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      05-17-2016, 12:34 PM   #1
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Metallic Clicking Sound From Front of Car

95k on 08 e90 335i 6MT, recently starting getting these metallic clicks coming from the front on the car when going up my work parking lot (one of those short & steep ones), sometimes when doing hard turns, it can also be heard when I get out of the car. I replicated it today just shaking the car from left to right by putting pressure down on the front fenders. Sometimes it comes up with regular driving, but it comes and goes. It sounds like two pieces of metal hitting together.

I kinda of have a hunch where it's coming from but I wanted a second opinion to see if someone else has dealt with this before.

I recently changed my o2 sensors about 1k miles ago, moving the steering rack out of the way, thinking it could be loose.

Or at 95k miles my front strut top hat might be shot.

Any ideas are greatly appreciated!

edit: it might help to let you know what suspension I have
stock sport suspension
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Have had the same problem for almost a year now.. Hear the clicking sound when making sharp turns at parking lot speed/turning over bumps very slowly. Sometimes hear the sound when getting in/out of car and even when braking at low speeds.
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      06-04-2016, 03:40 PM   #3
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      06-04-2016, 05:56 PM   #4
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I recently had the same problem. Out of nowhere it started clicking when I would turn going slowly, i.e. pulling in and backing out of driveway for example. Read that a dirty interface between wheel mounting surface and the rotor could cause it. I pulled the front wheels when I recently did inlets/outlets and since they were off I wire brushed both surfaces and took a dremel with a wire wheel and cleaned off the hub too. Put a light layer of anti seize on everything and now no more clicking.

It won't help you if you have a suspension/steering issue but it's a cheap and easy place to start.
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      06-05-2016, 11:10 PM   #5
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I recently had the same problem. Out of nowhere it started clicking when I would turn going slowly, i.e. pulling in and backing out of driveway for example. Read that a dirty interface between wheel mounting surface and the rotor could cause it. I pulled the front wheels when I recently did inlets/outlets and since they were off I wire brushed both surfaces and took a dremel with a wire wheel and cleaned off the hub too. Put a light layer of anti seize on everything and now no more clicking.

It won't help you if you have a suspension/steering issue but it's a cheap and easy place to start.
Im going to give this a try within the next week, thanks for giving me a good place to start
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If it's a clunking type of sound when going over bumps, check your swaybar end links. Mine was doing that because it was loose.
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      06-11-2016, 11:22 PM   #7
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I have the exact same thing since I have the car...it now has a full new suspension and nothing changed, by the sound of it it looks like it's coming off the inside of the doors panels or something...I spent a lot of time trying to figure it out with no success so far. Tomorrow I will do a new round of visual/pry bars, etc checks on all the corners of the car and let you all know if I find anything.
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Try looking at your front pads and rotors. It might be the pads jumping around in caliper carrier caused by grooved front rotors. It usually happens when making sharp turns or near full steering lock.
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      06-17-2016, 06:30 PM   #9
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Aftermarket pads? They are notorious for being slightly undersized and make a clicking over bumps at times

Roll back slowly and stab the brakes then go forward and see if you can get it too happen if so replace pads with own

Check away bar end links (very unlikely on an e90)

Also open hood and put a cab of grease on the rear hood contact bumps.. They look like tiny little balls with an adjustment back along the fender rails.. Unlikely but a common noise...

Also double check tightness of strut braces as they can make a horrible racket when loose
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