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BMW M3 Rubbing Noise From Rear Differential When Turning

BMW M3 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Drive Train Affected: Manual Transmission

Average Mileage: 50,973 mi (4,500 mi - 97,960 mi)


During tight, slow speed turning, a rubbing noise can sometimes be heard from the rear of the car. This noise is likely coming from the clutches in the limited slip differential. If the noise persists, the differential fluid can be replaced with a special oil available from BMW. On higher mileage vehicles, this noise may never be eliminated unless the differential is replaced.

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