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Old 03-11-2014, 02:39 PM
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N54 Turbo - Does your Wastegate rattle?

We have recently serviced an N54 unit due to both turbine wastegates having developing a rattle. Although the internal components appeared to be in fair shape, both turbos had an audible rattling noise upon activation of the vacuum actuated wastegates.
With this becoming a common issue with the N54 engine, we thought it would be a good idea to see what sort of solutions the Bimmerfest community has come up with.

Although we replaced both defective turbos with new factory units, we were curious if someone may have gone a different root.
Drilling into the turbine housing to install a regular boost pressure controlled wastegate would certainly be an option.
Fitting aftermarket turbos without the internal wastegate can also be considered.

Besides these options, has anyone considered or embarked on a different solution to this issue?

Post your pictures, illustrations and comments and let us see how everyone has come to deal with this problem!

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So what does cause the rattle? Is it a moving part against a moving part? Is it the actuator? Is it shoddy materials?
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There are several post to do with this issue on here . Some mention just disconnecting the valve / unplugging it. Apparently does no harm nor does it trip any sensors . I have the same problem and would love to find out how to correct it .
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