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    Hi, I had just brought an e46 2003 318ise and it has just started knocking from the front end when driven . Sometimes it worse than other times but when u touch the brakes it goes . Any ideas wot the problem might be? Don't have much money left to repair the car so hoping its something simple. I've looked under the car and nothing is stuck or anything like that. Your thoughts are very much grateful. Thank you
     
     

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    I have just noticed that on the drivers side when you shake the wheel there is quite a lot of play / movement when there isn't on the pass side wheel. Could this be to do wot it? Thanks again
     
     

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    Moat probly track rod end balljoint

    Theres a rod comming out the steering rack going onto another part with a ball on the end, whcih attaches to the suspension strut,

    Cheapish part and can do the labour yourself, however the car may need tracked again

    Genrally the same on all cars and there will be loads of DIY instructions
     
     

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    Tbh I don't know to must about cars to do myself, is it a major job in a garage?
     
     

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    You can get it garaged if u like but its worth tackling yourself if you have a socket set
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    either bottom arms or track rod end is next guess n the cheaper of the 2 do in pairs tho 2 track rod ends are about £20 for both a garage should only charge u £30 to fit them its a 30 min job obviously in then needs tracking up yes it can be done by hand but in 2 month when your tyres are shot on the edge u would wish u had just paid a garage to track it no more than £25 tracking 315 if its the old tracking guage £25 is the laser alignment
     
     

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