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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 04-04-2015, 02:50 AM
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noise 316i

Hi buying a 95 build 316i m43 engine has a rattle from the front of the engine that comes and goes. Idle also veries from 700 to 1200 and back again. Revs out nice and hard though. I thought the rattle might be a bearing in the belt tensioner. Any ideas on these two things? Apart from that the front door handle is stuffed but not a lot else is wrong.
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Old 04-04-2015, 04:47 AM
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rattle could very well be your rubber bushing in your tensioner.
you can take it apart and check it, but sometimes they are so brittle they just fall apart anyways.

Door handle problem? Exact problem?
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Old 04-12-2015, 05:17 AM
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ok and she idles varying speed, drover her home after purchase, in neutral idles up to 2200 rpm then down to about 1200. Been told might me sticking idle control valve or intake vacuum leak. Have to continually take foot on and off throttle to maintain 100kmh. Goes ok it seems to me and at 200k handles beautifully just like a beemer should . No rattles clunks in front end.

Noise is still apparent round front motor I suppose remove the belt and see if still occurs.


Door reluctant to open from inside and wont from outside will investigate someone has taken door trim off and been into it.

Thank for help. Mick
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Old 05-01-2015, 06:04 AM
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Found the problem with idle pretty easy the crank case veent tube coming out of the rocker cover giant hole in it. Replaced that and the valve at inlet end. Idles smooth at 1000 rpm nice. Now to try and get the door handle (exterior ) off. Anyone got a good second hand???
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