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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 2008, 8:24 am Thread Starter
 
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Is my FD getting ready to die?

I purchased a 06' GT recently with only 6,800 miles. I just got it back from the shop for the centerstand, EWS ring, and oil tank recalls. I also had to have a sensor replaced in the fuel tank. Since I am not the orignal owner and it has been serviced at multiple dealerships across the eastern coast, the local dealership could not tell me if the oil had been changed in the FD. I also asked if the recommeded maintenance schedule for the FD had been changed by BMW. They did not know.

Well last night after my Wife and rode on it for about 45 minutes at 70 mph, we heard a clicking sound coming from the FD upon making slow right turns. The bike only has 7,500 miles on it. Still under BMW warranty until 5/6/2009.

I'm new to the BMW forums and I have read a lot about FD failures...is it happening to me? Is BMW offering extended warranties on the FD's?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Sep 14th, 2008, 10:53 am
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I'd put the bike up on the centerstand and spin the rear wheel by hand and see if you can hear (or maybe even feel the click with your hand on the hub) the sound again.

Depending on the original date of purchase, you may still be in warranty. I'd take it into the shop and find out 2 things: Is it still under warranty, and is the FD acting up? You also might want to check into an extended warranty if your factory warranty is still good. Once that expires, it'll be really difficult to get an extended warranty.

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In the what-its-worth column, on my 93 LT and a friends 02 LT the clicking noise was the only indication we had that the final drive was expiring. It would be worth a shop examination of this area as a safety precaution. The failure on the road can take out many expensive parts. Good luck.
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Is there a nail in the right side of the rear tire?

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I purchased a 06' GT recently with only 6,800 miles. I just got it back from the shop for the centerstand, EWS ring, and oil tank recalls. I also had to have a sensor replaced in the fuel tank. Since I am not the orignal owner and it has been serviced at multiple dealerships across the eastern coast, the local dealership could not tell me if the oil had been changed in the FD. I also asked if the recommeded maintenance schedule for the FD had been changed by BMW. They did not know.

Well last night after my Wife and rode on it for about 45 minutes at 70 mph, we heard a clicking sound coming from the FD upon making slow right turns. The bike only has 7,500 miles on it. Still under BMW warranty until 5/6/2009.

I'm new to the BMW forums and I have read a lot about FD failures...is it happening to me? Is BMW offering extended warranties on the FD's?
Mine also clicked before it failed but I didnt realise that this was a sign.
Check for lateral movement in the back wheel when on the centre stand and if there is any, she`s gone!

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old Sep 17th, 2008, 5:38 am Thread Starter
 
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That night, I hoisted the bike on the centerstand that night and checked the play...there was none. I also revved the wheel through 1st gear to listen for the click. I only heard it when the bike was on the ground during a right hand turn. It seems that it only makes a noise under lateral torsional stress.

I checked to make sure I did not pick up a nail. That was a good idea. I think that I am paranoid after reading about all the failures. No stones in the tread either. I called dealership and they said to bring it in...might be the brakes...? Wife has heard the noise before. It seems to occur after 30 minutes at 70 mph. I'll experiment and check it out today if the weaher is nice.

Thanks for everbodys suggestions...I'll keep you posted.
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I've been hearing a similar noise in low speed right turns too. However, one thing I noticed with my noise is it seems to go away if I downshift. That is, in 2nd gear there's a faint putting noise in a low speed turn, but in first gear I don't hear it. Might be that the increased engine noise simply drowns it out. I'm definitely going to take a long hard look at my final drive tonight though, thanks for the heads up.
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I also asked if the recommeded maintenance schedule for the FD had been changed by BMW. They did not know.

How could a BMW dealer NOT know that another performed the said sevice? They are all connected to the same main frame for your service history. Heck years ago I was told what had been done to my '93K1100RS on the east coast.

They should have answered either yes or no according to their records.
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Well, last Thursday I rode the GT to work. After I got back from taking my wife out for lunch, the rear end was making the clicking noise again. I immediately rode it to the dealership and let them listen to it. They did not know what the problem was , but they felt that it was not safe to ride, so I left it there. Service Manager said that it would not be good if I was traveling down the road @ 80 mph and the rear end locked up...I can't believe that he said that.

They also said that they would replace the camchain tensioner since it was making rattling sound upon initial startup for 10 seconds. They did not volunteer to replace it when I had it in the week before for 3 service recalls (oil tank venting, centerstand, EWS ring).
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old Sep 21st, 2008, 11:40 pm
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Sounds like they're taking care of you, eventually.

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