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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-02-2012, 01:54 PM
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Wierd Noises.

Lately I have been hearing weird noises coming from my 528i.

One instance is when I am going around a right hand curve a bit fast and accelerate out of it, I hear a "grinding" noise. This only happens when I take a right hand turn kind of fast and doesnt always happen consistently. Now the one thing that is strange about this scenario is that I can feel vibration in the accelerator pedal when the noise is occurring.

Second Noise

Sounds like a rattling chain when the engine is idling. The noise lasts about a half a second. Pause, and then happens again. (Timing chain? Vanos?)

When accelerating from a stop or slowing down I hear a subtle click. I've hear that this could be from "sticking brake pads" and I do need new rotors.
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:28 PM
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when I am going around a right hand curve a bit fast and accelerate out of it, I hear a "grinding" noise. This only happens when I take a right hand turn kind of fast and doesnt always happen consistently. Now the one thing that is strange about this scenario is that I can feel vibration in the accelerator pedal when the noise is occurring.
Could this be my wheels rubbing? I just had the car lowered an inch.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:32 PM
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I assume you are talking about the front wheel. If it's rubbing, there should be marks on the tire. About the second noise, it's not the air conditioning?
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:35 PM
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I assume you are talking about the front wheel. If it's rubbing, there should be marks on the tire. About the second noise, it's not the air conditioning?
Yes, the noise is coming somewhere from the front end. My assumptions have been all over the place and I'm just trying to get an idea on what it is, ie. If it has happened to anyone else.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:47 PM
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Long time ago I had some wheel spacers that caused rubbing, and the scratches on the tires were quite obvious. Did you check the wheelbearing? Lift the wheel , is it loose?
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:50 PM
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Just turn the radio louder. Fixed!
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:51 PM
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Long time ago I had some wheel spacers that caused rubbing, and the scratches on the tires were quite obvious. Did you check the wheelbearing? Lift the wheel , is it loose?
I can check that. But I dont believe that would be the cause. The noise that I'm hearing is almost exactly the same as the noise that the motor for the wiper pump would make when it is empty. Its just a whining noise that coincides when I hit the accelerator. Which leads me now to believe that it could be my fan clutch?
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:58 PM
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If it is the fan clutch, why would it make the noise only when you turn right?
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:11 PM
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If it is the fan clutch, why would it make the noise only when you turn right?
Im at a loss. I have no idea at this point.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:19 PM
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Well, if you can't find the problem, there's a guy Hank who sells a pristine 540........just kidding. Well, I hope you'll get more answers that will eventually solve your issue.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:24 PM
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Well, if you can't find the problem, there's a guy Hank who sells a pristine 540........just kidding. Well, I hope you'll get more answers that will eventually solve your issue.
lmao. a pristine 540 and for his word its worth an extra 3K!
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:55 PM
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Could be your wheel bearings. I had a similar problem and changed both front wheel bearings and the problems disappeared.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:31 PM
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Chasing down noises can be difficult without a doubt.. Not sure if it will help but i remember reading a thread about a noise that a member was chasing down for 2 years within his front end. But it was described as a clunking noise
. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/arc.../t-604481.html

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Old 10-03-2012, 06:14 AM
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Unless this is a stand alone problem, look for cause and effect.
Questions to ask yourself:
1. Did the noise ever occur before you lowered the car?
2. Did the noise occur immediately after you lowered your car?
3. What did you use to lower your car?
4. What size tires are you running with your car?
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:08 AM
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Unless this is a stand alone problem, look for cause and effect.
Questions to ask yourself:
1. Did the noise ever occur before you lowered the car?
2. Did the noise occur immediately after you lowered your car?
3. What did you use to lower your car?
4. What size tires are you running with your car?
1. No
2. No
3. Lowering Springs/ New struts, about an inch lower than factory
4. 245.45.17

It's very strange. It happened about 2 weeks ago for the first time when i came out of my neighborhood and it was a cold morning. I figured i might just have to wait for all the mechanics to warm up in the car. But now it starts to happen more frequently when I go around a corner.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:02 AM
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When my wheel bearing went bad you would hear a grinding and vibration that would be more prominent when you loaded the car on that wheel. Can't explain the noise when you come to a stop, but you may want to jack the car up and see if it you feel any grinding when you spin the wheel and if the wheel has some play in it. Search "bad wheel bearings" and that should help.

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