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Old 07-23-2013, 12:14 PM
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Unhappy ticking noise from door lock/seal when hot...

Has anyone else experienced this issue?

when driving, on regular non-harsh pavement, I get a clicking/ticking noise right near my left ear.... I thought it was coming from the seat belt area at first, but later I realized it was coming from the door lock/seal. because when i push the door outwards (while driving), the ticking noise goes away.

this only happens after the car's been parked outside, in hot temperature for a while.

i took it in to the dealer 3 times and they were not able to reproduce the issue.

anyone know if there's a simple fix to make this noise go away?
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:38 PM
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ticking noise from door lock/seal when hot...

Sounds to me it's plastic creaking / clicking that you are hearing. My cabin makes those noises all over.


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Old 07-23-2013, 03:00 PM
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I noticed a similar sound driving through the Mohave desert area going about 85 mph. Found it to be the black trim piece on the driver's door. Pushed on it and it moved slightly, so applied more pressure to re-seat the trim piece - no more clicking sound. When we returned home, I shimmed the slight space between the trim and the door with a small piece of black duct tape and that took care of the clicking. The wind buffeting plus the hot weather was probably the cause of the sound - not very noticeable except it was right by my ear!
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:25 PM
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is there a way to make the noise go away? its driving me crazy!
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:05 PM
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I noticed a similar sound driving through the Mohave desert area going about 85 mph. Found it to be the black trim piece on the driver's door. Pushed on it and it moved slightly, so applied more pressure to re-seat the trim piece - no more clicking sound. When we returned home, I shimmed the slight space between the trim and the door with a small piece of black duct tape and that took care of the clicking. The wind buffeting plus the hot weather was probably the cause of the sound - not very noticeable except it was right by my ear!
Can you be more specific which trim it is? Mine has the same problem, only at high speed, but it goes away when I pull the door a little bit.
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Old 07-11-2015, 06:06 PM
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I've actually noticed something similar with mine when my sound system is off. I usually notice it at low speeds when parking, but I would describe the sound as a creaking rather than clicking, and it seems to come from the steering column area (I also thought it was potentially from the door, the pedal area, the seat, you name it, but pretty sure it's the column). Apparently, this is a known issue that some have resolved by replacing or modifying certain seals on the steering column (and potentially doors). I think one forum even mentioned that there was a formal service bulletin from BMW on it. It's sort of random and doesn't happen all the time, but I'll get it checked out during my next scheduled service.
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Old 07-11-2015, 07:51 PM
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I've actually noticed something similar with mine when my sound system is off. I usually notice it at low speeds when parking, but I would describe the sound as a creaking rather than clicking, and it seems to come from the steering column area (I also thought it was potentially from the door, the pedal area, the seat, you name it, but pretty sure it's the column). Apparently, this is a known issue that some have resolved by replacing or modifying certain seals on the steering column (and potentially doors). I think one forum even mentioned that there was a formal service bulletin from BMW on it. It's sort of random and doesn't happen all the time, but I'll get it checked out during my next scheduled service.
Mine only happens at high speed,and goes away when I pull the door slightly. So I'm pretty sure it's something wrong with the door seal. I'll see if I can make it go away with some tape or glue.
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