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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 12-02-2012, 05:31 PM
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E36 engine sound can it be identified? is it healthy?

E36 engine sound can it be identified? is it healthy?

I just need a second opinion.



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Old 12-02-2012, 05:48 PM
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Sounds like a lifter to me.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:49 PM
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whats a lifter? you worry me...=\

how is that sentence anyway helpful?
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:05 PM
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are they easy to fix?
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:06 PM
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It's lifter tick. I'm not sure if it is serious on the M44/2 but us M50 folks usually ignore it.

Try changing your oil.
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that looks like an m40, 1.6??

valve lifters are hydraulic, and not adjustable. if the mileage looked correct, you have 274k kilometrs. these things do not last forever.

you could try some lucas oil treatment to see if that quiets them, but you may very well be looking at replacing them.

i would do the entire set, though, if the oil treatment doesn't help.

cd2 is also a good product, but not sure if available in your neck of the woods.



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Old 12-02-2012, 06:19 PM
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Thanks guys year its a bit old but she still has life in her =)

Had oil service not tolong ago so id assume it would need to replace them?

Is this a difficult task, will i be alright to do this my self?

also is it urgent or is it on of thought back burning problems?
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:20 PM
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and yes your correct its an m40 1.6 Lr
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no, not really 'urgent' in the sense that it will cause a no start or leave you strandd. it'll just make lots of racket.

you could always turn the radio up..



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Old 12-02-2012, 07:13 PM
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haha i will go with the radio up exit strategy for now =P

so shouldnt effect engine longevity if i leave it for a while till i can repair it?
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well, you're not planning on driving across the continent, are you??


you probably should be ok, as lifter noise in not uncommon on higher mileage engines. most guys runn a thicker oil to quiet things down.



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i want to run it interstate for xmas, 705 km there and a week later 705km back. 7 hrs with intervals.

480km to my destination and then two days after a farther 200kms and then that reversed

What do you suggest?

Is she going to be ok going that far?

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If it is a noisy lifter (and it does sound like it) it will be fine.

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whats a lifter? you worry me...=\

how is that sentence anyway helpful?
It's helpful because you could do a SEARCH in this sub forum for LIFTER and you would have gotten tons of info.
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