Propshaft metallic clink noise

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  1. 1 Aug 2020 at 8:36 PM #1
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    For the past 5 years I've lived with this rather annoying metallic clink noise from my propshaft which is easily reproducible when on throttle and letting go of gas pedal off throttle. It sounds like it's coming from around where the rear diff meets the CV joint, and I've seen similar posts on this forum where that was the case but never any video evidence. In this video you can hear it whenever I'm basically putting my foot on or off throttle. I'm thinking it's a propshaft issue but has anyone ever run into this issue? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

     
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    Doughnut or bearing for the prop?
     
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    Here is what my old propshaft looked like next to a new remanufactured one, unfortunately the one they sent me had a larger CV joint with mounting studs, haven't gotten to tapping the studs out yet but concerned the new CV joint is too large to fit.

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    Overall the old driveshaft other than CV joint did not look terrible. Here are some other pics

    https://imgur.com/a/RM5bf4k
     
  5. 3 Aug 2020 at 7:06 PM #5
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    Yes mate it's 100% your rear cv joint on the Prop shaft.
    Here is a video I made before replacement.
    https://youtu.be/9sn9pXR9wL8

    Change it and the noise will be gone.
    OEM part number is: 26117841003
     
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    Thanks mate that's spot on, replacing it ASAP with the new part, gotta drop transmission anyway.
     
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    Yep that was exactly the same as mine. Annoying as hell. Rear cv on the prop as above
     
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    I will keep an eye on this as I have picked up a noise similar to this. What's the rough cost and input into this sort of work. thanks
     
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    It's not too difficult, just have to drop a bit of stuff. I'm going to be installing with the remanufactured propshaft, which looks dodgy but was told off on the phone saying that the CV joints are "exactly the same" so fingers crossed it's fine.
     
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    Its sounding very similar to mine as well. Does it also sound like a bit of a thud from the rear?
    I am hoping it is not the diff.
     
  11. 6 Aug 2020 at 8:30 AM #11
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    Sounds like diff bushings or bolts if it’s thudding which should be replaced at this point anyway.
     
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    Cost to repair?
     
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    Part is around £90-100. Labour to replace could be anywhere from £100-200 depending on where you take it.
     
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    where did you get that part for that price, last time i purchased ones it was like 160 from bmw
     
  16. 8 Aug 2020 at 3:18 PM #16
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    I live in Warsaw now and bought it through a local motor factors. Its not oem but some manufacturer called EURODRIVESHAFTS, part number BM725.
     
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