing plates.
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:15 PM   #6
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lol yea this happened to me in a parking lot coming home from the last cruise. I was like WTF. Now I hear it whine a little.
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:27 PM   #7
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well I got a quote to have it all fixed . . . $1400!!! WTF

what it needs apparently:

- emergency brake shoe kit $136
- repair hardware kit $35
- protection plate left and right $35.50 each
- two rear rotors - $178
- rear brake pads - $119
- rear wheel bearing $135
- and 6.5 hours of labor totaling $675

This was from a well known shop that uses OEM replacement parts, but do the prices seem right or do they seem high to you guys?

I appreciate your input
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:33 PM   #8
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i paid that much for backing/protection plate and the ebrake hardware kit. id say do it all yourself if you can, im willing to lend a hand and im sure a few more on here would too. are you in need of rear brakes? do you HAVE to go oem? how bad are your emergency brake shoes? you also may not need both protection plates. or either one for that matter
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:39 PM   #9
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rear rotors!
http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=127823
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Old 12-07-2009, 05:33 PM   #10
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woah! pricey!!! did both go at the same time, because that's rare.. this happened to me 2 summers ago.. exact same sound, looked underneath.. nothing..

I took my car into raven Performance.. bill was $173... They only replaced the one cause it was faulty.. I take it your car is stick? Are you always parking on a hill> cause you don't always have to jam the ebrake as hard as you can.

I wouldn't pay that much! get a second opinion or like tg07lq said, there are probalby people on here that work for beer!

Good luck & keep us posted!
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Old 12-07-2009, 06:14 PM   #11
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the rear bearings are a pita to do, i'd suggest having someone do them. The rest you can do yourself. I paid ~200$ each side parts and labor for someone to do my rear bearings,
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:40 PM   #12
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well I finally just said the hell with it and decided to buy a 2003 330ci instead

I will be trading in my car when I pick it up this weekend so I'll likely be pulling some things off it just in time to put some e36 goodies up for grabs for Christmas if anyone's interested.
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:08 AM   #13
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i like christmas goodies, especially e36 christmas goodies
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:43 PM   #14
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Wow, a newer car will always be a quick fix!! Congrats on the new ride!
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:54 PM   #15
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well I finally just said the hell with it and decided to buy a 2003 330ci instead

I will be trading in my car when I pick it up this weekend so I'll likely be pulling some things off it just in time to put some e36 goodies up for grabs for Christmas if anyone's interested.
Well I guess that's one way of fixing the problem.
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