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      02-09-2013, 08:54 PM   #1
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Ticking Noise Under Hood (Video)

What is this ticking noise(!?):





Just started hearing tonight!

In the second clip, it’s there, increases in intensity, then stops, but returns...

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      02-09-2013, 10:22 PM   #2
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What is this ticking noise(!?):





Just started hearing tonight!

In the second clip, its there, increases in intensity, then stops, but returns
Sounds like a Diesel engine. I don't know why it is but definitely not normal.
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      02-10-2013, 12:41 AM   #3
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Sticky lifter? Bad gas?

Actually, it sounds like a fuel injector. That's how they sound sometimes - think static electricity.

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Its the fuel tank vent valve. The valve is located by the air box. Completely normal to hear it then it goes away. Different conditions cause it to actuate faster/slower or not at all.
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What engine is this?
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An N63 in a 750Li
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Isn't the N63 a direct injection engine? If so, ticking from the piezo electric injectors is normal... I have a similar sound on the N54, and the new N20's have very very loud injectors, almost sounding like a diesel.
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I'm not sure, as I've had the car for two years and haven't noticed this until now.

Do you hear how it's persistent in the first clip, but only heard for a few moments in the second clip, after which you hear normal engine noise...?
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Mine does the same at start up (N55) and it goes away after approx 5 min. It's done it since day 1 and I've had it for 3 months now with no issues.
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Mine does the same at start up (N55) and it goes away after approx 5 min. It's done it since day 1 and I've had it for 3 months now with no issues.
Okay, thanks, but the car was already driven for about 10-15 minutes when the video was shot (running into a restaurant to pick up dinner)... Maybe just a fluke incident.
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If i'm not mistaken, wouldn't low octane fuel cause that ticking noise?
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Not sure, but I always use Sunoco Ultra, which is 93 octane...
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If i'm not mistaken, wouldn't low octane fuel cause that ticking noise?
Low octane fuel will not cause a ticking noise @ idle at all.

Yes the N63 is direct injection. All BMWs direct injected motors are noisy, it is normal for it to sound the way they do in the video.

For the 2nd time. That ticking noise is the fuel tank vent valve. That is why you hear it sometimes and sometimes you do not. Its just actuating through its normal cycle. It actuates under different conditions. Ambient temp, fuel level, etc all have an affect on when it will actuate. Thats why you hear it sometimes and sometimes you do not
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