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#1 (permalink) Old 08-22-2004, 09:51 PM
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hi everyone,
the beemer baby's got 144k on it,(1993,325i sedan) and still runs like it was new... however after my Las Vegas trip, Vegas to Fremont, Ca, (armpit ride), 120 deg, with the a/c on full blast...,, at home now i hear an audible "tick, tick....etc,etc...", is it a problem with the self adjusting valves? please advise? it almost sounds like oil starvation.. i hope it's not that? it doesn't sound drastic enough to be that,, but then again,, i only know a little bit about these cars....
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If you look at your dash board, there are these little green arrows, and they blink simountaniously with the lights on the outside of your car. Its and easy fix. And you need to do is open the dash and disconnect those bulbs.

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hi reed,
thanks for your response!! however this is an engine related noise, as you open the hood put your ear right on the engine block, and it's an unusal knock-knock or tick-tock,etc... it's not as brutal sounding as an engine running with no oil (not that high of a frequency), it's a consitent, monotonous pitch.... please advise,, once again,,, i need everyones help on this one??
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What oil are you running right now, and has it gone away. If you had like a 10w30 is was just the oil not having enough cusion for the high temps in las vegas.

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thanks for the feebback,
you brought up a really good point,, it now just dawned on me,, that i changed over from mobil 1 synthetic to bmw synthetic.. i think i'll go back to mobil 1, i made the switch because of the cost savings by a dollar per quart... anyway, i may even consider royal purple from texas.... yeah, the vegas heat was very intense,, may need to change the viscosity... but now, that im back in fremont, ca, i still hear the noise...
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Just sounds like valves tapping. I wouldn't think it's much to worry about it will probably go away in a few days.

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Hi Kevin,
yeah... your right....
somehow i will go back to mobil 1, and run like a 10-40 or 20-50 mix... i think 10-30 is for newer cars.... at any rate i'll let you know how everything goes... i will start draining tonight..... maybe i should leave half the oil in?? haha, nah.....
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Hi everyone,
i fixed the problem today.. w/o a mechanic.. didn't cost me a dime thank god...
it ended up being a spark plug that was not seated fully..... and wow,, that was a relief..... anyway... my baby is running tits and ass once again.....
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