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Old 11-03-2013, 04:19 AM
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Ticking nose when started from cold??

Hi all. When I started my 2008 325i this morning it was making a ticking nose in the engine bay. It also sounding a bit like a diesel car. Any ideas as I haven't had a BMW before so worried ?? Any help would be good


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Old 11-03-2013, 04:23 AM
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Ticking nose when started from cold??

Sounds like lifters, it's a very common issue with the N52/N52k engine


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Old 11-03-2013, 04:27 AM
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Hi all. When I started my 2008 325i this morning it was making a ticking nose in the engine bay. It also sounding a bit like a diesel car. Any ideas as I haven't had a BMW before so worried ?? Any help would be good

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This is caused by "insufficient air-free oil reaching the hydraulic valve adjusters". Basically it is caused by short journeys. There is a "bleeding" procedure that BMW came up with if you can't put up with the noise.

It isn't a problem and doesn't cause damage to the engine, even if it is annoying. It appears usually after 50k miles has been covered.

Reports suggest the problem is cured by replacing some parts, but others that this doesn't even solve it.
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Ticking nose when started from cold??

Ok. I am haveing the car serviced nxt wk is there a oil I can use that would help this prob?. All so noticed a taping noise when pulling off it makes the sort off noise than the car makes when u pull off in a to high a gear but dose it on any gear high or low. ?


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Stick with what BMW recommends for oil. If anything, the recommended Castrol oil which is relatively thin, 5W-30, would be better anyway because it would more easily spray around at lower oil pump pressure. I can't imagine the noise you mean, not sure how the noise of an engine straining is a tapping noise.

How many miles on the car?

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The only way to permanently get rid of the ticking is to replace the engine head with the updated part number or drive for longer distances.

The new head incorporates a check valve to maintain oil pressure when then engine is off. This prevents the lifters from ticking on start up.

If you drive longer distances, the engine will return to normal.
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