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      12-17-2011, 08:45 PM   #1
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335i won't move. Weird noise.

Hi everyone,

I recently purchased a e93 335i.
Yesterday my brother borrowed it, he called me to inform me that he had stuffed it somehow. I don't know how this issue has come up, the car was driving perfectly.

Basically, when you put the car in D, a weird noise can be heard from where the rear passenger side tyre is. It sounds like a violent clinking/grinding. Seems like it could be diff/shaft related, but I'm not sure. It goes back into P fine, but as soon as you put the car back into D, the noise returns. So I towed the car home and it will be sent to a workshop first thing tomorrow morning.

Any input regarding the above would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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      12-17-2011, 09:14 PM   #2
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1. Sounds expensive
2. Get brother cheque book
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      12-17-2011, 09:15 PM   #3
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Output shaft. Does the car still move? If not then differential.
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      12-18-2011, 01:49 AM   #4
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diff noise

I think that the diff has a broken spider gear, best to fit an LSD or this will happen. Sorry the only way this can happen is when you do donuts or burn outs, do not let him near the car again. call Southern BM and talk to Andrew they will have some used spider units or they can supply a new LSD
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      12-18-2011, 02:50 AM   #5
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Output shaft. Does the car still move? If not then differential.
It doesn't move at all.

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I think that the diff has a broken spider gear, best to fit an LSD or this will happen. Sorry the only way this can happen is when you do donuts or burn outs, do not let him near the car again. call Southern BM and talk to Andrew they will have some used spider units or they can supply a new LSD
I suspect as much, he always thrashes cars. He blew the RB26 in my 34 as well.

Southern BM is literally other side of town for me, I'd only use them for tuning etc, because it is too much of an inconvenience to travel there for repairs/service, besides I've tried calling Andrew twice this week, no answer or call back.
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      12-18-2011, 05:46 AM   #6
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It doesn't move at all.



I suspect as much, he always thrashes cars. He blew the RB26 in my 34 as well.

Southern BM is literally other side of town for me, I'd only use them for tuning etc, because it is too much of an inconvenience to travel there for repairs/service, besides I've tried calling Andrew twice this week, no answer or call back.
Its hard this time of year we are all so flat out at work and often the phone will ring out, Try again if you go to some one else it could cost a lot more $
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      12-18-2011, 07:27 AM   #7
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time for a wavetrack lsd!

your brother sounds like my brother, argh.

can he afford to fix it?
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      12-18-2011, 07:43 AM   #8
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Is the car tuned? By the sounds of it, I would bet on an issue with the diff centre.

Let us know how it turns out. It would be useful info for others.

OT. What are you getting your brother for Christmas??
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      12-18-2011, 07:50 AM   #9
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Its hard this time of year we are all so flat out at work and often the phone will ring out, Try again if you go to some one else it could cost a lot more $
Fair enough.

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time for a wavetrack lsd!

your brother sounds like my brother, argh.

can he afford to fix it?
Yeah, if the diff is beyond repair, then I'd most probably replace it with an LSD. He can afford it, busting cars/paying for them is his hobby. Although I won't ask him to pay unless it is obvious that the problem occured due to a day of thrashing....

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Is the car tuned? By the sounds of it, I would bet on an issue with the diff centre.

Let us know how it turns out. It would be useful info for others.

OT. What are you getting your brother for Christmas??
The car is not tuned, I was looking at getting it tuned this week!
Will def. update as to what the exact problem/solution is.

Haha, I was thinking coal?
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      12-18-2011, 12:52 PM   #10
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If you are in a hurry it's not that hard (others might comment as I think everything is easy) to take the rear cover off and have a look. If you can't get to southern or another BMW Indy, I'd be inclined to call a mobile chap and spend a couple of hours investigating???
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      12-18-2011, 06:28 PM   #11
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Perhaps it's the half shaft, seen a few of those let go in the US. Have not heard of a diff going.
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      12-18-2011, 06:55 PM   #12
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check this thread out

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=588751
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      12-18-2011, 07:17 PM   #13
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I hope you get it sorted out!
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lol @ m3.

I wouldn't be surprised if something similar has happened. I didn't buy the 335 for drag racing anyway, it is more of a cruiser.

Car is at the workshop now, I eagerly await updates....I hope I have the car back soon.
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Drive shaft.
Not as bad as first expected, but a new drive shaft is costly (1k mark).
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Glad you figured it out. Thanks for letting us know.
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Drive shaft.
Not as bad as first expected, but a new drive shaft is costly (1k mark).
Who cares how much brothers paying

Tell him it was 2k and call it grief tax
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Especially after the BMW stealership 5000% mark up! Bend over aussie!
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      12-19-2011, 10:59 PM   #19
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1k driveshaft?? Back in a day I got me a carbon fiber drive shaft in my Mitsubishi GTO for 1k
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$1k in the US would probably buy you half a 335i with change left over to buy a big kahuna burger
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      12-20-2011, 01:22 AM   #21
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Hate to tell you the drive shaft won't be in Australia
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