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320CE grating sound when cornering

I have a 1995 320CE bought recently, drove very well on purchase and still continues to fell strudy and precise. However, the last couple of weeks a grating sound has developed when cornering. This was more pronounced when I had a passenger in the rear. The car has a skirt, although not particularly low, and the car didn't make this noise when I first got (and I drove it harder when I first got it to try out the 3.2 litres!). The shocks were replaced by the previous owner only 7000 kms ago and the noise comes from both sides, so I assume this is not the problem. A friend suggested it could be the bushes, is this a common problem with this model? I'm not mechanically minded and don't really know how the bushes work, appreciate some advice.
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Lightbulb hmm

i have a clk 320 and when i first got the car the owner had like 5 pounds of air in all the tires and the was a small dent on the inside of of the tire which meant the metal inside the tire was bent so when ever i turned right it would make a loud thumping noise, i don't know what kind of noise u are hearing but it starts off very small and now it got so bad that the steering wheel shakes so i had to replace the two front tires and since i have 19 inch rims it cost me 300 bucks :/

just somthin to look out for if its a thumping noise

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Sounds like the suspension. I think you have lower control arm bushings and sway bar bushings. Take it to a suspension shop and have them check those out. It might be something else but bushings do wear out and you have a 15 year old car so those are probably due to be replaced.

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Could be motor mounts.

Could be heater box contacted by blower squirrel cage.

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