In Reply to: Ticking noise in engine- any help? posted by M3-Ed on September 17, 2000 at 01:39:10:
Practically every E36 M3 that I have seen has demonstrated this "ticking" phenomena. it is said to be the valves , b/c under extreme conditions they will open wider and longer than normal.
I was told that it was not that big a deal, but here are some tips that I have thought of to keep your car cooler at auto-x and track events.
-when you finish your event, turn the heat on full blast and pop your hood, drive back to your staging or parking spot...keep a target of about 2500 rpm (that is supposed to be the engine speed that moves the coolant most efficiently)
I then open the hood completely, and let the car idle for a few minutes with the heat on full blast.
when letting your car sit, don't put on the E-brake. this will warp your rotors, as they are very hot after an auto-x run.
hope this helps,