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E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 07-27-2012, 08:55 AM
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Question "Clicking" noise from B-pillar

We have a 2013 X5, currently about 6000 miles. There is an occasional noise which seems to be coming from the driver side B-pillar and not related to bumps or sudden stops. It seems to occur only when the weather is extremely hot. The only way I can describe it is like dropping a small metal nut or bolt into a plastic cup - not really a rattle, not really a squeak. It almost sounds like the seatbelt tensioner is self-adjusting or maybe it has to do with some plasting housing popping from heat. It doesn't seem do be similar to the weld problems mentioned in previous posts/threads. I have a feeling the dealer won't be able to reproduce it or hear without a decent drive, and it usually eventually stops. Anyone else hear this? Any ideas? Thanks
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:09 AM
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Yeah. It is really hard to prove this to the dealer.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:05 AM
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For sure.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:07 PM
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I hear the same thing on a daily basis, not from just that location, but from other pillars also - anywhere there is a plastic moldings "joint." My conclusion is that it is from the cooling of the car with the a/c on after sitting in the heat. Sounds just like the popping of heavy plastic from expansion/contraction caused by heating/cooling. I have had this same noise in other vehicles I have driven (Acura, Toyota, etc) where ever plastic parts come together. Not quite as bad as in my X5 though.
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:20 PM
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Several known issues on this. My 2011 had one and BMW bought it back. There have been other buybacks as well as there is no fix. Apparently a wielding issue
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:40 AM
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Sounds like some trim adjusting. Have had same thing on multiple cars. Leave it in the hot sun for a while, then hear all the popping a creaking as you drive it away until the cabin fully adjusts to new temperature. If it eventually stops or lessens, then likely not a weld issue. Dealer should be able to adjust the trim if noise really bothers you - felt or Teflon tape and what not. Have founds these sounds vary from season to season as well.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:34 AM
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I have 2013 and it has the same issue... when its hot outside, you hear it, but as the cabin cools, it goes away. Going to have the dealer lube it or tape it as another poster commented. should take care of it...
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:22 PM
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I think this is what I hear also. It's been at least 95 or higher all month, so it makes sense.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:56 PM
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Temp mid-80's today - no unusual noises - I don't think this is like the bad-weld situation (or at least I hope it isn't)
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:12 PM
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I find that it has to be 90+ for the noise to happen... Wish it didn't...
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:38 AM
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I have 2013 and it has the same issue... when its hot outside, you hear it, but as the cabin cools, it goes away. Going to have the dealer lube it or tape it as another poster commented. should take care of it...
how does the dealer know what to lube? I doubt ab SA will wait until a super-hot day and then drive around until he-she hears a one second noise.
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:45 PM
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90 in Charlotte NC today. My 2012 one month old X5d was doing it a little, If I lightly pressed on the cover that the seatbelt comes through in the B pillar the sound stopped, my 335i did the same.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:30 AM
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Yup - I think it has something to do with the mechanism that holds the seatbelt.
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:47 AM
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i have the same clicking/creaking sound coming from both B-pillar plastic covers. i think some felt tape on the inside of the plastic cover will take care that sound.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:06 AM
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I seriously thought I was crazy! It has been happening almost every time I drive it...sounds like what I would describe as a wooden floor setting as it is used more and more, or a piece of furniture, definitely a creaking sound. Good to know I am not the only person having this issue.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:49 AM
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My bet is the B pillar cover is held in place by those metal spring clips. Those clips might be the culprit. I'd pull the cover off but haven't a clue how to without possibly breaking something....
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:14 PM
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Exactly the same issues in my 2012. Seriously not happy about it and seems like a real quality control problem. You hit it on the head with the hot weather/cool down thing--that's exactly what I am experiencing. I want it like a tomb in there and that ain't happening.
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Old 08-04-2012, 11:54 AM
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Has anyone been able to convinve a SA that there is "problem"? I have this feeling they would slough this one right off since it is such an intermittent thing.
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:53 PM
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I haven't taken it in yet, but have my story ready. However, if anyone can tell me how to take the plastic piece off that has the seat belt in it then I may try to lube it myself... I spent some time with a tech on my 535 once and he showed me how they reduce these kinds of noises... Anyone know how to take this part off or know if you need special tools?
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Old 06-12-2013, 12:04 PM
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I have the same issue on my 2012 X5. The creaking/clicking sound from each B-pillar was getting much worse with the hotter weather. The dealer had a look and found a corresponding Service bulletin to address this. They performed the fix but it didn't help (at all).

The noise was so irritating I considered trading the X5 in for an ML350. Before doing so I decided to have a go at it myself and was able to eliminate the creaks without too much effort ...

Removed the air vent cover (snaps off), then the 3 screws holding it in place. Then removed the B-pillar plastic cover, pulling out from the bottom at the floor to release the 2 or 3 snaps. Then pull downward to remove.

Inside there is a two-part air duct leading to the rear vent. I removed that and systematically applied generous amounts of friction tape to every possible point of contact where the air duct, plastic cover and car body might touch, including where the vent opening meets the floor, and where the two vents connect to each other (that part also wrapped tightly with duct tape to ensure they don't move at all).

I also applied friction tape to completely cover each side of the exposed metal b-pillar, where the ribs in the plastic cover may come in contact with the metal body.

I then applied a 2" strip of velro (soft side only) to the entire length of the vent tube (facing out)... just to ensure no plastic to plastic contact from the b-pillar cover and vent tube.

Put the cover back on and the noise is completely eliminated. Tested on several hot days to confirm

I'm sure what I did was an overkill but didn't want to spend a day taping each section and re-testing. I'm just disappointed that BMW couldn't address this themselves.

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