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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 12-31-2012, 03:38 AM
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Over-revving sound when cornering at low speed

Hi

E39 530i 2001 180k miles still in remarkably good order, but recently...

1) have noticed slight burning/overheating smell - not managed to track it down yet but seems strongest coming out of bonnet by right hand side of windscreen (ie driver's side in UK).

2) occasionally hear a sort of "over-revving" sound when doing 90 degreee turns into side roads at 10-20 mph. Lasts about a second but is not coming from the engine itself (engine revs completely normal). Almost like a "whooossshhh" sound.

Oil has been a bit low lately (warning light coming on intermittently for last 200 or so miles) so plan to top up today but apart from that no other problems that I have noticed. Currently on red/amber Oil Service warning but would like to know a bit more before handing car over to mechanics - so...

Has anyone got any ideas what might be going on?

Thanks!
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:31 AM
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wat's dat noise
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1. your vlv cover gasket is leaking oil.oil seeps thru and drips on the exhaust manifold,burning the oil on contact hence smoke and smell.
2. don't know
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:45 AM
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Good suggestion Moots and thanks for that - but I got a new valve cover gasket fitted quite recently and I've checked it just now and it seems to be fine.

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Old 12-31-2012, 08:15 AM
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2) wheel bearings
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:39 AM
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Low oil and burning smell. Something somewhere must be leaking.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:24 AM
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2) wheel bearings
Thanks Fudman. To check, can I just jack up the car and see if there's any play in the wheels, or is it not as simple as that?

Re oil leaks - sounds like the most likely answer, though there aren't any oil spots on the driveway where I park the car. What would be the best way to track down any leak?

Thanks - really appreciate everyone's help!!
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