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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

 
 
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:09 PM
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washing car and getting sizzle sound in engine bay?

after running the car to a friend's house for a wash (hot engine) i'm getting a sound like water (or another fluid) is dripping on a heat shield or something else really hot and its making a strong sizzling noise like the fluid is burning off really fast. it is more like a rapid/slow drip vs. a mass amount of fluid burning off.

ive never heard it before, im not washing any differently than before, i dont use pressurized water and im not doing stupid things like directly spraying water into the radiator or near the wipers.

ive heard it the last two washes now and pretty sure it is the hose water as i dont have any oil or coolant leaks...
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