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  1. Bmw e36 1999 coupe rear drivers side problems 
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    the last few weeks now iv been noticing some issues with the rear of my car on the drivers side, iv noticed its dropped abit... theres less of a gap between my tire and wheel arch than there is on the passengers side and when ever i go over the slightest bump theres a banging noise sounds like something isnt bolted down like my parcel shelf is banging on the metal frame under it, but its not the parcel shelf because my mates held it down when i was driving along and it still happened, has anyone come across this with there E36 coupe? any help will be helpful
     
     

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    have a check of the rear top mount!

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    what above my spring?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by robs e36 View Post
    what above my spring?

    its a bit of a pain to get too you have to lift the carpet side trim pieces in the boot to get to them

    hopefully its just that and not the strut mount itself!
    but its worth using reinforced plates on them

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    ok nice 1 cheers mate i will have a look at them first thing in the morning
     
     

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    ok yeah, i will also been looking under the carpet in my boot
     
     

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    All E36s do lean to one side. But it's not to the driver's side. It's to the passenger side.
    BMW did this so it can offset the driver's weight when someone's in the driver's seat.

    Mines leaning on the drivers side rear wheel, well not leaning on the wheel itself but thats where its leaning where the rear drivers wheel is
     
     

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    How do i get under the carpet? i cant work out how to lift the carpet up without ripping it
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by robs e36 View Post
    How do i get under the carpet? i cant work out how to lift the carpet up without ripping it
    Easy answer, if your car has split rear seats ignore everyone saying go in through the boot it is way harder than is necessary to reach the top mounts.

    Open the boot, pull out the boot carpet covering the spare wheel and put it safe and close the boot.

    Then get inside the car, lower both back seats, pull out the seat "side bit" on the side concerned and you can them fold back enough to easily get at the rear top mounts (after pulling out a couple of clips).


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    • Springs set ride height not shocks*
    • The top mounts have big metal washers on so they can's push through, just rattle when destroyed, unless the shocker shaft has pushes through the metal washer then is will be oscillating over bumps and you would feel it.
    • Pig tails breaking off springs is common.


    *The slight exception to this is the force of gas pressure shocks trying to extend does give a little lift
    Last edited by E36Coupe328; 18-11-2011 at 17:54.


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