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Old 06-15-2017, 07:48 PM   #41
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Love your thread. You are doing everything that I want to do to my car. Keep posting!
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:35 PM   #42
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My noisy lifters came back with a vengeance. Louder than ever.

I know, I know, I should just ignore it and drive the car. But it's pretty embarrassing, and I can hear it even with the windows up and music cranked.

I had temporarily solved it by switching from 5w30 to 0w40 (Castrol). Now that it's back, I found that the only way to really quieten it down was to "overfill" with oil when the dipstick was at its max mark. But this makes me uncomfortable. This also makes me think that oil isn't getting all the way to the back of the top end (lifter tap is coming from the back of the engine). This lead me to read that it could be a side effect of a bad chain tensioner. Anyone have any experience/knowledge on this?

I was just about ready to look into fitting new lifters, all 24 of them. But then I added a can of Wynn's hydraulic lifter treatment to the oil, and hey presto, the car is the quietest I've ever heard it.

Seems a little foolhardy getting so obsessed over a noise that doesn't really do much harm, but in the time that I do own this car, it would be great to say I enjoy it 100%.
If it continues do an oil change with a heavier weight oil (Like you already added.) Then let the car get to temp, then rev the car at 3k for about 10min. Usually quiets them up right away.
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Old 06-16-2017, 06:03 AM   #43
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Love your thread. You are doing everything that I want to do to my car. Keep posting!
Thanks, man. Appreciate it. Love the stock look, with a few subtle changes.

You got any pics?
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Old 06-16-2017, 06:05 AM   #44
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If it continues do an oil change with a heavier weight oil (Like you already added.) Then let the car get to temp, then rev the car at 3k for about 10min. Usually quiets them up right away.
Cheers! Will try this. I just hold the revs at 3k for 10 solid minutes?

The current oil is a mix of 5w30 and 0w40. Need a new oil sensor desperately, so will do a full oil change during that job.
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Old 06-16-2017, 03:56 PM   #45
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Cheers! Will try this. I just hold the revs at 3k for 10 solid minutes?



The current oil is a mix of 5w30 and 0w40. Need a new oil sensor desperately, so will do a full oil change during that job.


Yep, or until they get quiet. Good luck!


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Old 06-16-2017, 09:11 PM   #46
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Great thread, glad I ventured to the showroom section!
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Old 06-19-2017, 03:56 AM   #47
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Great thread, glad I ventured to the showroom section!
Thank you, sir.
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Old 07-15-2017, 02:26 PM   #48
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Oh man. What a difference an oil change makes.

I'm now running 100% Castrol Edge 0w40 instead of whatever the mechanic put in and my 0w40 top-ups on top of that.

Red and yellow oil lights have been off for the last two days.

Absolutely no noise what so ever from the top end. Lifter tick and a horrible metallic noise at high revs have gone.

Car feels super smooth. More so than ever.

Can now reallocate the budget to new alternator and a few small dent repairs.


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Old 07-20-2017, 01:10 PM   #49
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What us Brits call a rainy day job. And what do you know... it's a rainy day.

One of the engine cover nuts/bolts were not threading, so I had to split it off.

Picked up a new cover on Ebay for 10.

Very small but very satisfying job.
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Old 07-20-2017, 01:53 PM   #50
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hmm. I like how your dashboard has a little drawer under the LCM. Mine doesn't have that...could you take a picture of it open? I'm curious what the layout is
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Old 07-20-2017, 03:05 PM   #51
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hmm. I like how your dashboard has a little drawer under the LCM. Mine doesn't have that...could you take a picture of it open? I'm curious what the layout is


Sure thing. I'll upload a photo tomorrow morning.

It's a pretty useful box. I keep my OBD adapter in there.

Does your E46 not have it?
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Old 07-20-2017, 06:49 PM   #52
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Old 07-21-2017, 10:41 PM   #53
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Sure thing. I'll upload a photo tomorrow morning.

It's a pretty useful box. I keep my OBD adapter in there.

Does your E46 not have it?
after looking around on google images (lol) I think that prefacelifts don't have this extra pocket...
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Old 07-24-2017, 02:59 AM   #54
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If I knew what a difference removing the CDV would make, I'd have done it way sooner. And pretty easy to do, considering this was my first time underneath a car.

As I mentioned in the general updates thread, you really notice the difference when changing from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd. That nasty dip in momentum has disappeared. I pulled away from the lights this morning, fully anticipating that awful "double lunge" that I'd become so used to. And it just wasn't there. Takeoff was as smooth as anything.

One thing I have noticed is that I've lost the jolt/tug that I would get when changing from 3rd to 4th and 4th to 5th under hard acceleration. It gave a nice illusion of power. But turns out it was the CDV all along. I think I'll miss that.

So, with fresh oil and no CDV, this car is finally feeling like it should. Ask me two weeks ago how I was enjoying my E46 and I would have given you a different answer. It really feels incredible to drive now, and I can't wait to get back under the car again. So much so that I've ordered new fuel filter to fit next weekend.
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Old 07-24-2017, 02:44 PM   #55
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