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Old 10-24-2008, 10:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Another Weird Sound on 328i convertible by front belts HELP

HI, just bought my first BMW (1997 328i convertible with 110,000 miles/black on black with auto) and had a weird noise start up/right AFTER I brought it home. When I start it cold, there is an odd "clinking" sound by the front fan hub. After 20 minutes or so, it would dissipate. I changed the fan hub, water pump, T stat and housing, belts and fluids. Ran and sounded fine for several days then it started up louder then ever. When I spray WD40 at the AC belt tensioner, it goes away. Should I replace the lower tensioner and pulleys? Can that be the problem. WD40 clears it up right away.
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Hello, the previous owner of my 325ic had all this replaced before I purchased the car.

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Thanks for the response. Really appreciate everyones' help! ts
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sounds like a bad tensioner to me as well, that would be my first move, good luck
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That's what I'm hoping for. About ready to order from Pelican. thanks ts
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