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Old 03-11-2014, 04:51 AM   #1
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Noise after changing RTAB and Shocks

Hi All,

I've fitted Powerflex RTABs, Bilstein B4 shocks and Meyle HD RSMs plus all new washers etc to my 330d.

As a bit of background, car had all original OEM parts before and has 190k mileage. The left side shock had failed as well hence the job needed doing as the car was handling terribly.

Since changing the parts, the car handles great and no vibrations either but a noise has appeared at the rear over 20mph+.

If you take the car out of gear the noise remains so it's more of a rolling noise. I can't work out whether it's the tyre noise on the left side (sounds more on the left than right) due to an inbalance of pressure on the road previously or if there is something else wrong with the job I did. Best way of describing the noise is like when wind is buffeting against the car and whistles - unfortunately it's not windy at the moment! If I wind the window down I can't hear anything out the ordinary.

Any help would be spot on!!!

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Old 03-11-2014, 02:12 PM   #2
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bit of an update...done a motorway run today and the rear end is pulling left when braking. if I let go of wheel though it stays pretty straight. would be surprised if a brake issue as they weren't touched

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Old 03-12-2014, 12:34 PM   #3
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Alignment after replacing the RTABs?
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Old 03-12-2014, 01:54 PM   #4
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not yet...guessing that's the next step...wheel definitely pulling to one side now so guess the toe is completely out

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Old 03-12-2014, 11:39 PM   #5
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Check rear brakes. Allignment is must after rtab install.
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