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Old 04-05-2011, 02:41 PM   #1
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Howling noise as rpms rise

More often than not now I get a howling sound as my rpms rise. I have read some similar posts saying it is the intake boot. I attached this video I took on my to work this morning. Kinda hard to hear, but looking for some opinions. I visually inspected the elbow and it looks fine although I didn't get down in dirty this morning. I am also throwing codes about the secondary airflow too low on all cylinders. Wondering if this could be related. Thanks!

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Old 04-05-2011, 03:24 PM   #2
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Do you have a mechanical fan on your car, ie the fan is physically attached to the water pump? If yes -

With the motor off, can you spin the fan freely?

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Old 04-05-2011, 03:35 PM   #3
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The so-called "semi truck" sound is caused by the clutch fan as stated above.

Here's another way to test it. With the car parked in idle, see if you can slow and stop the fan with your hand or a newspaper. Gently see if you can stop the resistence of the spining fan.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL. Ive done the test and ended up getting a new fan clutch on my automatic, as it was very weak.


Heres a video I found on YT:




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Old 04-05-2011, 04:34 PM   #4
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I can't spin the fan when off and can't be stopped at idle.

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Old 04-05-2011, 05:47 PM   #5
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I can't spin the fan when off and can't be stopped at idle.
Then your fan clutch needs replacing.

Careful driving that around. Reports here of fans throwing blades at high rpm. I don't think those fans were meant to spin 1:1 with the water pump.

Replace it as soon as you can. Research the tools you need. It's a quick swap.

I emphasize not waiting too long to get that replaced. When the blades go, you could lose a radiator, some hoses, your fan shroud, and maybe even your hood.

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Old 04-05-2011, 09:59 PM   #6
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Alright got the 32mm wrench and water pump hub holder off ebay for $47 (almost as much as the fan clutch) and took the car to my parents house where I snagged my dads z3 until the parts come. Thanks for the help!
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Alright got the 32mm wrench and water pump hub holder off ebay for $47 (almost as much as the fan clutch) and took the car to my parents house where I snagged my dads z3 until the parts come. Thanks for the help!
Did you fix the "howling" noise issue?
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