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      05-24-2009, 09:22 AM   #1
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Arrow FIXED:- 2006 330D exhaust rattle

Had a rattle from the exhaust tailpipe/tailbox area at idle - sounded horrible!

Decided to have a look - simply banging the tailpipes with your fist would bring the rattle on.

Upon pulling the trims off slightly, I saw this - hey presto!



The trims were full of small roadstones, grit and tar which were resonating and causing the rattle at idle.

Simply removing the trims (pull hard!) and a decent cleanup with wire wool and some solvent to dissolve the tar, they're like new!



and the end result - 10 minutes work!

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      05-24-2009, 11:32 AM   #2
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Nice one - shiny pipes now as well!
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      05-24-2009, 12:22 PM   #3
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Ha! In the last image, you can just see the lump of wood I had to drive both wheels onto to get enough clearance to get my trolley jack in!!
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top man dave! my car was running earlier, went to the boot and heard the same annoying rattle! looks like a job for tomorrow! ;-)
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      05-24-2009, 12:38 PM   #5
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Glad to help - let me know how you fare!
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      05-24-2009, 02:56 PM   #6
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Just pulled mine off Dr Dave, had quite a bit of tar and gravel that had collected around the rim. Gave it a good clean and polish, looking like new now.

Think I will have a go at the exhausts tomorrow as well.
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      05-24-2009, 03:02 PM   #7
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Wonderful stuff! Pleased to be of 'service' lol!
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Just done a search on 330d exhaust rattle as I hear a tinny rattle sound when standing near the back of the car, and found this thread.

Do the pipes pull off easily? Does the car need to be jacked up or can it be done standing? Sorry for questions on an old thread, but better than starting a new one!
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Dave - May be this is why your MPG s not so good, carrying around all those rocks!

Serious - good tip, will yank my tip off the weekend too.....
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      09-19-2010, 11:14 AM   #10
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It can all be done on the floor - if the tips haven't been off since new I would think a gentle tap with a small hammer will have them off. Mine pull off fairly easily now as I've removed them twice to get rid of the small stones.
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Sorted it yesterday afternoon, loads of tar remover and autosol later, they look
loads better than before! Removed a few bricks too and....no more rattle! Yay!

Thanks for the help!
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