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April 25, 2018, 05:16:10 PM

Debbie Wilby

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KNOCKING NOISE FROM GEARBOX? IN LOW GEAR WHEN SLOWING DOWN
« on: April 25, 2018, 05:16:10 PM »
Hi
I'm new to this forum - my last option for trying to find out what is wrong with my car.  It's been in garage a few times and even to a gearbox specialist but they are saying gearbox is fine and when i took into garage - mechanic took it for 30 minute drive and it did not make the noise.  However i picked it up drove it up the road and it started making it again - i'm at my wits end. 
It doesn't happen all the time and it is fine on long drives but if i am stuck in traffic in gear 1 or 2 an awful clanking noise comes from (i think) the gear box - sounds as though it is going to fall out.  This also happens when i slow down to park.
Has anyone else had this happen to their X3? OR does anyone know what it could be.  I'm sure mechanic thought i was making it up until my husband confirmed he has also driven it when it has happened.  I have recorded the noise on my phone!
many thanks

April 25, 2018, 05:26:28 PM
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Re: KNOCKING NOISE FROM GEARBOX? IN LOW GEAR WHEN SLOWING DOWN
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2018, 05:26:28 PM »
Are all the tyres the same.

April 25, 2018, 05:33:43 PM
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Re: KNOCKING NOISE FROM GEARBOX? IN LOW GEAR WHEN SLOWING DOWN
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2018, 05:33:43 PM »
yes all tyres are the same and proper ones

April 25, 2018, 06:32:57 PM
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Re: KNOCKING NOISE FROM GEARBOX? IN LOW GEAR WHEN SLOWING DOWN
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2018, 06:32:57 PM »
Any warning lights?  Have you had either BMW or someone with an Autologic System check for error codes?  Autologic is/was used by Bosch Autocentres so a nearby one should be able to help confirm whether it is in the box itself or something else mechanical in the driveline - such as a bearing.

Is your specialist familiar with ZF transmissions?

Gearbox Oil levels OK - or at least checked?  Colour OK?  Should be clear and not dark, cloudy and burnt smelling?

Could be a diff, propshaft bearing, CVJ etc rather than the box itself.

kkx5 is our resident subject matter expert so may shoot me down as wrong suggestions and then come up with better ones - and I get educated  :)
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April 26, 2018, 12:54:12 AM
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Re: KNOCKING NOISE FROM GEARBOX? IN LOW GEAR WHEN SLOWING DOWN
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2018, 12:54:12 AM »
X5SPORT:  :bow: :bow:
Debbie: The noise could be from 4x4 transfer box. Remove fuse no26, test drive it and let us know.