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New Timing Chain still has Death Rattle ?

Old 02-26-2019, 07:30 PM
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Default New Timing Chain still has Death Rattle ?

Hey guys, been battling with this 2009 Mini R56, N12 (non-turbo) for some time now…

The car has been very well maintained; but it did jump time due to a failed tensioner. It started and ran, but inconsistently and mostly rough; although the engine did not make any odd noises.

So… I have replaced the timing chain, guides, tensioner and crank sprocket.
The tensioner is the 5th generation revision. Part: 11317607551
The chain kit is by: Febi Bilstein.

Runs and drives great now, no codes…
But, it has what seems to be “The Death Rattle” at cold startup.
Here is a video of a complete cold start; as you can hear the rattle goes away.

If it didn’t have all the new parts in there I’d know exactly what to look into, but given it’s got a new chain and all that… Any suggestions what to do? I don’t want to keep changing the chain just to have it keep rattling when cold. It is full of fresh 5w30 mobil 1 oil. I even added a little extra just to see if that’d help.
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