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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 12-16-2014, 06:54 PM
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Engine noise

Hello. I have a 98 318i with a weird squall like sound when running. It's almost like a belt or pulley but I'm sure it's not. It sounds like it's coming from (looking at engine) the back right? Could somebody please help me! Thank you all. Merry Christmas
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Old 12-16-2014, 07:33 PM
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Record a video clip and post it so we can hear what you're trying to describe....
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:25 PM
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I can't get a video right now, I could get one tomorrow afternoon. It is more of a constant noise instead of a repetitive noise. (Don't make fun of me) it's like a constant woooooop. Instead of a woop woop woop. If you understand what I'm trying to say. Lol
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:27 PM
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I sprayed a little wd-40 on the pulleys and the starter. It seemed to help. Could the alternator make a little noise like that?
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:30 PM
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I'd advise you to stop spraying WD40 on everything that could make a noise. Spraying oil on your belts is the opposite of what you should do, since oil on belts makes them slip even more. The starter doesn't rotate when the engine is running, so that isn't your problem. Alternators can make noise if the bearing goes bad.
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