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  • mc625569
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    Wanted to update. Thank you everyone for the suggestions. I tore the car apart and ended up having to get a hold of a steelman chassis ear unit. The loud noise is coming from something in the sunroof.. the noise was projecting from the footwell but when I put the sensors all around the car I eventually narrowed it down and once I took the headliner off that confirmed it. I think I’m only hearing it at speed because that’s when the car is getting the most wind blowing over the sunroof. I literally tore out the dash and replaced a ton of suspension parts playing “shotgun” part replacer and finally found it. Side note : I now have a steelman chassis ear that I’m thinking of renting out to recoup some costs. Again, thank you for replies - each one helped me continue to narrow down options. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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  • marshallnoise
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    I am willing to bet its the blower motor for the HVAC. Next time you hear that, turn the fan off and see if it goes away.

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  • AndrewBird
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    Brake pad dragging on the rotor maybe?

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  • roguetoaster
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    Split it in to rotational, abrading, or vibration noises. Isolate the cause, engine RPM, speed, pavement, temperature.

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  • mc625569
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    e34 chassis noise troubleshooting

    I'm at a bit of a loss trying to troubleshoot a loud squeaking noise on my e34. I don't expect a vague post like this to reveal some type of a-ha moment, but I'm looking for advice on how to approach troubleshooting with home mechanic tools.


    Intermittent sqeak happens starting at about 45mph , loudest from inside the car in passenger footwell.

    it sounds like its coming from right behind the glovebox. I tried some silicone spray on the control arm and stabilizer bar bushings but no real imapct.

    It does not sound like a typical wheel bearing grind. I've recently replaced the shocks and subframe bushings and this didn't seem to change the noise at all.
    Does not sound like a wheel bearing grind.

    I'd chalk this up to a bushing on one of the suspension parts, but It only seems to happen at speed which is what's throwing me off.

    Are there any tips/tricks/tools I can use to try and narrow this down, its hard since I can only replicate the noise at highway speeds.

    I've been looking into some type of home brew chassis ear type device but figured I'd post here first for suggestions.







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