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Thread: 540i Rattle, Clunking, Tinking Noise Under Car or Drivetrain (VIDEO)

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    540i Rattle, Clunking, Tinking Noise Under Car or Drivetrain (VIDEO)

    2001 540i/6 with 180k miles

    Noise usually heard in gears accelerating and decelerating. On stock suspension as far as I know.

    What are some things to look at?

    Video clip below. Not the best upload but noise can be heard thru out the clip.

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    I would check your CSB, as that will make the driveshaft bang around in a metallic way when it goes bad.
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    ^Thanks. Will have to replace anyways if the I have to remove the drive shaft.

    I found a vid that makes the exact noise


    More than likely its the drive shaft cv joint... I will have to get car up on jacks once I get a day off

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    Sometimes you can save the CV joint by removing the driveshaft and re-packing it with grease, but if the driveshaft is still original at 180k miles it might be worth it to just get a remanufactured driveshaft with a fresh guibo, CSB, and CV joint, so everything is replaced in one go. That's what I did with my 540it, and I've had 20k trouble-free miles since, and that includes drag racing and a whole lot of burnouts.
    2000 540i Japanrot Touring - Build Thread | 1997 M3 5-speed Coupe | 1992 525i Touring 5-speed - Build Thread
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    2003 X5 4.6 - Build Thread | 2004 Range Rover HSE -Build Thread | 2000 M5 Anthracite/Caramel - Build Thread | 2003 540i6 M-Sport with 199k miles - Build Thread
    2000 540i/6 with 160k miles - Build Thread | 1995 750il with 188k miles - Build Thread | 2003 Mercedes S500 with 96k miles
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    It's the CV. Friend had the exact same sound and issue on his M5 after 150k mi (IIRC) in Ohio weather.
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    CV joint. I've gone thru 2 of them already.
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