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Old 08-17-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
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Whistle/whine/squeal at WOT?

Hey guys,

Just came back from my first roadtrip in my BMW (OH to NJ and back again). Man this car is smooooth!

This meant that I finally had some solid opportunities to see how my car behaves at WOT while shifting through the gears. I noticed that if I was at WOT, around 4500 RPM a whistle/squeal/whine (hard to describe unfortunately) would briefly appear. It would get louder as I neared redline. If I shifted near redline, the whistle would fade out and resume, again increasing as the RPMs surged higher. Only when I hit 6th gear (and presumably left the powerband) the whistle would drop out entirely even if I went WOT, like when flooring it in 6th to go from 75 to 80.

I recently changed my oil and belts (but not pulleys) before going on the trip, so I wonder if my underdrive pulleys are just starting to go, and its only noticeable at high RPM? Normally, I don't take the car much beyond 3,000 in my daily drives, so I could see this. Does this sound likely to you guys?

Thanks, I would also appreciate any other ideas I could look into.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:04 PM   #2
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Either intake boot crack or water pump going bad I had the same problem but it was the water pump.
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Old 08-18-2009, 03:45 PM   #3
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Either intake boot crack or water pump going bad I had the same problem but it was the water pump.
Thanks for the reply, I8URAMG!

Uh oh, I'm hoping not the water pump I know that the thermostat and possibly the expansion tank were overhauled by the PO, but the waterpump looks original... Is there anything else I can do to help pinpoint the water pump as the cause??
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:50 AM   #4
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Really not much its hard to pinpoint what year and model is it?
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Old 08-19-2009, 06:27 AM   #5
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Pop the hood, and have some rev the car for you, while you listen for the noise and see where its coming from
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:51 AM   #6
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vacuum leak. check the intake boot and the little piece that comes off it to the idle air valve. i circled the pieces
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:14 AM   #7
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It's the deer whistles on your bumper. I bet you didn't hit any deer during your road trip, did ya!
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:58 PM   #8
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Old 08-20-2009, 06:03 AM   #9
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I got today a high pitch whistle noise , but bearably could be heard, but could be heard at idle. So I did troubleshooting, with air conditioner and without. So I shut down a car for second or two, start up again without air conditioner, so there is no whistle noise can be hear, then turn on air conditioner and whistle come back after 1-2 min working at idle speed. I have tried increase RPM, but a whistle have not increased. So I went to read here and bimmerfest about the whistle, after 30-40 min, I have start up a car again without air conditioner and drove for couple miles, the whistle didn't come back and same happened with air conditioner after couple miles. I have checked a famous duct/boot, there is no holes I couldn't find while visual inspection. There is no check engine light.
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Old 08-20-2009, 06:23 AM   #10
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i have the same whistle - and i have no idea what it is. i already checked the intake boot for leaks, its not that. im guessing its prob the water pump.
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:51 AM   #11
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I have more of a mechanical sounding whine at WOT. I thought it was the lower intake boot, but I replaced it and it still making the sound. I've been reading up here on CCV and the DISA causing problems, mine has developed a bit of a rough idle. I have new belts and pulleys, and haven't had any coolant related issues
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:10 PM   #12
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vacuum leak. check the intake boot and the little piece that comes off it to the idle air valve. i circled the pieces
Thanks, I will definitely check that out!

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Pop the hood, and have some rev the car for you, while you listen for the noise and see where its coming from
Why didn't I think of that... Thanks!
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Old 08-26-2009, 12:55 AM   #13
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I have low pitched noise..(Something rotating? hard to explain...). something similar to noise that you hear when a/c is on..
but it gets louder if rpm goes up..
It is loud and comes and goes... it's there about 70% of time tho..

Any idea where this noise is coming from?
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Old 08-26-2009, 01:58 AM   #14
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i thought all of our cars whistled?
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:42 PM   #15
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You actually have to take this out to see this. The best DIY I have done so far, the whistle noise was driving me Insane Make sure you have the right boot before taking it all off. Stealership gave me a wrong boot, very similar to the one that was torn but I made it work anyway, just looks kinda wierd There is a step by step with picture somewhere in the forum, just search for it.
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