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BimmerDriver 10-30-2012 04:54 PM

Weird noise on cold start
Hey guys,

I noticed last winter that after cold start my engine would whistle for a few seconds and then after it got slightly warm it would stop.

This year it seems to be getting worse, it's not even that cold and it pretty much only stops when the engine is at operating temp (so for quite a few minutes of driving), it's also way louder/annoying/embarassing.

It changes frequency when you rev and it doesn't happen during the summer so I'm thinking something to do with pulleys, belts, alternator, waterpump ??

Any ideas?

It's an S52B32.

doogee 10-30-2012 06:15 PM

The noise is coming from one of your accessories. More than likely either the alternator or a tensioner pulley.

BimmerDriver 11-01-2012 08:34 PM

Thanks Kurt!

Axxe 11-06-2012 10:15 PM

There is also an idler pulley that is notorious for making noise. Sounds like a pooched bearing.

Hurricane240 11-13-2012 12:13 PM

SAP for sure.

Bop it on its head a few times with your hand the tone will change.

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