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Old 07-04-2019, 03:15 PM
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Elm will only find basic codes.


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Well the one I wanted didn't work out. I've seen a 4.6 which has got me interested but it does mention a rattle. It says that they thought it was the timing chain guides and changes those, the chain, the sprockets and the the tensioners but the rattle remained.

Seller believes it's the vanos unit now. Any ideas on the likelihood of that? I have done the bolts, cleaned the solenoids and changed all the seals on an E36 M3 Evo Vanos before, but not touched any other models. I'm tempted though. Though I'd prefer a facelift car the 4.6 appeals... And it has LPG.
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Old 07-15-2019, 03:57 PM
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The base rattle is from tensionER. Find out if they put in an OEM tensioner when they did the chain guides. Chain guides fail when the tensioner fails. People will skip replacing the part that actually was the problem because it "looks" ok.
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I'll try. The seller says the rattle does change with engine speed. Does that still point at the tensioner?
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Rattle tends to fade over time like better after 20 minutes but I'd have to hear an audio clip to have any solid help.

Vanos are known to rattle there is a whole industry to fix it


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Most of the time you can use an auto stethoscope to pinpoint the source of the rattle. There are several possibilities that could be the problem. Could even be external. Troubleshoot, troubleshoot, troubleshoot. Suggest finding out if it is worse with a cold start, loss of performance, engine running rough etc.
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Yes engine stethoscope good plan.


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I've got an ELM327 reader and I also have an old laptop with INPA on it and a BMCABLES setup somewhere at home. I just don't know what the seller will say when I ask to scan it
If he won't let you scan it, than just walk away. He might be trying to hide something. Plenty of BMW on the market these day.
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If he won't let you scan it, than just walk away. He might be trying to hide something. Plenty of BMW on the market these day.
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Zero chance I would buy a car so scanning codes. Also. Check emissions readiness. If not ready means seller reset reset recently.


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