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Old 12-16-2012, 07:28 AM
bldorsche bldorsche is offline
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2008 BMW X3 3.0si valve lifter/s ticking when COLD

My 2008 3.0si offers a valve ticking noise from one or more lifters after starting in the morning after the car sat outside in the cold temperature........ it disappears eventually after the engine warms up...... any OIL ADDITIVE that would address this issue? BARRY
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:30 AM
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Not really, but what frequency do you follow on oil changes?

There have been reports that more frequent changes (approx 7500 miles) has quieted it down. While I think there is a correlation with extended oil change and the noise I don't think oil type is a factor. Just use a BMW ll-01 approved oil.

As a side my 09 has 105k on it and does not have the lifter noise. I have followed 7500 mile oil changes since new.


I just read your post on the e60 forum. A 2008 with only 20k miles worries me! Run don't walk to your local BMW dealer and get a print out of the past service history. There is a chance the car has only had 1 oil change in the last 4 years.

On the other hand if its still under warranty...the ultimate fix is to replace the head with an updated part number....only worth while if on BMWs dime....step one is replacing the lifters and if that doesn't work replacing the head per the TSB.

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