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      06-03-2011, 06:30 PM   #1
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engine lifters ticking

2006 325i with 85k on the clock.

in the last two months my lifters started making the famous ticking noise. I am out of warranty.

has anyone had this repaired outside of warranty and how much?

or has anyone found another solution aside from changing the head or the lifters?
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      06-03-2011, 07:54 PM   #2
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I have used this stuff on previous vehicles and it worked quite well.

http://www.barsproducts.com/rislone_products.htm
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Does it go away after its fully warm and driven?
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      06-04-2011, 01:20 AM   #4
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Pull the valve cover and inspect them as well as the springs for failure, stress cracks, or if they are lose. Then put a torque wrench on them and see if they are still at spec.

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      06-04-2011, 04:15 AM   #5
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damn no cpo i'm guessing? since my SA told me it would be covered under CPO which I was happy to hear since I had them replaced before already and I hear it slowly coming back
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      06-04-2011, 09:54 AM   #6
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Too bad you can't just code the ticking away!
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      06-04-2011, 06:43 PM   #7
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I have used this stuff on previous vehicles and it worked quite well.
apparently this is caused by a design flaw that does not allow oil to get the lifters. but I will try this. Thanks!

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Does it go away after its fully warm and driven?
Does not go away after the engine is warmed up

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Pull the valve cover and inspect them as well as the springs for failure, stress cracks, or if they are lose. Then put a torque wrench on them and see if they are still at spec.
Will consider doing this, thanks!

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Too bad you can't just code the ticking away!
haha I don't think there is a value for this. Yea and no CPO
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It's the exhaust lifters. Not sure if you're under warranty, but I know I got mine swapped out under warranty and now my engine purrs like a kitten.
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Pull the valve cover and inspect them as well as the springs for failure, stress cracks, or if they are lose. Then put a torque wrench on them and see if they are still at spec.

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+1 failing springs can also cause the ticking.
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I just live with it
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Do not fear the valve train, it isn't that complicated. A decent repair manual could help you through. If you absolutely do not feel comfortable then take it in for repair.

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      06-07-2011, 10:20 AM   #12
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Do not fear the valve train, it isn't that complicated. A decent repair manual could help you through. If you absolutely do not feel comfortable then take it in for repair.

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I'm trying to gather as much info as I can before I dive in. I was told that It would be really complicated because I would need to redo the timing with a special tool? Thanks for your input!

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I used to drive around 2000 accord with 180K and my girlfriend couldn't tell when it was on. Last week she asked me why my BMW ticked so loud. It's more embarrassing than annoying lol
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i currently have the same issue or issues i should say.

was supposed to take it into the shop sometime last two weeks but got caught up at work and had to live with it.

i agree... a high mileage honda sounds better than my bimmer.
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mine is just the same.... could one of you guys post a diy on how to check for the springs et al? my ticking is there even after warm up...i just dont correct people anymore whne they say my car is a diesel.....

btw..xxxjecxxx ....i read the codinf thread from the day it started and have a few things done but also would like you to code a few more things for me....pm?
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I had the same problem on my e90 328i but for some reason I haven't heard it in a while. I added a little Castrol 5w-30 synthetic motor oil to the engine and it seemed to do the trick (temporarily).

I have a CPO but I'm procrastinating taking it in...
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I had the same problem on my e90 328i but for some reason I haven't heard it in a while. I added a little Castrol 5w-30 synthetic motor oil to the engine and it seemed to do the trick (temporarily).

I have a CPO but I'm procrastinating taking it in...
take it in as soon as you can, from what I've heard from other members it's a two or three months process from them to change your lifters, the noise come back, and for them to approve and install a new head.

If all it take is some castrol 5w-30 every oil change. I can live with that. It's way cheaper than mobil 1 0w-40

I just added a bottle of zMax last night because curiosity got the best of me. The noise did dim down a bit but I didn't drive around much.
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I'm surprised so many of you really think you're going to get a new cylinder head out of this, that would cost the dealer so much money. I can picture it now, going in, sitting for 5 hours, service advisor telling me I'm good to go and it's 100% normal. I have this noise but it's not consistent, I'd say it's usually around start up but not always, I'm just going to drive mine.
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Usually the ticking goes away after the oil has reach the top of the head.. I would get this checked out as it could cost you more money down the road if something fails.
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I'm surprised so many of you really think you're going to get a new cylinder head out of this, that would cost the dealer so much money. I can picture it now, going in, sitting for 5 hours, service advisor telling me I'm good to go and it's 100% normal. I have this noise but it's not consistent, I'd say it's usually around start up but not always, I'm just going to drive mine.
I am out of warranty but there is a service bulletin that shows that changing the head is the only permanent fix. Tons of people have had it replaced under warranty.
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cant believe i still havent taken mine in... im not liking my busy summer schedule

has anyone here that were getting the noise got it fixed yet under warranty?
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I'm surprised so many of you really think you're going to get a new cylinder head out of this, that would cost the dealer so much money. I can picture it now, going in, sitting for 5 hours, service advisor telling me I'm good to go and it's 100% normal. I have this noise but it's not consistent, I'd say it's usually around start up but not always, I'm just going to drive mine.
Because the dealer does replace the cylinder head without argument if it continues to tick. BMW lowered their cost on the parts for this reason.
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i put some wynns hydraulic lifter fuid in mine today and it seems to have gone considerably quiet now...will report over the next few days to see how it goes
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