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      01-17-2021, 07:33 PM   #1

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Loud clatter at shut off

So I had this issue where if I don't press the clutch in when shutting of my car there would be this loud clatter coming from the front. Suspected that it's the flywheel so I replaced it as well as the clutch. I went to a garage to have it looked at, they said its the flywheel but I thought it was the trans. They said my rear right brake caliper was sticking. After a week it got horrible and I had to stop because the car was feeling very weird, lot of heat coming from that wheel and there is now a metalic "scratching" coming from the clutch area. What could it be?
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      01-19-2021, 07:13 PM   #2
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I have this same problem its like something slaps 2-4 times when turning off engine without clutch engaged. Some random shop said it was some bearing in the clutch/trans but wouldnt tell me what. I thought it was transfer case or front diff but at this point I am just gonna wait until my clutch needs to be changed to diagnose
For your brake problem check the brake pads but also check the hand brake pad. I believe they are different

Keep us updated on the clacking noise I want to know what it is!!!
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      01-19-2021, 08:03 PM   #3
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Mine does the same thing, n52 325xi wagon, MT, 290k miles.

Shutting down the engine with the car in neutral and the clutch engaged it clunks/knocks 2 or 3 times.

I thought it was the 285k mile DM flywheel, but I've since put a LUK clutch and flywheel in and the clunk persists.

I have no idea what it is. I've decided to ignore it. I shut down the engine with the clutch disengaged 98% of the time anyway since it gets parked in gear.

*Ninja edit

My e36 has gearbox chatter like a son-of-a-bitch due to the lightweight flywheel. I suspect in the back of my head that the knocking is the same phenomenon. The input shaft and transfer shaft gears clattering together when the crankshaft oscillates during shutdown.

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      01-20-2021, 07:49 AM   #4
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2 of my 6spd bmws have it and 2 of them dont (1 n54 and 1 n52 each).

I replaced it on 1 of the N52 cars and it went away(Valeo SMF kit and my DMF was blown and puking grease), will be doing the n54 car soon enough
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      01-20-2021, 10:38 AM   #5

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I just did a trans swap on my NJ52 and I've always had this chatter when turning off the car. If I clutch in, the noise goes away when shutting off the car. Seems pretty normal to me
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      01-25-2021, 06:09 PM   #6

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Originally Posted by matteblue3er View Post
I just did a trans swap on my NJ52 and I've always had this chatter when turning off the car. If I clutch in, the noise goes away when shutting off the car. Seems pretty normal to me
I picked up a 6MT E90 a few months ago and it's my first BMW manual. I also get this sound if I shut down without pushing the clutch in. I also occasionally hear a knocking sound when stopped at a traffic light, transmission in neutral and clutch engaged. The first day I drove the car I got scared thinking it was rod knock but the sound went away as soon as I pressed the clutch pedal.

Search the forums, these are both very common and allegedly normal.
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