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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 07-07-2012, 01:36 PM
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Mein Auto: 2002 540i6
Cold Start Rattle, high frequency whine, steering grind, 02' 540i6


*One second long rattle ONLY on cold start up
*High pitch frequency when car is warm (gets incrementally higher in pitch if you turn up A/C)
*Binding in steering at high RPM's
*A/C blows cold, all fluids stay full. It's been around 5k miles since my last oil change.

I've read about how the lifters just make the rattle, but, this noise has recently developed over the last two weeks.

Replacing the Timing Chain Tensioner is a great idea regardless so I will try that.

The car just turned over 91k
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:10 PM
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Mein Auto: '02 530i Sport auto
Check your air pump for rattling (right front fender). It is the only thing that operates on a cold start only.
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