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      02-04-2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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Engine ticking

I have a bit of a problem with my engine suddenly ticking. I know it's not the sound of the injectors, I know the difference.
I know this has been discussed on other threads but I have a video from YouTube that is the exact sound of my engine. It is a 2007 E92 328xi.
I have a scheduled appointment at my Bmw dealership for next week but would love some input on what you guys think the problem might be.
Here is the video:



My engine sounds identical...
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Read the very first sticky at the top of this forum.
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Lifters issue?

Mine does it periodically but eventually goes away. My commute is 4 miles and I find if I don't run my engine more than that 4 miles, after a few days it will come back. I've read cold weather will bring it on also. I think the injectors are a "softer" noise
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Read the very first sticky at the top of this forum.

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      02-04-2013, 09:44 PM   #5
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No, only the N52 engine had that issue. All 328's have the N53.
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Actually, in the US, we didn't get the N53-that was the direct-injected, normally aspirated 6 that the Euro 330i had. 272bhp, I believe! US 328i's have only the N51 and N52 engines with good, old fashioned port fuel injection.

My car has the N51 and it does tick very occasionally at cold startup if I've been only driving it on short (1-4 miles) trips.

I wish we had gotten the N53 in the US as it would have been a perfect in-between twixt the 328i and 335i...
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I wonder if the n53 suffers from intake build up?

I wonder if the n53 suffers from intake build up.
Or is it enhanced by the Turbo's?
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No, only the N52 engine had that issue. All 328's have the N53.
Nope. North American 328 models have the N52.
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Normal. Just drive it like you stole it for 5-10 mins and it goes away. I normally take it on some back roads by my house and put it in manual mode. I make sure to accelerate it to ~6500RPM before shifting, and I do it for about 5 minutes. After that, the ticking is gone for a 7-10 days.
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Not necessarily the case, but with me the ticking noise was due to the serpentine belt and associated pulleys failing. I would check that before it fails, it's a cheap repair.
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Thanks to everyone for your input.
I thought the reply about the serpentine belt was interesting as I had some weird screeching noise come from under the hood once.
Also I talked to a Bmw serviceman and he said because my car was off the road for the last few months that it may be a hydraulic lifter that needs to get enough oil pressure beneath it to "pump it back into position". That actually sounds logical to me.
I guess I'll find out next week when I take it in.
Again thanks for everyones help...
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Replace Head
Replace Lifters

Problem solved.
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What kind of fuel are you using? Low octane fuel will cause ticking noise as well.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MJ
I have a bit of a problem with my engine suddenly ticking. I know it's not the sound of the injectors, I know the difference.
I know this has been discussed on other threads but I have a video from YouTube that is the exact sound of my engine. It is a 2007 E92 328xi.
I have a scheduled appointment at my Bmw dealership for next week but would love some input on what you guys think the problem might be.
Here is the video:



My engine sounds identical...
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I have a 07 328 and have this problem. Dealer replaced lifters once , that was a year after I bought the car under warranty
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MJ
I have a bit of a problem with my engine suddenly ticking. I know it's not the sound of the injectors, I know the difference.
I know this has been discussed on other threads but I have a video from YouTube that is the exact sound of my engine. It is a 2007 E92 328xi.
I have a scheduled appointment at my Bmw dealership for next week but would love some input on what you guys think the problem might be.
Here is the video:



My engine sounds identical...
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Didn't fix the problem.. Ticking came back soon after
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live with it
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No, only the N52 engine had that issue. All 328's have the N53.
ULEV engine is N52

SULEV engine is N51
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Common as can be, and completely normal.
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Replace Head
Replace Lifters

Problem solved.

Had this done under warranty on our X3.
Problem solved.
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had my lifters changed. dramatically reduced the noise.

since changed my oil to castrol ll-01 5-40 and problem is gone.

just my experience.
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