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Old 11-20-2009, 03:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Chewbacca Noise on start up?

Hello all anyone one had this,sounds just like chewbacca from star wars it happens from mainly cold and sounds like it coming from the rear. Just wondering if it something i should worry about?

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Old 11-20-2009, 08:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Has the differential fluid been changed? Does it happen mostly during tight turns?
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Is this just on start up at idle or do you actually mean when your driving??
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Oh sorry should of said that, its the second you start the car makes the noise for 1-2 seconds at stand still.

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Maybe some kind of exhaust vibration issue...
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What year and model car is it? Miles? Could be your Vanos rattling on startup
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Mine does this, Ive been informed its something to do with the cats warming up....
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Cheers guys, Its a 2003 53 318i (2.0) sport touing. Done 103,000. It had a new cat about 5k ago.

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may the force be with you,try some dilithium crystals in the tank,sure as hell worked for scotty.
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Uhhhmmmm, thats Star Trek, chewwy....Star Wars
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could you possably have someone start it for you and listen to the the different parts of the car to see exactly where it is comming from...
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