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Rubbing Noise From Rear Differential When Turning on BMW M3

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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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BMW M3 Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 53,371 (4,500–97,960)
Drive Train affected: Manual Transmission
9 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
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Growling sound from rear when making U-turn or a hard left at slow speeds.
Replaced rear differential fluid
Car was perfect until it had A preventative differential oil change and started making noise when turning sharp at slow speed. Started immediately after fluid was changed. Headed back to let advisor hear it.
Rubbing sound from the rear of the car when cold (just started), during tight cornering. Goes away once the car is warmed up.
noise started at 10k, dealer changed fluid fixed for awile, noise came back. Changed to Redline