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Old 10-30-2011, 01:05 PM   #1
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Lifter ticking?

I have a 99, 323i and I hear this loud ticking, it's really annoying my mechanic told me its the lifters, does anyone know who to get this fixed, I hear it when the car is parked, and when I accelerate you could hear it faster, and also underneath my steering wheel, on my foot pedals, I hear and feel like if someone was scratching or knocking its really really weird.. Can you give me advice or help? thanks. I'm new to BMW

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Old 10-30-2011, 01:33 PM   #2
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First two things you should do is check the oil level and for the ticking I would disconnect the DISA valve and see if the ticking goes away.
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:54 PM   #3
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A ticking lifter is something you will have to deal with if that's what it is. Its a couple grand to fix it, and it really doesn't hut to drive it. You can drive another 100k miles with a ticking lifter. It will just annoy the hell out of you. You're engine won't blow up lol. Its something that happens to our cars since they have hydraulic lifters, I wish we had solid lifters in the non ///M's
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:27 PM   #4
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use a screw driver try to hear around.
I thought my engine had lifter tick but no, its the injectors that are making the noise.
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:39 PM   #5
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Using mobil 1 makes your engine sound like marbles in a tin can. Replace with BMW or Castrol oil instead.
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:39 PM   #6
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:39 PM   #7
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Using mobil 1 makes your engine sound like marbles in a tin can. Replace with BMW or Castrol oil instead.
BMW = Castrol, FYI
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:48 PM   #8
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I suggest you get a proper diagnosis from another mechanic, one that works on BMWs everyday.

Simply by your explanation of this "ticking", it could be a few things. It could be DISA, it could be VANOS, it could be your dual mass flywheel clunking misunderstood for ticking. So many things could "tick" in your car.

You need proper diagnosis from experienced people.

Or at least post a video.
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:44 AM   #9
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:57 AM   #10
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First two things you should do is check the oil level and for the ticking I would disconnect the DISA valve and see if the ticking goes away.
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A ticking lifter is something you will have to deal with if that's what it is. Its a couple grand to fix it, and it really doesn't hut to drive it. You can drive another 100k miles with a ticking lifter. It will just annoy the hell out of you. You're engine won't blow up lol. Its something that happens to our cars since they have hydraulic lifters, I wish we had solid lifters in the non ///M's
Do you even know how loud a m3 ticks? MUCH louder than a good running non-m. Trust me
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Do you even know how loud a m3 ticks? MUCH louder than a good running non-m. Trust me
After a few runs at the last Autox, I had some of the worst valve tick (I think, at least) that I have ever had. I followed to the rev to 3k or 3k procedure, then drive for a half a mile and it has yet to return since.
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Old 11-01-2011, 03:14 PM   #12
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i will check out the valve cover it might be that, the thing that worries me is the vibration or scratching by the footpedal area
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After a few runs at the last Autox, I had some of the worst valve tick (I think, at least) that I have ever had. I followed to the rev to 3k or 3k procedure, then drive for a half a mile and it has yet to return since.
I've seen and heard multiple 330's do this.

I'm talking like a day-to-day valve tick. Just like sitting in a parking lot at idle.
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:01 PM   #14
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An E46 with lifter tick?! NO WAY?!
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:07 PM   #15
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I've seen and heard multiple 330's do this.

I'm talking like a day-to-day valve tick. Just like sitting in a parking lot at idle.
mine never ticks, only the injectors tick.
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:27 PM   #16
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mine never ticks, only the injectors tick.
do you drive hard for up to 20 mins at a time, spending alot of time at or near 6500-7000 rpm in 105 degree heat?

And I'm talking about off-road driving conditions. Track/autox
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:29 PM   #17
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If it's truly lifter tick, you can try using Rislone engine treatment... has good reviews.

http://www.barsproducts.com/100QR.htm

Also, using different weight of oil has known to help.

Google is your friend.

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Old 11-01-2011, 08:00 PM   #18
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I experience this tick during/after autox or track days. I'm sure its happening all the time under these conditions but it is only noticeable when at a stand still. It does worry me when the engine is very hot because it's so loud but I guess it has been decided that lifter tick is normal
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