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      11-20-2023, 10:43 AM   #1
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225,000 mile 540iT Propeller shaft issue

My 540iT with 225,000 miles with a full refresh including new engine, transmission, etcÖ has developed a rotating noise from a stop under heavy acceleration. I can feel the vibration bottom of the driverís seat and it lasts about 6 clunks and then goes away. Under normal acceleration or high speed acceleration, it doesnít happen.

Iím thinking itís the center bearing starting to go bad. Shaft is original to the car. The rubber ďweirdĒ named disc was replaced a few years ago. The CV joint at the rear by the differential is starting to sling small amounts of CV grease.

Iím thinking of ordering a new propeller shaft (BMW speak) or driveshaft for us ĎMercianísÖ. but wanted to know if anyone has rebuilt and just replaced the center bearing and rear CV joint. Probably a few hundred dollars over a new replacement from FCP. Iíll do the work myself but just wanted to know if anyone has:

1. Experienced this noises before?
2. Replaced or rebuilt the propeller shaft?

Itís a BMW so I have already put more into it Thant itís worth so the extra dollars are not a show stopper but was wondering what others have done in this case.

Thanks in advance!
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      11-20-2023, 12:39 PM   #2
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Yes, had very similar symptoms in my E30 many years ago. I resolved them by replacing the driveshaft with a new guibo as well (the weird rubber thingy.

Good luck.
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Also replaced the guibo but not the driveshaft on my 540it. It was a sweet ride.
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