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Old 03-27-2009, 03:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Knocking on start up 2001 5 series v8 4.4 77k

Over the last few weeks my 5 series ahs developed a knock on start up, it does not always happen but it seems to be getting more frequent. It last just a few seconds and length of time it lasts for varies too. Once started there is not evidence of a knock. If the car is restarted immediately there is no knock. The car has covered 78k and has a good service history.

I had wondered if itís a hydraulic valve thatís losing pressure over a few hours, once the engine has been started the valve is brought up to pressure.

Any ideas what may be ?

If it is a hydraulic valve how easy is it to locate which one, and replace it ?
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Valvetrain knocking? Sounds to me like it might take a couple of seconds for the valvetrain to get oil on startup. How often do you change your oil?
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Car was serviced last october, but i have only completed 2 to 3k since, the problem has only exsisted month or so after the service, and has increasingly got worse. May be it be down to the oil used (main agent) it is goes in to the serving garage on monday to be checked out, i should ask what oild was used.
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If it only had the BMW Recomended oil changes, is has NOT had it's oil changed enough!!! Have a Leak-down test performed to see what the pressure in each cylinder is.
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oil might be the wrong weight. is it cold when you are starting it up?

Any smoke from exhaust? if so what color?

is it eating any oil? if so how much? look around the engine for any signs of oil seeping somewhere while you are in there, just to make sure.
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