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Old 08-21-2008, 07:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2002 e39 sound from engine

New to site and thanks to all. I have a 2002 e39 when the engine is normal temps i get like a whistle sound at engine compartment. Can't point it out i have 63,000 miles on her. Sometimes when idle park the sound goes away then hit the gas and it starts.
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Your intake piping might not be sealed tightly to your throttle body.

Your intake piping might also have developed a small hole.

Your air filter box might be slightly open.

Your mechanical radiator fan clutch might be on the way out.

Can anybody else think of any other possibilities?
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It sounds like its coming from the right side of the engine if you are facing the engine.
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Well, that is where the throttle body is...
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Its a 2002 540i 4.4 v8. Maybe its the idle pulley something like that.
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Maybe the accessory belt slips a bit?
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alternator, maybe?... I wonder if yours has the alternator that has the air horn attached to it for cooling. a partially clogged airway will produce a whistle-like noise.

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New to site and thanks to all. I have a 2002 e39 when the engine is normal temps i get like a whistle sound at engine compartment. Can't point it out i have 63,000 miles on her. Sometimes when idle park the sound goes away then hit the gas and it starts.
Yea I know exactly what you are talking about--it is very annoying and I am a complete audiophile, so I took it to the stealership, and of course they said the usual "we didn't hear that sound"/"the car functions as a normal 5-series would" BULLSH**!
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