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Old 03-28-2006, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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does your bimmer sound like this

ok its a video but you cant really see anything because i didnt feel like turning lights on but its what my motor sounds like...horrible what is the noise. and this is what it sounded like both times something major happen. is this another 3000 dollar fix
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Old 03-28-2006, 07:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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omg that sounds like death. Thats really scary and im extremely sry...sounds like the belt
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just changed the belts....yea just think how imbressing it sounds driving through a park thats like 1/2 mile long wiht cars in every parking spot and people in the stands at like 10 baseball fields just staring at you
i just about shit myself
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sounds like maybe a pully is seized, or your low on maybe power steering fluid.
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or a bearing went
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Old 03-29-2006, 06:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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how do i check power steering fluid
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The cap has a small dipstick with two marks. The fluid should be between the two marks. Unscrew the cap, wipe off dipstick, screw in cap, unscrew cap and check. According to the manual if it's above the top mark with the engine not running, that's normal. If it's below the bottom mark fluid low.
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well ya its just like checking oil i ment like where is it at
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Oh, okay,where to check fluid. It's between the engine and the airbox, down in sort of a hole. If you take the airbox out, you can see it better. Has a scalloped knob on top. Sorta behind the alternator.
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that has nothing to do with power steering. if it was low power steering fluid, it would only make noise when you turn. that is unless the pump is shot, then you would have a hard time turning the wheel. sounds to me like a pulley is tightened too much and is seizing. take off the belt and try to turn each pulley individually by hand and see if any of them are seized. if not, then put the belt back on and double check the tension on the belt. you should have about a half inch of play in the belt.
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i forgot to say this only happens when i drive for about 45 minutes. so its not even all the time just when the engine gets warm. does this make a difference of what it is
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i just checked the power steering fluid and it is just at the tip of the actual stick. thats all. not even close to the line
i tried about 7 times to make sure i wasnt just crazy but barely any at all and the car has been sitting for about 22 hours. i take it this could be the cause. or no
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AAAAAAAAARGHHHHH!!! That's messed up man. My ears are hurting now!!! get that fixed.
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haha thanks for the advie bimmern2b it really helped out
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I think it sounds like a spun bearing, or maybe some rod knock, hard to tell without hearing it in person though, I can't hear how loud it is.
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