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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Wed, Oct-10-2018, 02:31:19 PM   #1
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Default BMW E46 M3 - S54 Engine High RPM Noise

Recently, I am starting to hear metal tingling sound (quietly) whenever it goes over 5K RPM and holding constantly.
I am wondering if this noise is normal or related to valve adjustment/maintenance issue.

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Could be vanos


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Like rocks in a coffee can? Sounds like you need to maintain the car a little better (misfiring)
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Any lights on and if so whatís the codes? Also service history when was your last valve adjustment. It could be many things from the front of the engine to the back. If something happened to the clutch it can cause noises. What can happen with a clutch to make a noise like that is one of the fingers on the pressure plate breaks loose and makes racket.


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Default Re: BMW E46 M3 - S54 Engine High RPM Noise

The sound is very minor, engine still pulls very strong, no rattle or anything and no lights.
No engine hiccups or anything. Just trying to get some idea if anything needs to be done before the sound gets louder/worse.
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Like rocks in a coffee can? Sounds like you need to maintain the car a little better (misfiring)
Nothing like that, just very quiet metal tingling sound from the engine when holding onto high rpm.
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When was your last valve adjustment?


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When was your last valve adjustment?


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It was done around 65k miles, now it has 90k miles.
I did not hear any ticking sound when cold or hot.
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Iíd get it looked at by a professional if I were you. Could be a lot of things, most of which wonít be diagnosed by us keyboard warriors. Consider just getting a valve adjustment (youíre pretty much due for it anyway based on mileage alone) and do a compression test while your in there to ensure you donít have a head gasket leak (which can cause a lot of issues and misfires/detonation).


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