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Old 08-11-2004, 09:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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can anyone help i have a very noisey E36 compact and i susspect the cam chain is clattering has anyone had this problem it usualy happens at 2500 RPM in any gear very noticable with windows down!
if you think it is the chain is it a diy job?
i have put new timing belt and cam shaft on a e30!
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Old 08-11-2004, 09:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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if your has the chain then it dont have a timing belt,if your pretty good with cars then give it a go if not then i would advise you to put it into a garage to be done,far as i know its quite a big job.


check the obvious first,your heatshield which sits above the exhaust always comes loose and causes a rattle in any gear and also when at idle,cams can be quite noisy in high milage cars,if its that then check the oil feeder pipe that sprays the oil to the cam,might be blocked,just my views,good luck :wink
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thanks for that , first it is the chain type, yeh i'll check out that heat sheald cos that's the kind of noise i'm getting like somthing loose clattering , at first i thought it could be a loose exaust bracket
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Old 08-11-2004, 10:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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No don't think it's that just had look (did you mean the heat sheald near plugs) checked that and around the headers all looks ok ghead
has anyone else replaced a chain?
is this a comon fault or is it just my bad luck
by the way it's not high milage car only 76000
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got a similar problem, soft clattering sound when i hit the gas when the car is in motion, i didn't check the speed or RPM, but not all of the time. Let me kno what the problem was.
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I think he meant the heatsheild up underneath the car around the cats.
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