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#1 (permalink) Old 02-12-2005, 01:01 AM
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Hello everyone, I just bought a BMW a few days ago, its a 1995 325is 2 Door and I'm very happy with it! , but it makes a weird squeeky noise when I start it or when the motor is idle (I heard its a loose belt? ). Maybe someone can help me out with this...

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to check your best bet is to get under the hood and see if you can somehow isolate the noise, it could very well be the belt, or one of the pullies associated with the belt

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hey, to the forums.. hope you enjoy your stay!

as to your squeeking problem.. its prolly just dry, or worn, u can go to a auto store and buy some belt stuff,its pretty much some spray to see if you can get the belt ti be moist again...

anyways... got any pics on your car??

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Make sure you get that taken care of as soon as you can. I think it is probably a belt. There is an interval at which those should be replaced. I don't remeber what it is, but you can find out. Anyways, it once happened to me that my bad battery was making my alternator work too hard, which therefore resulted in more heat, which in turn expanded the drive belt, making it loose and squeaky; the same belt drives teh water pump, so my radiator would come close to overheating wuite often. At one point all of this blew the alternator relay, forcing me to stop driving for a while. This entire process took approximately one year. I did not know everything that was going one, until I replaced my alternator relay, then a new alternator and a new battery (I had already put in a new battery before, but it was worked too hard because the alternator was bad) and did some retospect analysis.

* NOTE: I knew nothing about cars pretty much at that time

All of this to say: do not think that just because it is a little squeak it could not be a real pain. Treat it early and you should be alright.

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Welcome...dude!!! I also got a 1995, at this age I would say the belts need replacing....

But you've come to the right place! Check around the DIY forum rooms you'll find alot of help and advice, also you'll meet some of the coolest cyber-peeps you'll ever hang with online!

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welcome i also have a 95 325is i love it

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thanx everyone, I'm trying to get some pics up soon and...yea we've isolated the noise, my bud says he can fix it ( I sure hope so...) and I'm sure as hell hoping its not the timing belt...cuz I heard that one is quite pricey, any one know the exact dimensions of the belts on the BMW just in case? The previous owner threw the manual away...idiot.

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welcome to the forums im rocking a 1995 325i right now... what mods you have done/planned?

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Originally posted by Phrozen@Feb 15 2005, 01:32 AM
thanx everyone, I'm trying to get some pics up soon and...yea we've isolated the noise, my bud says he can fix it ( I sure hope so...) and I'm sure as hell hoping its not the timing belt...cuz I heard that one is quite pricey, any one know the exact dimensions of the belts on the BMW just in case? The previous owner threw the manual away...idiot.
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Dont sweat the "timing belt". E36's actually have a timing chain which should never need replacing. You may need to replace a timing chain tensioner down the line, but never the chain..

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