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V6 5/26/2010

2006 BMW X3 3.0i 6 Cyl 3.00L

Steering & Suspension

I need to know what is making the rattling sound on the driver side of my vehicle at the front end ?

I just bought a pre-owned 2006 BMW X3 3.0i ..... My problem is that when I travel up hill while turning the corners I hear a rattling noise at the front end of the vehicle on the driver side .... also the steering wheel has a little play in it. What is your diagnosis of this situation.

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Nissan Technical Advisor

Inspect the tie rods and ball joints if worn. Check also sway bar mounts if broken, the sway bar or bars, (some cars have front and rear sway bars) on your car are designed to prevent the car from rolling (leaning) when cornering. These sway bars are mounted to the frame and connected to the suspension arms using connecting links. If either the sway bar mount or the connecting links becomes worn or lose it will generate a banging, popping or rattling sound. To check for this condition check the mounting bolts and bushings, retighten or replace as needed.

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