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Old 01-25-2009, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First BMW...e36 possible rod knock ...with VID

i finally bought my first bmw, e36 95 325i convertible....with this noise...guy told me it was an exhaust leak....can anyone listen to this and tell me what they thimk?? thank you....


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Old 01-25-2009, 07:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah, that sounds like an exhaust leak to me. It's possible that the exhaust has rusted towards the headers because it sounds really close to the camera.
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the Werkz...... That does sound like an exhaust leak!


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Old 01-25-2009, 09:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks for the welcome....and your opinions, what about the clicky noise heard faintly below the exhaust leak...starts at :17 into the video and lasts the rest of the vid...thanks again guys, also do you know where i can get a replacement console arm rest? and sorry for all the questions, but would an indy mechanic be able to fix the softtop lining and seals, and maybe motor? how much would it cost you think? my semi auto softtop wont come up or down, infact no noise at all with the press of the button....thanks guys!

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Old 01-26-2009, 01:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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if i was you id check to see if its a exhaust leak for defo, cus to me it sounds like the heads badly worped maybe to much to skim bcus the piston will hit the valves, good luck with whatever it is.

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Old 01-26-2009, 03:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks for the welcome....and your opinions, what about the clicky noise heard faintly below the exhaust leak...starts at :17 into the video and lasts the rest of the vid...thanks again guys, also do you know where i can get a replacement console arm rest? and sorry for all the questions, but would an indy mechanic be able to fix the softtop lining and seals, and maybe motor? how much would it cost you think? my semi auto softtop wont come up or down, infact no noise at all with the press of the button....thanks guys!
i would try to do as much as you can yourself. Use the search feature on this forum and others(bimmerforums.com). You will find alot of DIY stuff. Check the classifieds for the console arm rest. These cars tend to hit you deep in the wallet.
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I would deffo get it looked at because that does not sound to good IMHO, I really hope its a cheap fix,

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Old 01-26-2009, 05:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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in real life its more of a puff sound though, could that still be the heads?

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I would deffo get it looked at because that does not sound to good IMHO, I really hope its a cheap fix,

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looks like you got ripped off with the buy of the car. you just gotta hope you aint cracked the head and its not warped to much.

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you really think its not an exhaust leak...it really sounds more of a puffing noise than a metallic noise. what could it be? its only got 117k miles on it.

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looks like you got ripped off with the buy of the car. you just gotta hope you aint cracked the head and its not warped to much.

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Old 01-26-2009, 06:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
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looks like you got ripped off with the buy of the car. you just gotta hope you aint cracked the head and its not warped to much.

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If there's no sign of a head gasket leak, I doubt the head is cracked or warped.
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how can you tell if there is a head gasket leak?
the engine is clean and doesnt leak any fluids anywhere, i dont know if thats what you mean though...

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Look for signs of engine coolant or water when checking the oil; look at the bottom of the oil stick. Also look for signs of oil pooling in the coolant expansion bottle.
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will do, so could this noise be an exhaust leak...or anything other than an internal part of the engine? it just sounds a little odd to be rod knock or an internal piece

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From the video, it sounds more like an exhaust leak. And I really think all out rod knock would have become more of an issue by now.
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