What do you know about the infamous BMW lifter tick? The sound can be continuous or occasional and often occurs as a tapping, ticking, or clicking noise. The type and duration of the noise can often indicate the severity of the issue, from a minor annoyance to a major repair concern. Lifter tick won’t stop your car from running, and many people may not even pay attention to the sound. Still, it’s recommended that you don’t ignore any kind of weird sound your vehicle is making as this can cause major damage in the long run. As with most automobile engine issues (major or minor) this one requires maintenance. The good news is this particular repair can sometimes be as simple as an oil change. In rare cases, you may need to change the entire lifter to get rid of that bothersome ticking sound. In any case, you’ll want to make sure you resolve the issue to protect the life of your BMW.
It is a universally accepted fact that not using BMW certified oil in your BMW or MINI vehicle will cause hydraulic lifter ticking. BMW independently formulates its engine oils to properly lubricate the hydraulic lifters and prevent premature engine wear. If you are experiencing hydraulic lifter ticking “flush” the engine as follows:
So, What’s A Lifter?The lifter (also known as a hydraulic lifter valve) is a small cylinder located next to your hydraulic valve. The lifter and the hydraulic valve are both connected by a small rod called the rocker arm. The lifter’s main job is to make sure that the engine is running quietly and performing efficiently, two features you are certain to want out of your BMW. In older vehicles, it is not uncommon for the lifters to make a ticking noise. Fixing the sound is usually cheap, and there are multiple reasons why it might be occurring. 1. Dirty Engine Oil The engine of your BMW depends on certified oil to provide proper lubrication and ensure peak performance. During your vehicle’s life, the engine oil will contain foreign particulates due to typical wear and tear. It is recommended you always get your oil changed and checked routinely, to maintain the life of your vehicle. If you don’t change the engine oil at regular intervals, dirt and sludge may build up and clog the engine lifter, causing it to make this ticking sound. New engine oil will help clean contaminates from the engine and in most cases will fix your BMW's engine ticking. If you change the oil and still hear the noise, there may be another underlying issue causing the noise.
- Replace the current oil and filter with a certified BMW brand.
- Drive the vehicle for about 50 miles.
- Replace the oil and filter again. This should flush out all of the bad engine lubricant and cure any lifter ticking.
So, How Do I Fix my BMW Lifter Tick?As discussed above, if the lifter is not mechanically damaged then the solution is with the lubrication system. Changing your engine oil is always the first thing to do, although you may also consider cleaning the engine lifter with an oil additive. It’s also possible that your mechanic may have to change the lifter spacing, as there should be a balance between it and your other engine components. Getting this balance is no easy task and will require a professional. In some cases, your mechanic might suggest fixing the pushrod as well. The average cost for fixing your BMW’s ticking noise most likely will be as cheap as an oil change, although if it is permanently damaged the cost will run in the 1000s of dollars. Keeping a strict engine oil and filter maintenance plan as well as only using BMW certified lubricants is essential to keeping your vehicle running strong and avoiding lifter ticking sounds. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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