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Old 07-18-2012, 08:29 PM
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Strange whirring/rubbing noise in engine

Have developed a strange sound when car hits 1000 rpm, usually when I'm coasting to a stop. It's there also when car is in park and I get the engine to 1000 rpm. When rpms get to 1200 or 1400 it goes away. Sounds like a whirring sound coming from engine. Has a slight vibration to it too. Service tech could hear it and thought it sounded like something rubbing, but so far they haven't been able to identify. Anyone else experience this? Car is a 2012 x3. Thanks.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:07 AM
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Is it doing the same on overrun, i.e. when you blip the throttle and engine revs decrease? I have the same kind of thing on mine, easily reproducible doing the above, and also (oddly enough) putting the engine under load by slowly reversing up a steepish hill (speed up then slow down type thing). Mine's a diesel though, dealership said it was a normal turbo noise. I don't think so.

I'm just trying to get more evidence on it, but life takes over :-/

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Old 07-19-2012, 06:00 AM
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Is it doing the same on overrun, i.e. when you blip the throttle and engine revs decrease? I have the same kind of thing on mine, easily reproducible doing the above, and also (oddly enough) putting the engine under load by slowly reversing up a steepish hill (speed up then slow down type thing). Mine's a diesel though, dealership said it was a normal turbo noise. I don't think so.

I'm just trying to get more evidence on it, but life takes over :-/

John
Yes, hitting the throttle reproduces the noise, both on the increase and decrease, but only when the engine is at that 1000 rpm mark. If throttle is held there, noise will be constant.
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:12 AM
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Do you get this problem in manual shift mode too?
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Old 07-19-2012, 06:22 AM
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[QUOTE=April1;6960361]Do you get this problem in manual shift mode too?[/QUOTE

Yes.m happens in manual too.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:06 AM
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What do you mean whirring sound? Can you be more specific- i.e. does it sound like something flapping in the wind? Or the sound of a blender on ice crush?
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:02 PM
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I have a 2.0 diesel and I noticed the same noise when the engine is cold and accelerating around 1200-1500 RPM. I asked the dealer to check and they said they didnot hear anything out of normal. So I checked one of my close friend's same model X3 and, his car has similar noise. I'm guessing it is from the turbo as well, and hoping that it is totally normal. It is kind of annoying if you listen to it.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:42 PM
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Just got back from the dealer and after working Service Tech for about an hour, we found the sound is definitely coming from the Oil cooler. It's vibrating when the car gets warmed up and at that certain speed that vibration just kicks in. Even tightening it and everything around it couldn't get it to stop so they're going to replace the whole thing. Really happy they found it. It was one of those noises that would come and go, but drove me crazy.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:55 PM
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I've heard a wirring noise at idle in my X3 35i, but it's the electric radiator fan cycling on/off - nothing to worry about.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:56 PM
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I've heard a wirring noise at idle in my X3 35i, but it's the electric radiator fan cycling on/off - nothing to worry about.
See above post. Noise turned out to be a vibration. But I appreciate the feedback. Thanks
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:13 PM
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Sharky,
I think I have the same vibration. Driving me nuts. Do you have the 28i or 35i?
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:31 PM
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Sharky,
I think I have the same vibration. Driving me nuts. Do you have the 28i or 35i?
Hey,
I have the 35i. I totally sympathize. Drove me crazy. and my regular (now former) dealer made no effort to find or diagnose the problem. Happy to say that a new dealer finally found the problem and it was plastic vibration at the oil cooler. So if your noise is coming from that right front, from perspective of driver, it miay be the same thing. Good luck!
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:38 PM
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Mine seems to be coming from the left. It sounds like Thumper is caught in the exhaust pipe.
I've already talked to the service mgr at the dealership where I bought my E93 (different dealer) and he's going to look at it. I'll take it in next week.
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:35 AM
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Interesting, I had the same thing and they blamed it on the turbo eventually.

I could easily reproduce it by putting the engine slightly under load, like reversing up a steepish hill slowly (!). I know that sounds silly but I like to give an absolute test case for mechanics, otherwise you get BS that there is no noise.

I'll mention the oil cooler for a check next time it's in ...

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