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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 05-13-2012, 09:08 AM
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e39 Noise

I`m kind of obsessed about the noise my car is making, I made 2 videos and posted them on youtube. I have an e39 2171cm M54 engine with 170bhp

First noise problem I have is one I hear from outside of the car, especially when I have the hood closed I can hear it from the wheel arch. It`s a ticking sound


The second problem, when I get into my car in the morning, theres a weird sound coming from the back of the AC Control Pannel, sounds like a worn out PC fan


If any of you guys can help me I would appreciate it
Thanks in advance
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:20 PM
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1. I'd guess VANOS or lifter noise. The VANOS assembly can develop play which can cause the noise. See www.beisansystems. com.

2. The IHKA panel has a fan inside to measure cabin temperature. The fan blades can collect dirt, esp if you are a smoker. Remove the cup holder panel, and reach up and push out the IHKA panel. Clean and lube the fan.
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:42 PM
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1. I'd guess VANOS or lifter noise. The VANOS assembly can develop play which can cause the noise. See www.beisansystems. com.

2. The IHKA panel has a fan inside to measure cabin temperature. The fan blades can collect dirt, esp if you are a smoker. Remove the cup holder panel, and reach up and push out the IHKA panel. Clean and lube the fan.
Is it normal for the fan to work 24/7? It's always on
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