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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 07-03-2017, 04:03 PM
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My beloved 530 has started to knock however only around 2/3 thousand rpm it dies it stopped in neutral or driving please please help i love this car but cant afford a timing chain at the moment which may force me to sell it ive spent so much time and money on other things now this!!! If you guys need a video of the sound i can re create it but its really bad borderline between a knoock and crunch or marbles. No power loss whatsoever no CEL
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Old 07-03-2017, 04:10 PM
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You're going to have to post a video, your description is not helpful on a forum.
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Old 07-03-2017, 04:24 PM
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I figured as much it sounds like a knock but stops when i release the gas will do once im home.
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Old 07-03-2017, 04:25 PM
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Basically when my revs hit 2/3 thousand rpm it has a horrendous knocking sound driving or just revving at a stand still. Car has 136 thousand miles
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Old 07-03-2017, 04:42 PM
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Sounds like vanos. Do you have any check engine light codes? Do you have a code reader? Can you take it to an indy with a code reader?

Also no need to worry about the timing chain guides. Thats a v8 thing.

So make a video of the noise and get the codes read at autozone or a shop
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Old 07-03-2017, 04:45 PM
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No CEL no codes
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:35 PM
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Might not believe this, but it could be , one of the cats. Have you ever had a P0430, or a P0420 code?
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Old 07-03-2017, 09:46 PM
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I dont believe so and it sounds like its coming from the block starting to get worried was thinking maybe the timing chain guides went
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Old 07-03-2017, 10:41 PM
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Here is the long awaited video
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Old 07-03-2017, 10:41 PM
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How do i put a video up
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:12 PM
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Old 07-04-2017, 02:06 AM
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Other than the noise, are there any other symptoms (like black or white smoke from the exhaust, leaks, ...?). And no, that is NOT the noise of failing timing chain on the V8 engine, that you do not have...!!
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Old 07-04-2017, 06:36 AM
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thats a clogged or broken cat or hopefully an exhaust leak
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:17 AM
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Its when i put my foot on the gas it does it thats why it stops
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Old 07-04-2017, 10:18 AM
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Never heard of an exhaust leak or broken cat making that noise
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Old 07-04-2017, 12:19 PM
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I hope I'm wrong but it sounds like bad rod bearings. Have it inspected by a professional. Also, (a long shot) try unplugging the DISA valve electrical connector (search) and see if that sounds goes away.
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Old 07-04-2017, 02:48 PM
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Replaced whole disa valve 3 months ago and it stops when i take foot off the gas or once i hit 4-5 thousand rpms
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Old 07-04-2017, 02:50 PM
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Also if i put it in neutral and rev it doesnt happen
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Old 07-04-2017, 08:29 PM
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Open your hood. If you are using an iPhone, hold it horizontal with the volume
buttons pointing downward and take a good video of the engine compartment
starting on the driverside and get a good shot of the Alternator and the Vanos
area then ending at the passenger rear by the exhaust where the
Catalytic Converters are. The Catalytic Converters on your car are part of
the Exhaust Manifold/attached as in one unit per bank. Hopefully it's not
your Cats.

Have someone rev it and emulate the noise in all of these areas while you
take the video. I'm curious as to the noise you got going on but I can't make
any sense of where the noise is coming from in that video.

Are you saying the noise does not occur at all if the car is in neutral?

Is your 530i, Year? an automatic or a manual?

iPhone or Android, doesn't matter, take videos and pictures in the
horizontal position and with the hood open.
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Old 07-04-2017, 08:56 PM
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Its a 2001 530i auto 136 thousand miles on er the thing is i have zero power loss no chug feeling just horrible nois which makes me scared to drive so im not driving it at the moment. Also the sound haporns strictly when on the gas at idke you wouldnt even know it did this in the slightest its usually between 2-4 thousand rpms and stops after that driving or reving
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Old 07-04-2017, 09:01 PM
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Post a good video.
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Old 07-05-2017, 08:10 AM
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You stated that it doesn't make that noise in neutral, it can't be the rods or engine or cats, these noises would not go away in neutral. Sounds like it will be most likely be a cracked flywheel/flex plate on the back of the engine in which the transmission torque converter attaches too. google it
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Old 07-05-2017, 08:22 AM
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Thanks alot i will check into was thinking guibo sounds like its coming from engine though sadly
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Old 07-05-2017, 08:30 AM
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Thanks alot i will check into was thinking guibo sounds like its coming from engine though sadly
A broken flywheel/flexplate sounds exactly like a rod knock. A CCV pump when broken could sound like an engine issue also, unplug the hose coming from the valve cover to the CCV pump and start car and see if noise goes away....probably not so, I would bet it's a flex plate only becuase you said the noise doesn't happen in neutral. good luck! I've seen this plenty of times in my past 25 years.
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Old 07-05-2017, 08:31 AM
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Flexplate =/= Guibo. the flexpate on these does crack from time to time, and that could be your problem.
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