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Old 10-12-2009, 03:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Issues with my Girl (530i; e39)

I went to start her up yesterday morning, and was a little hesitant, once she started was running rough and then it started making a loud tick/clack; and smoke out the tail pipe like unburnt fuel. I immediatly turned her off.

Oil level good
Oil spewed out the oil filter cap
oil spewed out oil filler cap

We changed the oil and filter, now car won't start. She cranks over but won't catch. Any ideas?

Have been having issues with the Cam Position sensors, replaced both with non-OEM parts, and reaping the benefits of that...yay Could it be related to the Cam Position sensors, or could this be a completely separate issue???

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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Hmmm.... sounds like you have a breather pipe blocked/ PCV valve has gone, was smoke white ?, the click/clack sounds like a hydraulic valve sticking..

Whats the year of the car and mileage??
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Hey Marti, Thanks for the reply; its an 02 530i, milege at 104k....

I will let the husband know; and hopefully we can look at them things today after work.
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104k sounds about right for PCV faliure......
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