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      04-09-2018, 04:04 PM   #1
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Just picked up a 330i, few issues.

2006 330i sport package. New brakes, tires, water pump, thermostat gasket, oil, oil filter, valve cover and oil filter gasket. I replaced both cup holders and I got a new key case so far. My engine seems to have a loud lifter tick. Is there any oil additive I can throw in or should I just leave it be? My windshield washer jet on the passenger side does not work, is there a DIY to fix that?

My indy mechanic / dealer that I bought it from is going to replace the windshield trim this week. Is there anything I should replace soon? I want to do coils, spark plugs, trans fluid and diff fluid this summer.
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2006 330i sport package. New brakes, tires, water pump, thermostat gasket, oil, oil filter, valve cover and oil filter gasket. I replaced both cup holders and I got a new key case so far. My engine seems to have a loud lifter tick. Is there any oil additive I can throw in or should I just leave it be? My windshield washer jet on the passenger side does not work, is there a DIY to fix that?

My indy mechanic / dealer that I bought it from is going to replace the windshield trim this week. Is there anything I should replace soon? I want to do coils, spark plugs, trans fluid and diff fluid this summer.
how many miles?
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how many miles?
79k
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      04-09-2018, 05:13 PM   #4
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nice find!

You are pretty much covered all the major issues with N52. Regarding the loud lifter tick,I ve seem people with issues with "the lifters". You may to check that. What oil are you using? Where are you located?


windshield washer jet, check the fuse first. I ve seen people here with DIYs. Look for it.
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Is it a lifter tick or is it the usual injector clatter?
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      04-09-2018, 05:48 PM   #6
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nice find!

You are pretty much covered all the major issues with N52. Regarding the loud lifter tick,I ve seem people with issues with "the lifters". You may to check that. What oil are you using? Where are you located?


windshield washer jet, check the fuse first. I ve seen people here with DIYs. Look for it.
I can get a video and check the fuse. Thank you for all of the information, This car is so different from the E36.
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      04-09-2018, 05:54 PM   #7
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yes theres a liquid that can fix the lifter noise, liqui moly ceratec
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      04-09-2018, 06:08 PM   #8
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I completely forgot to check the coolant when I bought it and it is green. Looks like I am going to the dealer tomorrow for coolant.


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I completely forgot to check the coolant when I bought it and it is green. Looks like I am going to the dealer tomorrow for coolant.

good, but you did not add any green coolant to the engine correct?
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That doesn’t sound like lifted rick to me, just injectors.

Also, the color does not always indicate if it’s the correct coolant. Better safe with the blue BMW stuff but they make that same coolant in many different colors.

I wouldn’t bother with preemptively replacing the coils. They’re known to last pretty long. Just buy a spare and throw it in the trunk.
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That doesn’t sound like lifted rick to me, just injectors.

Also, the color does not always indicate if it’s the correct coolant. Better safe with the blue BMW stuff but they make that same coolant in many different colors.
regarding the lifter noise, yeah I agree. Normal. It sounds just like mine...
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good, but you did not add any green coolant to the engine correct?
I did not add any coolant. I just blasted down to my local BMW service center and the parts counter was closed.
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The ticks sound normal. My car sounds exactly the same way.

I would definitely change the coolant. Green usually means somebody just dumped whatever antifreeze they could find in there. I wouldn't put anything but the blue stuff in there. A flush on these cars are pretty easy to do, shouldn't take you very long at all.
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The ticks sound normal. My car sounds exactly the same way.

I would definitely change the coolant. Green usually means somebody just dumped whatever antifreeze they could find in there. I wouldn't put anything but the blue stuff in there. A flush on these cars are pretty easy to do, shouldn't take you very long at all.
Should I drain the fluid, fill it up with 100% distilled, drain and then a 50/50 mix or just a 50/50 mix?
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How does the coolant in there now look? Is it bright green still or is it faded? Either way, I'd flush with distilled, then fill with the 50/50. If it's not bright green, it's probably been in there a while and I'd flush. The BMW stuff is designed to prevent parts of the cooling system/engine from corroding. Other coolants can damage your block, which is aluminum, not cast iron. Other parts of the system are aluminum, too.

Flushing with water is never bad to do, especially if it's never been done before. Since you have an 06, I'd definitely do it. I have an 07 and once I get this leak situated, that's the first thing I'm doing. Just make sure you use distilled. I'd pick up 2 gallons, they're like 88 cents a piece at walmart.
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How does the coolant in there now look? Is it bright green still or is it faded? Either way, I'd flush with distilled, then fill with the 50/50. If it's not bright green, it's probably been in there a while and I'd flush. The BMW stuff is designed to prevent parts of the cooling system/engine from corroding. Other coolants can damage your block, which is aluminum, not cast iron. Other parts of the system are aluminum, too.

Flushing with water is never bad to do, especially if it's never been done before. Since you have an 06, I'd definitely do it. I have an 07 and once I get this leak situated, that's the first thing I'm doing. Just make sure you use distilled. I'd pick up 2 gallons, they're like 88 cents a piece at walmart.
I will grab a few more gallons of distilled water. I am also going to change the PS fluid as mine is at the min line and dirty.
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This is lifter tick


Yours sounds fine
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If only draining radiator and not block you only need .5 gallon distilled with .5 gallon coolant. Twice that if draining block. Just because it's green doesn't mean it's bad. I replaced my expansion at 80k because they'll bust. Search the e90 bleed process. my 07 just turned 80k and I had a busted thrust arm bushing so I replaced them with M3 solid rubber ones as well as stock control arms so you're probably needing them as well. I also replaced my trans and diff fluid at same time.
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If only draining radiator and not block you only need .5 gallon distilled with .5 gallon coolant. Twice that if draining block. Just because it's green doesn't mean it's bad. I replaced my expansion at 80k because they'll bust. Search the e90 bleed process. my 07 just turned 80k and I had a busted thrust arm bushing so I replaced them with M3 solid rubber ones as well as stock control arms so you're probably needing them as well. I also replaced my trans and diff fluid at same time.
I never heard of E90 cooling issues minus the water pump and thermostat.
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If only draining radiator and not block you only need .5 gallon distilled with .5 gallon coolant. Twice that if draining block. Just because it's green doesn't mean it's bad. I replaced my expansion at 80k because they'll bust. Search the e90 bleed process. my 07 just turned 80k and I had a busted thrust arm bushing so I replaced them with M3 solid rubber ones as well as stock control arms so you're probably needing them as well. I also replaced my trans and diff fluid at same time.
I never heard of E90 cooling issues minus the water pump and thermostat.
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I'd worry more about expansion tank than green coolant at this age/mileage. Another thing to consider is belts and tensioners. If belt breaks it'll wrap around crank pulley and cause an oil leak.
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You have a 335i. Not an N52.
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You have a 335i. Not an N52.
So?
I guess N52 don't have expansion tanks and belts?
In fact it's the N52 that suffer from belt pulley deflection more than n54
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