loud fast engine ticking at low revs? need help before it blows up or dies :( - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
BMW Forum BMW Forum

Auto Insurance

» Featured Product
Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E36)
Register Home Forum Active Topics Gallery / Showroom Auto Loans Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowInsurance

3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.

BimmerWerkz.com is the premier BMW Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-16-2011, 03:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Car:
Posts: 5
Photos:
Cherry100 is on a distinguished road
loud fast engine ticking at low revs? need help before it blows up or dies :(

Hi boys and girls- thanks for reading

Our E36 318i saloooon is playing about again- this time with an enchanting 'tic-tic-tic-tic-tic' from the engine bay. It's a fast clicking that doesn't change frequency- its either there or not and doesn't change with engine speed.

And it's very loud- loud enough to think 'ooh that's loud' when we drive past- pedestrians stare like it's about to blow... that's how loud it is.

This ticking cuts in and out when she's idling, when the clutch is down, and when we pull away from stationary-but it's not contstant and it stops at around 2500 revs.

It sounds like it's coming from the back of the engine, but hard to pinpoint.

any help very much appreciated!! thanks guys xx

oh- p.s. the previous owner had over-filled the oil. It's way up past maximum, so i'm wondering if this was an attempt to raise oil pressure and feed oil to the lifters? If so it doesn't seem to have worked (maybe it did work for a while- it wasn't ticking for the first few weeks we had it- but we don't have any leaks or anything, so why would it start again now?)

feel like banging my head against the bloody thing tbh.

thanks all xx
Cherry100 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 12-16-2011, 10:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
Captain... Savvy ?
 
Jack Dabsy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Barnsley UK
Car: BMW E38 728i 1996 Met Black
Posts: 2,194
Photos:
Jack Dabsy will become famous soon enough
Garage
Deffo the lifters (or cam shells), and you're right, they did "Try" to silence it... Grrrr

Here's a drastic way of diagnosing... Get quite a few rags/cloth, remove the spark-plugs and rocker-cover... Surround the head with cloth, have a friend turn the engine and have a real look/listen at the cam/lifters... Doesn't need to be a long turnover but the rags will be there to soak up some spilled oil...

Just a cheap 'n quick way of finding out !!
__________________

Eso es todo!
Please press the "REP" button if you are happy with your response/answer...

Please JOIN, or just have a look... Its Totally FREE...
BMW Part Market

BMW Online Manuals (TIS)

New Member ?

Last edited by Jack Dabsy; 12-16-2011 at 11:00 AM.
Jack Dabsy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2011, 04:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Car:
Posts: 5
Photos:
Cherry100 is on a distinguished road
bloody hell, that sounds scary!! lol will get boyfriend to it- i'm not touching that one lol

He changes the oil last week- the oil on the dipstick looked pretty clean, but it was black as hell coming out the other end, so i think the twat literally just shoved more oil in before we got her >.<

the clicking seems to have died down with the thicker oil, and in honesty, i think he wants to sell it on, now (it's just too big for us, really, and he wants something little to chuck about over winter) so we might just sell her on cheaply with the few little issues she's got.

thanks mate!
Cherry100 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E36)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Loud ticking noise during engine idle? Iam330i 3-Series (E46, E90) 3 08-15-2011 06:30 AM
Engine revs up to 2500 RPM with a/c on snpower 3-Series (E21, E30) 11 09-25-2007 04:01 PM
Revs and engine management BigLion 3-Series (E46, E90) 2 05-12-2006 06:57 AM
loud engine noise and check engine light steviebhoy 3-Series (E36) 4 06-04-2004 06:59 AM
Engine Dies lenk 3-Series (E46, E90) 4 04-28-2004 10:09 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:27 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.