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Intermittent low knocking from engine bay, heard when hot and at idle - s70 NA Manual

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Re: Intermittent low knocking from engine bay, heard when hot and at idle - s70 NA Manual

Post by abscate » Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:50 am

I completely forgot about the freewheeling pulley

That came on in the 1999 models and the SERP belt route changes ( the alternator spins backwards relative to the rest of the cars this Forum)

I have the splinedtool to remove the pulley, that sucker is on really tight and is a left hand thread.

The hose method would point this. If you remove the SERP belt you can also feel the alt pulley and tensioner for play.
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Re: Intermittent low knocking from engine bay, heard when hot and at idle - s70 NA Manual

Post by theWIFES_S70 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:04 pm

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Sounds like this is loose... I'd make sure this piece is tightened down enough. Pretty easy to get a wrench on it. I had a similar sound 6 years ago.


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Re: Intermittent low knocking from engine bay, heard when hot and at idle - s70 NA Manual

Post by smacknab » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:25 am

Just to update this. The noise got really really loud and no longer intermittent. My car ended up having a no-start issue which I eventually found out was caused by a seized ac compressor. So, not sure which came first, since the mechanics did seem adamant that there was play in the alternator pulley, but maybe that was damaged by a improperly working ac compressor.



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Re: Intermittent low knocking from engine bay, heard when hot and at idle - s70 NA Manual

Post by abscate » Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:54 pm

Could be, but more than likely they missed it. It happens

Eventually you will find out your next timing belt on your 1999 isn’t due until 310,000 miles, but I’ll keep that secret for now


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