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