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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:11 PM
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Weird M42 rattle- start up (Video)

Hi fellas,

I noticed this weird start up about a week ago. It only happens overnight or when the car has been sitting for more than 5+ hours. It sounds like something scraping or rattling, any clues to what it is?

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Sounds like vale lifters. (hydraulic) likely not a big deal.
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Yeah, that's just your lifters making noise. Be certain that: A) you have enough oil in the crankcase, and B) you're using the correct oil viscosity.
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Yeah, that's just your lifters making noise. Be certain that: A) you have enough oil in the crankcase, and B) you're using the correct oil viscosity.
If I check the oil in the crankcase and see that it is at the right amount and it still occurs, is it a big issue which needs to be addressed?
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No, I wouldn't worry about it.
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No, I wouldn't worry about it.
Sounds good. Thanks, it just sounded worrying to me.
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A lot of brand new engines do this even. As long as it goes away within a few seconds, you're fine. But like I said, check your oil level and be certain you're using the correct viscosity.
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A lot of brand new engines do this even. As long as it goes away within a few seconds, you're fine. But like I said, check your oil level and be certain you're using the correct viscosity.
Sounds good man, thanks again.
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