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About Captain Beaky

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  • Birthday 08/10/1969

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    Llanelli, West Wales
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    Old Cars and Slow Birds
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    Old Shark Doctor


  • Garage
    E28 525e, 528i, Dolly Sprint, E30 touring, E30 Turbo E39-535i, 530d & 530d T

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  1. V8 Tapping Noise

    Hot Dogs for Tea Boys Changing the timing chain tensioner made absolutely no difference whatsoever, so i will be dumping the oil and going to 10w50
  2. V8 Tapping Noise

    Too early to say, there was the obvious noise from the tensioner not doing its job on start up because the oil had not hydraulically charged it, i did think about priming it first? however i have not read about anyone else doing this. Interestingly the noise on start up while the tensioner was charging was a completely different noise, it was a duller noise definitely chain on plastic, so i still think it's Vanos If this works though I will be eating Beanie Hat for tea not Hot Dogs
  3. V8 Tapping Noise

    This is why I don't buy from steelers! Because they f**k you when you order and F'**k at the counter and by the time your home it's too late you're f**ked After paying £84 for a tensioner I would expect to seem the copper washer/ crush washer whatever you want to call it. This is pennies to them and is a vital component to fitting the tensioner, BUT oh no! there isn't one there! Anyway the tensioner has been swapped out but i can see no real wear in the other, from previous posts a failed or weak unit should be shorter. So its in! Lets see what happens? I'm not convinced that this £84 was well spent but it does give reassurance I suppose.
  4. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    How much Dan?
  5. V8 Tapping Noise

    Yes you are right but the tensioner also has spring assistance and if the spring weakens it will will allow a degree of slackness in the chain, which is why I am replacing it as a matter of course. However this rattle has increased in intensity and frequency which points to the vanos and not the chain tensioner because of the wrong or thinner oil, so i am going to try 10w50 or 20w50
  6. V8 Tapping Noise

    I've bought a tensioner and will change it soon, however if there was the possibility of any debris in the sump I would have seen some evidence in the oil with the thorough examination it was given, I checked the plastic and muslin with a illuminated bench mounted magnifying viewer, the filter was washed out with petrol and both checked. If there was anything, even fine bearing material in there, this method would find it and is a proven method previous to this. I am convinced now it's the Vanos, ive changed the oil and the result is the rattle is more frequent, it's a definite step change which has caused a reaction. Opie Oils recommended 5W40 so I opted for the Gulf ULE, I don't know what oil was used previously this is the first change i've done on this car but it seems to have worsened the issue. The only other change was the oil filter, Opie supplied me with a K&N filter, has anyone used one of these before? The plan now is to drop the oil and try something else.
  7. V8 Tapping Noise

    Just done an oil change which has now increased the frequency of times it rattles on start up. When I drained the oil I used a clear plastic bag to line the bowl and after draining it out used a torch to shine through the plastic, there was nothing of interest, in addition I poured the oil through muslin as a strainer and nothing there either!
  8. V8 Tapping Noise

    Aye done all that so many times it hard to tell a knock from a rattle and it's only a sound bite before it's gone, I have an automotive stethoscope and it's still not definite, the ironic thing is that when its idling its so quiet you can't hear it so much so I left it running on the drive for hours once because i forgot about it, even the wife pulled up behind and did not realise. However chain slap! it is a possibility so I have ordered a chain tensioner from the steelers £84, should be here Tuesday.
  9. V8 Tapping Noise

    Dan how would I check for this? Would it be down to the oil?
  10. V8 Tapping Noise

    This rattle lasts only a few seconds, historically with other cars i would put money on the hydraulic tappet being worn or losing oil but I am not familiar with this engine. However today there has been nothing on start up or any time after?
  11. V8 Tapping Noise

    I've read plenty of threads on noisy V8 engines but none that really fully answer my question so I wanted to put it out there and see what advice comes back. My 2003 535i will now and again give a distinct rattle on start up, sometimes louder, sometimes subtle, sometimes its a harsh noise and other times more of a knock than a tap?? It is completely random I can go a week starting cold with no noise, then a week where it is there more often than not, the only constant is after driving if I leave it for an hour or so sometimes longer it will almost certainly rattle. I have just done an oil change and it seems worst, i used Gulf ULE 5w40 and a K&N oil filter, Now i've read about air in the oil and vanos and other stuff But what is it? Anyone?
  12. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Changed the oil today, used Gulf ULE 5w-40 and a K&N oil filter. However there's something not quite right with it and it was there before the oil change. Two issues 1. After leaving the car for an hr or more there is a audible rattle when starting, first thing in the morning is 99% okay but just now and again the same rattle occurs. 2. When cruising around i.e. feathering the throttle at about 2k the engine seems to surge slightly, up and down but only by about 100 rpm very subtle. ANY THOUGHTS ?
  13. E36 328i Auto Saloon

    Well Said Sir!! Well Said and don't forget the paper sills and wings
  14. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Living in one of the only places in the UK that probably got no snow of any meaning we went looking for some in the old girl armed with a few sledges
  15. What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Ah! that's the part-x price!! Personally having seen the car i think it's worth more, you just cannot put a price on a car with a comprehensive upkeep, real history, province or scrupulous maintenance however you wish to describe it. For any enthusiast when buying a car the person selling is equally as important as the car itself and scrutiny should be apportioned equally, PX simply does not allow for this, its an asset and that's all