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Pelican Technical Article:

Reading BMW Fuel
Injection Fault Codes

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     All BMWs from 1984 use a sophisticated Bosch engine management system called Motronic.   The Motronic system (also called the Digital Motor Electronics or DME) is hands down the best overall fuel injection system that you can use when you consider price and performance.  Ignition timing and fuel delivery are all controlled by a digital map that is recorded in a removable chip within the main fuel injection (DME) computer.  The computer takes input from a variety of sensors that are located on the engine – cylinder head temperature, altitude (ambient air pressure), crank angle, throttle position, exhaust gas oxygen (mixture), ambient air temperature, and mass air flow. The DME chip is programmed from the factory with certain performance characteristics (mostly conservative) so that the engine will react well under a host of varying conditions.

     As with any electronic device, components can fail, triggering problems with the system.  The BMW Motronic system is designed to react to these failures and indicate them to the driver, so that they can be fixed.  If one of the computer's sensors is not working properly, then the computer may not be able to successfully identify the current state of the engine and choose the appropriate fuel mixture or timing advance level.  When this happens, the fuel mileage drops, engine performance suffers, emissions increase, and the car typically illuminates the 'check engine' light.

     In order to accurately find the sensor and fix the problem, you will need to find out which error code is being triggered by the computer.  Pre-1995 BMWs were equipped with what is known as OBD I (On Board Diagnostics Level I).  Stating in 1996, they were equipped with a more advanced version called OBD II, which was mandated by the US government, in order to standardize automotive repair and diagnostics.  The OBD system is responsible for monitoring and checking all of the fuel injection sensors and systems in the vehicle, and turns on the 'check engine' lamp if it finds a problem or irregularity with one of them.  The computer lodges a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) in the main computer until it is read and reset.  Disconnecting the battery does not reset the codes - they need to be manually reset.

     For BMWs equipped with OBD I, you can read the codes using a system that is built into the car.  For OBD II compliant cars (1996 and later), the codes can only be read using a scan tool (more on this later).

     To read codes for an OBD I car, you start by turning the ignition key on (do not start the engine) and pressing the gas pedal to the floor five times within a period of five seconds.   If you proceeded correctly, then the check engine lamp will light on for five seconds, then blink off, then blink on for 2.5 seconds, and then go off for another 2.5 seconds.  After this, the computer will start to show you the trouble fault codes that are stored.

     The codes are given by short flashes of the check engine light, followed by short pauses.  The codes are all four digit numbers.  For example, the trouble fault code for monitoring the battery voltage level is 1231.  This would show up flashing as "flash - pause - flash - flash - pause - flash - flash - flash - pause - flash."  I suggest having a pen and paper handy when you do this, as the codes have a tendency to flash faster than you would think.

     If there is more than one fault code stored, then each code will be separated by a 2.5 second pause.  When there are no more codes to be read, the computer will give the code 1000, which is one short flash, and then the light will remain off.  Then the check engine light will flash a half-second and then turn off.   To read the codes again, simply turn the ignition key off and on again and repeat the procedure with the gas pedal (five times within five seconds).

     Here is a table that represents all of the possibly fault codes that can be read using this method:

Code Error Notes / Corrective Action
1000 End of output - no more fault codes This code shows the end of the stream of error codes, and tell you that the computer is finished showing them to you.
1444 No more faults This code shows that all faults have been fixed.  Required to erase the computer's memory.
1211 DME Motronic Computer Fault This may indicate a problem with the DME computer.  Most problems result in a dead computer that cannot give out codes, so this particular code is not seen too commonly.  If the code does appear, start and rerun the test for about one minute.  If the code reappears, then chances are that you need to replace your DME computer.
1215 Mass Air Flow Sensor Fault The mass air flow sensor measures the amount of air that is currently being drawn into the engine.  A big hole in one of your fuel injection intake boots may cause the car to stall and generate this code.
1216 Throttle Position Switch Fault The later model Motronic systems used a potentiometer to measure throttle position and adjust fuel levels appropriately.   If the 'pot' is not giving off the proper values, it will produce this code.
1218 DME Computer Output, Group #1 These two codes can be generated when there is a ground fault short circuit from B+ at one of the two DME Output Amplifier Stages.  This code is not typically seen by itself, and is usually generated with a host of other codes.  Possible problems may be O2 sensor heater relay, fuel evap system problem, EKP relay, ignition coil problem, a faulty idle speed actuator, etc.  If you get this code, disconnect the DME and let it sit for 15 minutes, then recheck the codes.  If it persists, and no other problems are found, then it is probably an internal DME problem.  If the code goes away, then ignore it and call it an intermittent error.
1219 DME Computer Output, Group #2
1221 Oxygen Sensor (primary) The O2 sensor measures the mixture of the car.  This code is generated if the sensor is unplugged or broken.  Sensor values are read when the engine warmer than 70°C, and should be within 0.02 and 0.85 volts.  Negative values indicate that the sensor needs to be replaced, and slow fluctuation indicate that the sensor is clogged with soot.  Cars with catalytic converters that have been removed may push this code.
1212 Oxygen Sensor (secondary)
1222 Oxygen Sensor Lean/Rich Detect (primary) If the signal from the O2 sensor indicates a very lean or very rich mixture for more than 10 seconds, then the computer generates this code.  It could mean a faulty O2 sensor, or a problem with another component.
1213 Oxygen Sensor Lean/Rich Detect (secondary)
1223 Coolant Temperature Sensor Measures the temperature of the coolant inside the engine block.  Used to determine if the engine is warm or cold.   Check the wiring and the expected resistance value of the sensor.
1224 Intake Air Temperature Sensor Measures the temperature of air entering into the engine's fuel injection system, and adjusts the mixture accordingly.   Colder air is more dense than warmer air and needs to be compensated for.
1225 Knock Sensor #1 The knock sensor is used to detect pre-ignition that can damage the engine.  If the knock sensor is triggered, it will back off the timing of the car, reducing the 'pinging.'  A fault is generated if there is an open circuit, a ground fault, or if the sensor sends multiple signals that don't correspond to proper engine operation.
1226 Knock Sensor #2
1227 Knock Sensor #3
1228 Knock Sensor #4
1231 Battery Voltage / DME Relay Monitor Monitors the condition of the battery and charging system, and produces a fault if a component goes out of specification or fail.
1232 Throttle Idle Position Switch On older Motronic systems, this switch was used along with the wide open position switch as a primitive throttle position switch.
1233 Throttle Wide Open Switch See above.
1234 Speedometer "A" Signal This code is generated when the engine is under load, over 2500 RPM and no discernable speedometer signal can be detected for more than 10 seconds.  Check the wiring harness, and also the instrument console.
1237 A/C Compressor cutoff The compressor is automatically turned off when accelerating from low speed under full throttle.  This code indicates a fault in the cut-out circuit or its wiring.
1241 Mass Airflow Sensor Codes 1241 and 2241 can be incorrectly generated on 1992 and later models.  The actual fault is a improperly operating idle air valve, and the need for an updated EPROM.  See BMW bulletins for more details.
1242 A/C Compressor Signal This code is generated if there is a ground fault (short circuit) or if the system detects that the compressor unit is disconnected.
1243 Crankshaft Position Sensor This code is triggered when the crank angle sensor is disconnected, or generates a signal that is not accurate when compared to the other engine sensors.
1244 Camshaft Position Sensor Displayed when the signal from the camshaft pulse generator is out of spec or absent.  May indicate a problem with the injector side of the DME output stage.
1245 AEGS Intervention - Electronic Transmission Many BMWs are equipped with electronic transmissions.  If the transmission encounters a major problem, it will generate an emergency message, and your on-board computer should show "TRANSMISSION EMERGENCY PROGRAM."  Ignition timing will retard when this program is run.
1247 Ignition Secondary Monitor
1251 Fuel Injector #1 (single or group) Check the injector or injector group for proper wire harness connectivity.  Also check the injectors for a clear, wide stream pattern.  Code 1283 (Fuel Injector Output Stage) may also be triggered in conjunction with this code.
1252 Fuel Injector #2 (single or group)
1253 Fuel Injector #3
1254 Fuel Injector #4
1255 Fuel Injector #5
1256 Fuel Injector #6
1257 Fuel Injector #7
1258 Fuel Injector #8
1261 Fuel Pump Relay Control This code is generated when there is a break or ground fault in the circuitry associated with the DME fuel pump relay.   Check pin #3 of the DME or the output stage in the DME (DME version M1.3 only).
1262 Idle Speed Control This shows up if the idle speed actuator shows a ground fault, or if the car stalls from an idle above 600 RPM.
1263 Fuel Tank Evaporative System (EVAP) The fuel tank evaporative system has a purge control valve that generates this code if there is a short circuit or open connection (DME version M1.3 only).
1264 Oxygen Sensor Heating Element This code is triggered if there is an open circuit or a short within the oxygen heating element circuit.  Check the O2 heating element relay and also the air pump relay.
1265 Check Engine Lamp If the lamp in the dashboard burns out or shorts to ground, then this code is generated.
1266 VANOS System Check the wiring or the relay associated with the VANOS system (variable camshaft adjustment).
1267 Air Pump Relay Control Check the air pump relay and wiring (were applicable).
1271 Ignition Coil #1 An open-circuit or ground fault in the ignition wiring has occurred with an ignition coil.  Place a timing light on the ignition wires and check for a signal.  Also check the wires for faults, and check the spark plugs too.
1271 Ignition Coil #2
1271 Ignition Coil #3
1271 Ignition Coil #4
1271 Ignition Coil #5
1271 Ignition Coil #6
1271 Ignition Coil #7
1271 Ignition Coil #8
1281 DME Memory Unit Supply This indicates a fault with the internal memory of the DME computer.  This is sometimes caused by low battery voltage.  Delete the codes, and disconnect the DME for 15 minutes.  Then reconnect, let the car idle for five minutes, and then drive over 30 mph for more than five minutes.  Recheck the codes - if it occurs again, the DME is faulty and should be replaced.
1282 Fault Code Memory This code occurs when the DME generates a set of conflicting codes.  Disconnect the DME for 15 minutes, reconnect, and then simulate a fault code, like unplugging the air flow sensor or idle actuator.   If the code reoccurs, then you will need to replace the DME.
1283 Fuel Injector Output Stage This code is generated when there is a short circuit or open connection between the wiring from the DME to an injector or injector stage.
1284 Knock Control Test Pulse The ECU periodically checks the knock sensor circuitry by sending a test pulse through the system.  This code indicates that a test was performed, but no pulse was registered.  Check the wiring and knock sensors.

     When you are finished reading the codes, you can reset the computer and clear them all out.  Make sure that the last code (1000) has occurred, and then press down on the gas pedal for more than 10 seconds.  This should clear out the memory of the DME.   Repeat the fault code reading process, and the computer should generate code 1444, which means that there are no faults stored.

     On twelve-cylinder cars, the engines are controlled by two completely separate DME systems that act independently of each other (twice as many things to go wrong!).  There are two DME computers (ECUs) located within each 12-cylinder car.  To access the 2nd ECU, you press down the accelerator six times instead of five.  The codes returned will be identical to the codes listed above, except for the first digit, which will be the number two instead of the number one.

     Wire harnesses are a major cause of fault code problems.  As the cars get older, the wiring harness have a habit of becoming what is commonly known as 'work hardened.'  This causes the wiring to become brittle and often break inside of its plastic sheath.  Only by testing the continuity of the wires end-for-end will you be able to determine whether the wire is broken or not.

     For cars manufactured starting in 1996, BMW used the industry standard OBD II method of monitoring the fuel injection system.  OBD II cars cannot be checked using the 'gas pedal' method previously described, but instead must be checked using a code scanner.  The tool that I like to use is the Peak Research R5/FCX Fault Code Tool, shown in Figure 1.  This tool is compatible with all BMWs built from 1987 to 2000 (except for 1999-2000 V8s).   It displays all of the engine fault codes, and also has the option of resetting the oil service lamp.  Since this tool works with both OBD I and OBD II cars, I prefer to use it on the pre-1996 cars, as it is much easier to read the codes using this tool than it is using the gas pedal method.

     The R5 tool is used in a similar manner to the 'gas pedal method.'  Turn on the ignition key (do not start the engine), and the install the tool into the BMW diagnostic connector located under the hood (Figure 2).   This connector contains a large 20-pin connector which the tool uses to interface with the DME computer.  Once the ignition is turned on, simply plug the tool into the socket - it can only go into the socket one way.

     With the tool plugged in, it will 'spin' the LED lights for a few moments, and then prompt you with a menu.  Hit the 'Select' button on the tool until you read the letters 'Fc' which stands for Fault Codes.  Click 'Go' on the tool, and it will read the codes one by one from the computer.  One note here though - the codes that show up on the tool are unique to this tool.  You need to have a copy of the tool's operating manual in order to decode the proper codes for your car - make sure that you don't lose a copy of this manual, because it's not available on the web.   For a list of troubleshooting tips and info on the tool, please see Peake Research's website.

     When you are done reading the codes, you can reset them all using the R5 tool.  Press the 'Select' button until you see 'cE' on the display, then press 'Go'.  You can also use the tool to reset the oil service lamp, and the inspection lamps that light up on some of the earlier BMWs.

     Well, there you have it!  You can now arm yourself with the information that you need to start troubleshooting fuel injection system problems.   In the very near future, we'll be having more technical articles on diagnosing and replacing fuel system components on the Motronic systems - keep watching the site for details! 

     See also Jared Fenton's write-up on reading fuel injection codes.

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Comments and Suggestions:
andeano Comments: i have a 1283 code on my 1992 e34 i changed injectors still runs with a mis at pull off. don't know where to start from trying to fix this. would really appreciate some help
October 13, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you have a misfire, check spark, fuel and compression on all cylinders. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Roadthunderstorm Comments: I own a BMW e36 318i, 113 hp 1992, OBDI, I think with DME M40b18.

I'm trying to create a software that reads the data from the pin OBDI, ELM via serial
The codes of communication to be used are the same for the OBDII?

Many thanks
September 18, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have that info.

I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Flipstep25 Comments: How do you find an intermittent short? It makes sense that there is one since the CEL comes on and off at random times while driving. Power seems to be there, but seems hesitant under full load for brief moments. All injector plugs show full battery voltage on left bank.
September 15, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I generally don't chase shorts. If I believe a wire is shorted, I run a replacement. If the problem goes away, I found the short during the repair. If it does not, I know a short was not the issue. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
flipstep25 Comments: I got issues that tissues cant fix... just replaced fuel pump on 1994 540iA and got 02 sensor related faults 1213, 1222, 1215 found out it was the injector o-ring. Fixed it. Reset comp... got codes 1283, and 1251. Car seems to run fine and idles fine. What gives?
September 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check the harness to the injectors, there may be an intermittent short. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Touring mafia Comments: My 1995 e34 525i also is experiencing a hesitation when driving under acceleration it seems to bounce off 3rd to fourth gear like its stuck between both unless I punch it and kick down takes over? My ASC light is on constantly too.
September 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a slip caused by low fluid or low pressure. Start by checking your fluid level. If it is OK, you may have worn parts causing a pressure drop and slip. I would have it checked before it gets much worse. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Touring mafia Comments: I have a 1995 e34 525i touring wagon 114k never had any mechanical issues except little triangle asc light is on now but recently was driving all day stop and go and short highway about 30 miles total. I parked for about 1/2 hr then went to start and the car stumbled with rough idle and died. I got it starred after few tries is running but check engine light won't turn off tried the 5 stomp test and no codes were flashed, what to do?
September 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You may need a more advanced scan tool. When your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and pressure fuel, volume and quality. Are there any fault codes? Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Budd Comments: I have a 1998 bmw 323is e36 I have problems that I am not sure if they are related or not but they appeared at the same time. Tachometer jumps back and forth violently, cruise control quit working and asc light is on.
any ideas?
Thank you
September 6, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The tach may be separate. The traction lights and cruise may be related. I would start by checking the vehicle for fault codes. If multiple systems are not working properly, fault codes will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Connie Comments: I have a 1994 318is and wee read the codes twice and out is giving a 1286 which is not on the chart. Any ideas?
September 1, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If I remember correctly it is knock sensor code. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
C LIVE Comments: Hi Nick where can I find the hid adapter H7 e46 pls help pta or jhb or any
August 31, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We should be able to get it for you. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
justin Comments: I have a 1995 325I that reads code 1223 with should be a coolant temp sensor which I just replaced with a Bosch sensor then cleared codes till led flashed 1444 as soon as I start car it goes back to same code? I noticed there is another sensor next to the one I replaced but has different size threads? I believe that one is going to gauge in cluster, but car will start cold and gauge goes to 3/4 heat with I believe to be wrong, because you can start it 3 hours later and it will be perfectly at half for about 1 minute then goes back to 3/4 ??? Any ideas, also it recently blew a head gasket under previous owner, but was fixed and I have drove about 1000 miles since? Thanks for your time.
August 25, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Inspect the wiring for the sensor. It is a common issue for it to fail. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Altima360 Comments: Is it better to use an OBD2 scanner tool than an BMW scanner tool? Are they the same as far as scanning or is the BMW scanner scan deeper? With a universal OBD2 scanner i dont seem to get an accurate area of where the problem is. Which would you recommend?
August 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Advanced tools can access all of the systems. OBD tools can only access engine fault codes, generically. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
zztop007 Comments: I getting a code of 111286??? please help. Car is running rough and idling at about 600rpm.
August 15, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You didn't mention what vehicle you have and that code number does not make sense to me. I need a BMW code or a P-code to help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
dez Comments: thanks but i do not have the tool. And i am more concern with the led engine should i least turn on whenever i turn on the key right?
July 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The check engine light should come on when the key in turned on, as a bulb check. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
C LIVE Comments: Thanks Nick let me try to replace that one.I changed almost everything related to this problem excluding that
July 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Let me know how it works out. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
C LIVE Comments: Hey guys I have bmw 318i m43 e46 it's fan is turning full even if the engine is cold,I then went for diagnosis it read code 6c can u explain what does that means
July 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That code doesn't make sense to me. Not one I normally see.

You could have a faulty coolant temp sensor. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
dez Comments: Please pelican help i am trying to used the pedal gas technic in order to read the codes but my led engine is not turning on when i turn the key on.here a picture.thanks
July 26, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You may be performing the sequence wrong. If it won;t work, you may have to use a BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bhuru Comments: i have a 320i E46...my problem is that that sumtimes if fuel tank goes at quarter tank or below. It shuts off, other times it runs until reserve fuel light is on. What can cause this problem fuel pump runs well in both situations
July 13, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a bad sending unit or a siphon. I would start by monitoring the fuel level at full and close to empty to see if is might be running out of fuel. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Burzycastille Comments: My 2000 bmw 328i starts fine in the morning but after a minute warming up the engine runs like dying. Sometimes it dies so start it again and runs smoothly then the oil or engine light comes on and turns off after approximately 30 seconds. Other than that I have no problem.Please, help me.
July 4, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: COuld be manu things. I can't help without knowing what is missing from the system when you are trying to start it. When your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and pressure fuel, volume and quality. Are there any fault codes? Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
hussam Comments: Hello Pelican staff,

I have e36\320\1997engine i installed this new engine lately but the sound of the engine is getting harder than the first month the sound was smoother is it because of oil?? and what do you advice for the oil weight 5w30 or 10w40 etc. and type semi synthetic or fully??

Thanks
July 2, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I like synthetic and a 10/40 or 10/30 depending on climate.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
Aminu Comments: No problem at all. I used a launch x431. I also got a p0012 with obd2. Thank you
June 2, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The fault is:
PS32733 118i N46 MEV9.2 P0012 10883
'A' Camshaft Position - Timing Over-Retarded (Bank 1)

You may have a mechanical timing issue or a problem with the VANOS actuator or solenoid.

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Aminu Comments: Hi. I have an e87 118i. It threw up the following codes. 2A59, 2B98 and 2A83. The first two disappeared after clearing the faults. What can i do to resolve? Thanks. VIN is PS32733
June 2, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I apologize for the bank and forth, but my code look up tool tells me that code is not for your vehicle. Do you have corresponding P-code? What scan tool are you using? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Aminu Comments: Hi. I have an e87 118i. It threw up the following codes. 2A59, 2B98 and 2A83. The first two disappeared after clearing the faults. What can i do to resolve? Thanks
June 2, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I need the last 7 digits of your VIN to look the codes up. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
KC Comments: Hi everyone, i have a 5 speed manual 1998 BMW 318i E46. iI recently serviced my car. However, I noticed last week that, i could not go beyond 145kms/hour. Each time i reached 145kms/hour the speed started reducing on its on especially when moving uphill. What could be the problem?
May 30, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a fuel delivery issue. I would perform a fuel delivery system test. Check fuel pressure, volume and quality.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Tibka Comments: Problem solved with the starting, it was the main dely, but there is another problem , I hear som tick-tack from the engine from upside ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-zcWSl-qyM
May 29, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I can't isolate a noise in the video. If it is the top of the engine, it could be lifters or an oil pressure issue. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Tibka Comments: Hello, I have BMW e36 316i and I have problems with the engine M43 , One day I was on the way to home and the car stops , I mean the engine just shut down , and I wanted to start the engine again, but I cannot. I had to wait about 10 mins and than I could start... but after 5-6 kms the engine shut down again, and again and again... dont know what could be the problem. Between do you know som good diagnostics software for OBDII ? I have ELM 327 at home but havent good soft :/ only for newer cars
May 24, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I can't help without knowing what is missing from the system when you are trying to start it. When your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and pressure fuel, volume and quality. Are there any fault codes? Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
mti Comments: hi i have a bmw e30 323i 1985 model,didnt start my bmw e30 for 2weeks,now it refuses to start there is fuel going into the rail,spark and air into the engine but it still refuses to start i tried to kick start it by pushing it down a hill and the car sounds as if it wants to run but just doesnt im not sure what to look at anymore..can you please help here .i have been frequenting your forums just to educate myself and find them very helpful.thanks.im from south africa.
May 21, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check injector pulse, if it is good. Check engine compression. Since you have spark, I would imagine compression is off. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
James Comments: Hi, I have a 2001 740i I'm getting codes p1343-p1347-and p1351, all saying misfire cylinder 1-3-5 with fuel cut off, I replaced all 8 fuel injectors and car runs horrible. What does with fuel cut off mean and any suggestions would be great. Thank you
D
May 18, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It means the DME shut injectors off due to a misfire. I would check spark, fuel and compression on each cylinder. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Brandon Comments: I have an 87 325i. of course it cranks but has no spark/power to fuel pump. The pump test works... kinda. The only code it displays is no faults found. So I disconnected the battery for 15 minutes and also disconnected the maf sensor to try and render an error code. Again it only shows no faults found. Also does it on a continuous loop if that makes any difference. So far ive checked all fuses and relays main relay and pump relay connections are powered. Grounds are good. Could something like the CPS sensor cause the DME to not throw codes? I am also trying to get my hands on a code reader to see if it renders anything different. Im running out of ideas. Is this a good sign my DME is done for?
April 4, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, it would cause no codes.

i would check if the DME is getting the signal from the engine speed and position sensors. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
sbusiso Comments: I encounter a problem with a bmw e36 95 model, it instrument cluster shows ppppppp on the millage and all the gauges are no longer working what could the problem be, if I buy another cluster will the programmed numbers change like millage and vin number
April 2, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You likely need a new cluster. You will have to program the new cluster. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
nhlanhla m Comments: I have a bmw 320 e30 91 model when it reaches the rev counter hit about 5k revs it start to limits its self " it clocks" I have change the d.m.e, e.c.u., crank sensor, engine harness, checked fuel pump pressure and its ok, change the plug leads, the alternator delivers abt. 14v, the airflow meter, everything seem to b ok, when it drives it spit fire when I reach abt 6k revs the maximum speed I can drive is about 140 km/h. ,i was thinking may be the problems lies with the valves not sure pleas help
April 2, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a fuel delivery issue or restricted exhuast I would start by checking the DME for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
nhlanhla m Comments: I have a bmw 318i346 the problem it cannot start without a quickstart I checked the injectors petrol does come out when crankind bt seems to be of low pressure,probed the injectors terminal and get about 6 volts is that normal is that normal pls help what could the problem be
April 2, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The injectors should receive 12 volts. Check them unplugged. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Greg from New Zealand Comments: Hi there I have an automatic 1989 525i and have been having problems with a really rough idle and the car will stall if I give it any gas. I took it to my local garage and they said it was giving them crazy fault codes on their computer reader. Eg: 15000 revs when it was clearly idling and a below freezing temperature.. They think the onboard computer might be munted. How likely is that? Could crazy read outs come from a computer unable to properly read my cars computer?
March 24, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: DMEs do fail and an incompatible scan tool can display incorrect parameters. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
EEHS Comments: Tengo un bmw 318i modelo1995 al hacerle diagnostico con escaner me marca el codigo 100 y al hacerlo con el acelerador me marca 1218 pero no hay ninguna informacion de reparacion el carro no tiene fuerza al acelerarlo al fondo me podrian ayudar y si este codigo tiene k ver k no jale.

I have a bmw 318i with modelo1995 diagnostic scanner to give me 100 and enter the code to do with the throttle I mark 1218 but there is no information to repair the car has no power to accelerate the fund could help me and if this code has k see k no pull.
March 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking operation of the throttle housing and TPS. If they are functioning OK, check the MAF sensor.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
Carl Comments: Hi, I have an E36 325i 1992 European version. This model doesn't have a check engine light nor an OBDII port under the steering wheel. Will I be able to check the codes using the pedal method?
The car has stalled two times in a three week period while driving on uphill traffic. On both times, I was pressing very slightly, not even 2k RPM and releasing the accelerator intermittently as I was driving in slow uphill traffic, but never stopped completely. After it stalled the car started normally and runed as usual. I was told that it could be a faulty or dirty MAF. What can I do in order to read the codes without a tool if possible and do you recommend cleaning the MAF sensor before replacing it with a new one?
Thank you...
February 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The stalling can be many things. An engine speed sensor, fuel pump or an idle component. I would start by reading fault codes using a BMW scan tool connected to the 20 pin connector under the hood. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Gil Comments: I have a 1998 740i. The little green cruise control indicator light remains on all the time. Even when the ignition is off. The cruise control seems to function normally but the green cruise control indicator light on the cluster stays on all the time. Any ideas? Thanks, Randy
February 15, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be an internal short in the cluster. I would start by checking for fault codes. If there are none, I would check the wiring against a diagram, to see if the bulb circuit is being held on or if it is shorted. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
kaliq Comments: I'm trying to find out what is a run system its saying check it but i have no clue what that is. I would gladly appreciate your help on resolving whatever that issue maybe. Thanks in advance.
February 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You didn't provide enough info for me to help. Vehicle? Message? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bam Bam Comments: First 2 cylinders are around 155 on the compression the third is 270 the last three are 130 to 125. Could it have skipped a tooth on the timing?
February 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The numbers seem a bit inconsistent. I would recheck them, be sure the battery is charged and you check the compression the same on each cylinder. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bam Bam Comments: I'm working on my neighbors 1993 325i. It has spark, fuel pressure, didn't put the compression tester on yet but has enough that I cannot hold my hand over the socket without it blowing my hand offsufficient compression I believe. I did the gas pedal code extraction and 1444no fault codes stored was the only code. Anyway the car cranks over fine but it doesn't pop at all. Any help would be appreciated, I am completely stumped.
February 7, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Confirm it has injector pulse. If so, I would put a compression gauge on the engine, as it sounds like you have everything else needed to start. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
thinker Comments: hi nick, not sure what you mean by adaptions, i got the fault codes reset when the new throttle body was fitted, all still out and car running fine , just that annoying rattle, as if you are picking away in the wrong gear type of noise,no noise whatsoever if given a little more revs.it is not a mechanical knocking noise from the engine or cam, like i said earlier ,like the engine labouring. thanks for your help.Thinker
February 4, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Adaptations are adjustments the DME makes over time. You have to reset them when certain parts are replaced.

I am having trouble following the noise issue. The engine may be detonating (preignition events). - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
thinker Comments: fitted a new throttle body and all lights are now out, no error codes left, car running fine apart from it sounding s a bit rough at start up or very low revs, not sure what to check for next.
February 1, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Did you reset adaptations? I would check for vacuum leaks and test crankcase vacuum. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
thinker Comments: JUST FOUND SOME CODES 2D02 throttle valve actuator , 2cf8 throttle valve potentiometer , 2a59 valvetronic ecentric shaft sensor , 11527 haven't found.
management light goes off for a few days then comes back on, is it likely for all of the above to need replaced? the last twice i checked it was fault 2d02 that always was there.Would this be the first 1 to replace ?are all aprts available from pelican ?
January 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a faulty throttle module. I would run a test using a BMW scan tool. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
thinker Comments: checked fault codes on 2007 318i and got 2D03 which i know is the throttle position sensor,also got 11527 ,2CF8 AND 2A59 not found out what these are yet , was wondering if they are all related.
January 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I replied to your later comment. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ToniT Comments: HI There, I have a 1998 528i BMW. Every time I start the car it will drive for a little bit and then cut out without warning and won't restart. I've had a scanner on it which picked up the cam shaft and crank shaft sensor which has been replaced but the car is still doing the same thing. No more fault codes are showing up. We were thinking it might be the computer but not sure how to tell. Any ideas on what the problem might be? Thanks heaps
January 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It could be a number of things. sensors or the DME all possible. I can't help without knowing what is missing from the system when you are trying to start it. When your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and pressure fuel, volume and quality. Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Taylor Comments: Hey Pelican,

I have a 1993 525i and I ran the pedal test and was able to read a 1221 but it continues to only blink 1221 over and over and never reports any other codes or "end of codes". How can I see other codes or know it has gone through all of the codes?

Thanks,
Taylor
January 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you cannot get the pedal est to work, you will need to use a scan tool or code reader. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
STC Comments: I get the codes P0606 and P1634
January 4, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: These fault codes can be set by a faulty throttle housing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
STC Comments: hello,

I have a 2003 Bmw M3 and when I go to turn the car in the morning I get the EML,DSC,AND YELLOW BRAKE LIGHT. I run the car for about 10 minutes and turn it off. I start the car up again and the DSC,YELLOW BRAKE AND EML LIGHT go away and then get the SES light I drive the car for a while then turn it off and start again and no lights. I replaced the front TPS and no change
January 3, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking the vehicle for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
thinker Comments: i get a warning symbol / light coming on saying the cruise control isn't working, car runs fine and goes off a day later sometimes comes back on ,is this related to a throttle position sensor or the throttle pedal potentiometer.BMW 318I 2007 MODEL
January 1, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It could be, or a faulty actuator or module. I would start by checking the vehicle for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
MJ Comments: Hi, i have a 93 BMW 3.25i and one of the hoses running from the crankcase ventilation connector has perished. Its the thinner hose that runs off from the main hose. My problem is where it runs to from the CVC?? Any help would be appreciated. thanks
December 27, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Likely to a nipple on the center of the valve. Not all vehicle utilize this, but this sounds like what you are describing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
johan Comments: I ha ve b mw e46 318i 2001 it was running fine at shopping centre switch of try to start again nothing pusch start it start and after 1kilo gutts out and dondt want tp start again no spark on splugs feul ok no pulse on injectors when ign switch on temp gauge show hot and engine gold try everything no luck
November 18, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If temp gauge reads hot, this is a communication problem. Check this link for a similar issue: http://autotechdiagnostics.com /?p=213- Nick at Pelican Parts  
dragan Comments: I have a problem with my BMW 525 TDS when they come arrow on 30 gallons of fuel car is shutting down
November 15, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't understand the question. 30 gallons? Or when empty? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bob Comments: thanks nick , should have mentioned it was a 318i 2007 e90, is the throttle position sensor part of the pedal or up on the engine? is this a dealer only part ? is it easily fitted ?
November 15, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is part of the throttle housing. You will have to replace the entire throttle housing. I do not know of a way to replace the TPS. Just to be sure, give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you sort out what is available.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Bob Comments: BMW 318I SE error code p110d 1/1e , can't find this code on list i have , any ideas or have i got a wrong code?
November 14, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Without the year of your vehicle I cannot be specific. But for similar models, the fault code is for throttle position sensor A B range / performance. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
WoeIsJoe Comments: I have a 2002 BMW 325i 2.5l. I replaced a dying battery. Car started great that day. The next morning, I only got a click from the starter. I ran a jumper from the neg battery post to an engine ground to verify decent ground. No effect. The pos cable has a Battery Safety Terminal BST so I placed a jumper from the pos terminal of the battery to the pos post in the engine compartment. It started up right away, but ran weakly. I then noted an "EML" warning light. Any thoughts on this mess?
November 4, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It sounds like there might be a connection problem in the positive battery cable, check the BST connection and all of the other connections the cable makes from back to front.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Charles Comments: The Check Control light on my 1997 328i came on intermittently, along with the message that one of the brake lights was bad. Replacing both brake bulbs did not corect the problem. After close examination, I found a small build-up of deposits at the contact point between the bulb holder and brake assembly. Scrapping off the tiny deposit corrected the problem.
November 2, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Razzputin Comments: Hi Pelicans,

I have a 1985 524td. 3 years ago the fuel injection pump failed. The car started running rough with black smoke and simultaneously the injection light came on and the tach went dead. I had the pump rebuilt at a diesel garage and the car has run fine since- same MPG as before, except the injection light refuses to go out and the tach is still dead. I replaced the tach to no avail. Any ideas?
October 31, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is a special tool for checking the tach, I would calll your local dealer to see if they can help you out.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Gary Comments: Hi again it's a 03/95 E38 730i. Key adaptation seems to be working fine.
October 13, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the ews is not working the dme main relay will not power up and the car will never start, I would make sure the ews and the dme are aligned and working correctly. You can check that with a factory scanner.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Robert Comments: BMW 2007 318i E90 error codes 2d02 throttle valve actuator and 2d03 throttle valve actuator showing , with a message saying error emergency air setpoint and 2do3 abort adaption because of environment, anyone know what these mean
October 12, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You could have a problem with the throttle motor, I would clear the codes and see what codes come back.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Gary Comments: Hi, I have an E38 730i which will not crank when turning the key. All it does is flash the alarm lamp on the dashboard. No errors apart from DME/DDE 26 Voltage Supply Not Sufficient.
Battery is fine, does anyone have an idea what this could be?
October 12, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What year is the car? You could have a problem with the EWS or with the key or the key antenna. There could also be a problem with the power supply to the DME.

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
robert Comments: are all bmw fault codes the same ? or will i need to get fault codes for my particular model? 2007 318i se e90 if yes where can i find fault codes for this model.
October 9, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: OBD2 codes are generic and should all be the same, there are vehicle specific code that are for just that model. You can try looking them up on google.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
robert Comments: i have a 2007 318i se BMW E90 and THE engine management light came on , i got it put on scanner and throttle potentiometer was showing a fault, is this repairable or will i need a new throttle pedal etc ? if new is required where is best place to get one?
October 3, 2013
October 7, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A fault for the throttle pointometer is talking about the throttle motor, if the motor is faulty it will have to be replaced. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
robert Comments: i have a 1997 318i se BMW E90 and THE engine management light cAme on , i got it put on scanner and throttle potentiometer was showing a fault, is this repairable or will i need a new throttle pedal etc ?
October 3, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There are sensors in the pedal and also the throttle motor, either way the part will have to be replaced. What exactly is the fault stored?
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
ador Comments: Hi! my 1989 BMW 325i cranks but wont run. CKP been replaced with a new one.fuel pump also renewed.the problem is no negative trigger on ignition coil.ignition feed on positive terminal is ok 12.6 volts.ignition feed on ECU is ok, but im not sure about the live power or hot at all times power feed on ECU. are there anyway to check the live power feed on ECU? what wire color and terminal pin?
September 29, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: 12v are supplied to the coil through the ignition switch when it is on. The ground signal comes from the DME to charge the coil, when it is turned off the coil fires. If the DME is not grounding the coil I would check your crank sensor and the air gap of the sensor.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
bmwcoupe94 Comments: Hi I have a 325i 94 coupe after I filled the petrol I was driving a day tops and it cut out as if I had run out of fuel? As it's half tank wtf is up? It cranks but no go: first prob I have had! Check coolant comes on but it's always full! If anyone's in noble park and can help id appreciate it! Got a 10 yo and 2 yoand need to get home!!

September 27, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and pressure fuel, volume and quality. Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
E36jizz Comments: is it ok to drive the car with a faulty knock sensor??
September 27, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There will be no timing control, and there will be reduced power. I would recommend repairing it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
pk Comments: My BMW E32 750il 1998 could not be started after changing the fuel pumps. My diagnostic Machine shows "EML System Failure Code" it wont reset?

Please advise.

regards,
pk
September 15, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The EML is the throttle motors, there are two on that car and they are controlled by two separate DME's. we're the faults stored in both DME's? If you have the battery disconnected you might have to relearn the throttle motors. Use a factory scanner to check and relearn.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jack Comments: Re my last post, FWIW, forgot to mention that after the first breakdown the Indy BMW shop also cut out the catalytic converter, and the vehicle mileage is 266 000 km.
September 14, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jack Comments: 318i, 2002, E46, F/L, regular maintenance since purchased. Went into limp mode, crawled home in 1/2nd gear, idle was bad. Indy BMW shop replaced clutch and worked fine for 1 week. Then again loss of power and very bad idle, started fine next day and back to mechanic who replaced one of the 4 coils, worked fine for a week, then same loss of power story but would not start the next day, replaced fuel pump and worked fine for 1 week, then same loss of power story, but started next day and mechanic could not find any fault and it has been ok since then, but now get intermittent power loss in 3/4 gear and idle cuts out, but restarts and works ok the next day. Thanks in advance.
September 14, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would be checking the car with a factory scan tool, if it going in to fail safe there is going to be a fault stored, some aftermarket scanners can't access all the info in the car.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Scott Comments: I have a 1996 BMW 318TI with an M42 enging. I have a normal flat pin like a computer printer connector code reader I use for other cars. Is there an adapter to connect this to my cars OBD II or do I need to purchase a special one just for this car?
September 9, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You are going to have to get a scanner for the OBD2 cars.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
bim Comments: Hi! I have 2003 318i e46 and my problem is, while driving the car tends to shut the engine off and can start it again like in 5 mins. Then when I put the gear to Ddrive position and run the car again, it tends to shut the engine off again. But in N or P position even for a long time, the car won't shut off. Need help please?
September 8, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check the basics first, fuel pressure and volume, check for fault codes, check for vacuum leaks and check for a faulty crank case vent valve.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
marlon Comments: Hi ive got a bmw 320i boxshap. I do not know the model. My car crank and sometimes start but dies again.
September 6, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and fuel pressure, volume and quality. Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Glenn Comments: my bmw 328i is giving me a very difficult time to start after siting for 2 weeks. What do i do?
September 6, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is the battery weak, does it crank for a long time, what is it doing?
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Dan Comments: I've got a 95 BMW 325is. I've done your code read procedure, and all the thing has done for 10 min or so is flash 1221 oxygen sensor primary repeatedly. The car is not stock, but engine, and computer mods are only a cai i broke the stock air box a different stock computer factory fried, and a performance chip. All the other mods are suspension, posi, and a lightweight flywheel. What is your opinion on what's happening?
August 22, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check to O2 sensor circut and make sure it is ok, and I would also check to make sure the car is not running to rich or lean because of a vacuum leak or a fuel injection problem.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jim Comments: Hi, I have a 2001 740il. problem with on board nav system fuzzy screen. and also have codes p0012,p0022 low voltage,also have seen knock sensor codes could the comp problem be related PLEASE HELP
August 16, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Your Nav screen issue could be caused by low voltage, check you alternator, battery and battery cable connections. Your other faults seem to be related to the cam sensors. check the function of the sensors and if they are faulty replace them.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Norton Comments: I have a 2002 bmw 318i E46 which is puffing out black smoke in the tail pipe both when idling and driving away. It has a hard start when warm. When i disconnect tha MAF the black smoke stops ,car starts fine and the temperature gauge works fine but if i reconnect it the black smokes comes out again and the temp gauge shoots up to the end bt without the red light .
August 16, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the engine is getting to much fuel.
You could have a vacuum leak or a faulty crankcase breather valve. I would check both, inspect the engine for a cracked intake boot, vacuum line or leaking gasket. You can also check the crankcase vacuum, this will help you diagnose the crankcase breather valve.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Concetta Comments: How can I reset the maintenance light on a 1993 BMW 750il without taking it to a BMW dealer?

Thanks
August 14, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Reset Instructions:

(For cars with the 15 pin diagnostic connector)

With the ignition switch at (position two) and the engine not running, grounding pin seven (7) of the diagnostic connector for approximately three (3) seconds will reset the oil service lights. Grounding pin seven (7) for approximately twelve (12) seconds will do an inspection service reset.

Connect the clip end of the jumper tool to a good ground in the area of the diagnostic connector. Connect the pin end of the jumper tool to pin seven (7) of the diagnostic connector. Enter the car and turn the ignition switch to position two (2). This way you can watch the lights reset.

Turn off the ignition switch when you see the lights reset after the appropriate time. This time as mentioned above depends on whether you are doing an oil or inspection service reset.

Remove the jumper and replace the diagnostic connector cap.

(For cars with the 20 pin data link connector)

On the newer cars you also have to place the ignition switch in position two. You provide a short and then remove it after a specified time. The reset occurs on removal. On the older cars the reset occurred after the specified time. That's the difference between the older diagnostic connector and the newer data link connector. I purchased a Peake reset tool to find out what these times were. They say to provide the short for 7 flashes for an oil service reset and 23 flashes for an inspection reset. The 7 flashes for the oil service reset equates to ~ 3.25 seconds. The 23 flashes for the inspection reset equates to ~ 11 seconds.

Turn the ignition switch to position two (2). Connect the clip end of the jumper tool to a good ground in the area of the data link connector. Connect the pin end of the jumper tool to pin seven (7) of the data link connector and remove it after the appropriate time, depending on which reset you are doing. Replace the data link connector cap and turn off the ignition switch. Check to see if the reset worked by starting the car and seeing if the lights go out.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
mcane7 Comments: Can anyone tell me what this light means, rightt between my speedo & tach, in a 94 740i? It's a triangle with an exclamation point inside it, and a circular arrow going counterclockwise around the outside. Thanks!!
July 31, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That light indicates a fault in the dynamic stability control system. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
tim Comments: 2001 325ci cuts out when in a pull, like miss firing or not getting gas . i can add 1 gallon of 110 octane fuel and it will run good until i fill up again then it starts again , seems a lot worse when temp is 85 and up. run good in mornings.
July 25, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would perform a fuel delivery system test. Check fuel pressure, volume and quality. The quality test may show water or contaminants in the fuel.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
marcus Comments: Hey guys i have a x5 30d. I've picked up a problem when the car goes into kick down mode the car " fuel injection system light comes on. I've changed the injectors and that problem was solved. Now the injectors car has a diesel knock at the top of the engine. It gets worse under load. What can b the problem and how do i sort it out .... tx answers will b much appreciated
July 25, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is the knock always present? Are you sure it isn't the sound of the injectors ticking? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
caisey Comments: Hey. I have a 1997 BMW 316i. its problem is that, it really has a bad hard start in the morning. But once it starts, it is so good on the road. i am getting annoyed by the behaviour in the morning.What do u think is the problem?
July 23, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You may have a fuel delivery issue which would show up more when cold. I would perform a fuel delivery system test. Check fuel pressure, volume and quality.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
dalla Comments: hi my bmw 520i 1995 model just started backfiring.its runs nicely just the backfire is annoying me.would you know where the problems is and how can i fix it. many thanks
July 19, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Backfiring could be a timing issue. I would check for fault codes, then perform a fuel delivery system test. Check fuel pressure, volume and quality. If that shows OK, check the engine timing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Greg Comments: Please help with a 2000 323i. Showing OBD-II codes P1188 + P1189. Also after sitting at stop light idling for 30 seconds begins to rough idle then after 60 seconds it idles a little rougher but not terrible. Otherwise the car runs and accelerates normally and gets normal gas mileage. I have already replaced: both intake boots, Idle Control Valve, PCV-Oil Seperator and its 4 breather hoses, MAF sensor, fuel filter, spark plugs, O2 sensors upstream before CATs. Please help, I'm already a month past state inspection / smog test.
July 11, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Something is making your engine run lean, possibly a vacuum leak. I would really need to know at what rpm does the code set, at idle or at higher rpm. Try spraying carb spray around the intake and see if the rpm changes if you spray in a specific area, then you have found your leak. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
chris Comments: Dealing with the 1995 BMW 325i Convertible 2.5l V6. Car cranks for long time rather hot or cold before finally cranking and usually requires full throttle! Also at times while driving when I apply full throttle the car hesitates badly then begins skipping, jumping, etc. Eventually it will come out of this state and seem to return to normal. Any ideas or help will be greatly appreciated. thanks
July 11, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like you're running rich. Check fuel pressure and see if fuel is leaking out of the fuel pressure regulator from the vacuum line into the intake. Also check the MAF, maybe it's dirty and you can use a commercially available MAF cleaner - Nick at Pelican Parts  
momo Comments: I have a 1995 bmw 318I about the days ago the car shut off on me in the middle of the street since then the car will not start. it will crank but had a weird sound to it. We have ruled out several possibilities. Gas pump is working, spark plugs are good, fuses are fine, icv is working, time chain did not jump, it has all the liquids needed, the cadilitic converter is not clogged. We did try to get a faulty code for it but it apears to be a phantom code the numbers are 4321. Please help. In need of advice!
July 10, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Usually a car that sounds weird cranking has a jumped timing chain/belt. How do you know the timing chain is okay. Did you check compression of the engine in at least 2 cylinder? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
menzis Comments: HI,

I have 1999 e46 320i and just got EML and ASC lights on when I turn the key. Engine runs on idle speed but when I push the gas pedal it does not give much power. cam shaft sensor had been changed before. never experienced this kind of issue...any idea, please?
July 4, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a problem with the throttle body or a torn intake boot.
I would start by checking the DME for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
xyzzy Comments: 2007 BMW E87 in "limp mode" running on 3 cylinders, without the check engine light coming on! After restarting the engine it went into limp mode again after a minute, but still no check engine light.

The Check Engine Light comes on for a few seconds as it should when ignition is turned on. Forgot to mention it in previous post. Sorry!

The car was diagnosed with a faulty injector, and all four replaced. Now I'm worried there's a sensor or computer problem since the engine light didn't come on even in "limp mode". Any suggestions?
July 4, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff:
I would start by checking the DME for fault codes. There may be fault codes stored and no check engine light, these would be pending codes. The fact that it is in limp mode and there is no light is odd to me. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
mcane7 Comments: By an "improperly connected air duct", do you mean the big 5-6" diameter ones coming from the air filter with the big hose clamps holding them on? Or are there any others I should check? This car is new to me.. But I would like to keep it if I can get these emissions-test issues worked out. Here's a pic of my engine if you can maybe point out where I should be looking. Pls ignore the line where I had to paste two pics together to get it all in there. Thanks!
July 3, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Duct would be the main connections, the larger ducts. You could also have a vacuum leak at the intake manifold or throttle housing gaskets. These are quite common areas. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mcane7 Comments: PS - Just went out and did the stomp test again, first time since having a shop install the 2nd O2 sensor. It's reading 1215, MAF sensor now. Stange that it didn't before, no? So, do I need a new one, or is it due to an air leak somewhere? CEL is NOT on since getting the new O2 sensors, btw..

PSS - Actually that code will probably disappear on its own after I drive it some tomorrow morning. I remember while it was running earlier, I disconnected the MAF plug while it was running and then plugged it back in just to see what it did. : Was "looking" for vacuum leaks, unsuccessfully, cause I don't know where exactly to look. But I still need to figure out the cause of the problem maintaining speed/rpm during emissions testing..
June 30, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the follow up. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Mike C Comments: Hi again, I wrote earlier on 6/11 about my 02 sensor error code, 1221, that was in my 1994 740i. I changed both the front sensors and now the CEL stays off. Which is great, but the reason for it was to pass the VA state emissions test, and after two tries at different garages, it failed both because the inspectors can't keep it on the rollers at 25mph for the 30 sec's required. They say it keeps revving higher or lower, and they only get 3 tries each before the computer fails it and kicks them out. So, I'm wondering if this issue is related to why the O2 sensors were bad to begin with, like a vacuum leak, or something else maybe? It does shake slightly at idle sometimes, but not always, and often stops when turning on or off the A/C. I cleaned the idle control valve thinking that might've been the problem, and also got new plugs a month or so before the o2 sensors, but neither stopped the shaking issue, though it seems to be less often now. So, is there anything else it might be? And what's the best way to check the vacuum system other than by sight if that's likely the problem? Thanks!
June 30, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A vacuum leak will not harm an oxygen sensor, so you can rule that out. A small vacuum leak also has little influence on the engine off idle. If the engine will not run steady, you could have an issue with the fuel system or a large vacuum leak, like a improperly connected air duct. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
xyzzy Comments: Hi,
I recently had my 2007 BMW E87 go into "limp mode" and sounding like it was running on 3 cylinders, without the engine light coming on at all! After restarting the engine it went into limp mode again after a minute, but still no engine light...

The car was diagnosed with a faulty injector, and all four replaced. Now I'm worried there's a sensor or computer problem since the engine light didn't come on. Any suggestions?
June 28, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: the ehceck engine light should come on when the key is turned on, it will illuminate for a few seconds. if it does not, there could be aproblem in the cluster or in the circuit from the DME to the cluster. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Helmer Comments: I have a BMW 325i 2004 .When the mechanic put the code machine it detect 9 malfunction codes but al related to cylinders misfire 1,2,3,4 also the code of the Oxygen sensor and PO174 fuel trim system lean bank 2.The mechanic replace all sparkplugs and the oxygen sensor but codes continues showing.Ignition coils are good. What it could be them?
June 18, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start with the P0174, it is a fuel trim code, indicating a lean condition in the exhaust on bank 2 of your engine. I would check the engine for vacuum leaks and confirm the crankcase breather is in good. An internal or external vacuum leak can cause rough running and engine misfire. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Greg Comments: 2001 325ci oops...
June 13, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks, got it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Greg Comments: Hi, a friend just referred me to your site and I love it! I recently bought a 325ci, 5 speed with 78k miles. SES light now on and fault codes all were cleared a month ago are saying I have a bad rear O2 sensor, oil level sensor oil is fine, and #6 coil. Only noticeable performance issue now is hesitation if I accelerate heavy. Replace all 4 O2 and all 6 coils? Other thoughts? Thanks!

2001 325ci
June 13, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would only replace the oxygen sensors that are faulty. No reason to replace good parts. If you a fault for coil #6, start there. This could be the cause of your hesitation. Try swapping a coil and see if the fault code faollows it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mike C Comments: I have 1994 740i w check engine light on. Did the stomp test and get code 1221 over and over. I got a new O2 sensor, installed it, and unhooked the battery for a day. Within 15 mins, the light came back on. Stomp test still reads 1221 over and over, and I can't clear it by holding the pedal down for ten secs or even a few mins. And btw, rt next to the fwd most sensor was another sensor pipe forks into two rt there with a much longer wire going farther back than I cd see. Do I need that one too maybe? And why is it repeating the same code over and over, and only that code? Thx in advance for any advice!! Wasn't easy to change that sensor w just a jack and a curb, and seems to have done nothing. :
June 11, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The code is for the priamry oxygen sensor. If you replaced it and the fault is still present, there may be a wiring issue. Check the circuit back to the DME. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
degee Comments: 95 bmw 850 shut off and does not start again
May 28, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Does the engine crank?

If your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and fuel pressure, volume and quality. Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
toti Comments: tengo un problema en mi bmw 318tds 2.0
se enciende la luz de dsc y de las pastillas de freno y la temperatura de va al maximo y no arranca


I have a problem in my bmw 318tds 2.0 dsc light comes on and the brake pads and the maximum temperature and will not start
May 21, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Start by checking the DSC for fault codes.

If your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and fuel pressure, volume and quality. Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose.- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
msa Comments: i have sent my car to work shop for few oil leakage, but after receiving the car i got 2 errors
first one was transmission fault; but it solved because they didm't put enough oil into the gear.

but today i got another fault; fault in drive! and car was very slow + the revers is vibrating the car + the transmission fault appeared for a while and disappeared again.

but the fault in drive still in the car.
May 14, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would return to the shop and describe the problem to them. if the faults were not present until they repaired a leak in the transmission, they may be able to shed some light on the issue. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Luc Comments: Good evening

I own a 2000 MW 328i and recently came up with a engine warning light. i purchased Peake R5/FCX3 diag tool, where it returned a fc 15 "Exhaust camshaft VANOS retard valve, Cyl #1-4" could someone kindly indicate what the defect is, and how to go about getting this fixed?

Many thanks to this community

Luc
May 5, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This code is telling you your VANOS is not in the desired position. You are going to require a more adavnced BMW scan tool to diganose the system as well as camshaft alignment tools if a repair of the VANOS actuators is required. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Old Henners Comments: 1998 525 diesel auto fuel inject system warning on dash display after battery terminal spark...... any suggestions?
March 20, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would guess you damaged an electrical circuit. Could be a ground connection or a control unit. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Old Henners Comments: fuel inject system warning on dash display after battery terminal spark...... any suggestions?
March 20, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would guess you damaged an electrical circuit. Could be a ground connection or a control unit - Nick at Pelican Parts  
MGregory Comments: 1997 mfg 9/97 E36 E95433 Hi Wayne, I am a loyal reader of your tech tips and need your help. I am trying to clear my dreaded CEL to get my car registered, and bought the Peake Reader from you. I am getting a 3E code, indicating the Aux Air Pump not running. I checked it cold and do not have power to the pump, but it will run if 12Vdc applied. I see the vacuum solenoid has good hoses to it, but has not power connector to it. I cannot locate the correct relay as there are as many locations for this relay as there are people in the world. Can you provide me with a way to find the proper relay and where the vacuum solenoid is supposed to connect to? Thank you!
MGregory
February 26, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The secondary air pump relay is located in the front power distribution box in the rear left of the engine compartment. It is on the top left, toward the firewall and is in a row of three relays.. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
thieu1 Comments: I have an '84 528e. The check engine light is flashing when I turn the ignition to the on position the only way I can make it stop is to press the test button on the computer up on the roof. The pedal depression test doesn't work to produce any codes. It just keeps flashing no matter what. The car won't run. It will start and run for a few seconds and then stop. Replaced all fuses and relays, as well as the in-line fuel pump the one accessed from the trunk. Thoughts or ideas? Thanks.
February 24, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The light that is blinking is the system check light. These vehicles don't have fault codes you can read via a check engine light. I suggest checking to see what is missing when the engine stalls. Spark, fuel or air. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
maximo Comments: help code p1634 please
February 22, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Generally the code refers to: P1634 throttle valve adaptation test failed. Not knowing your vehicle type I cannot be mroe specific. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ntisho Comments: im having aproblem with my bmw318i when put my diagnostic machines it shows fault code no:153 what can be the problem
February 18, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I cannot be 100% without knowing the specifics of your vehicle. But the code can point to a fault in the knock sensor. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sonny Comments: I have two BMW's, a 1987 325iS 150,000 milesand the other a 1989 325i 86,000 miles. They both are very hard starting. People stop and look at me as if to say, NEED HELP? I live in South Florida's warm climate. What steps do I take to solve the hard starting problem.
January 31, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Wow, it could be almost anything. Hard starting issues are typically caused by fuel starvation or improper mixtures on cars that are this old the first thing I would look for are old or cracked hoses that could contribute to a vacuum leak. Try squeezing you chose and see if you can see any cracks that appear as you squeeze it. In particular take a close look at the intake boot to the airflow meter, this is a habit of cracking quite a bit with age. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Greg Comments: i have a 2003 BMW 318i and the DME is bad, can i get a DME that i can just connect and use or all needs to be programed? my fuel is not working with the old DME but if i take a DME from a other BMW it works but car wont start, what do i need to do ?
December 31, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You need a new DME from the dealer or re-man unit. Then it must be programmed to the VIN of your car then aligned with the EWS unit. EWS III systems will only align with the VIN of the car and you cannot rewrite a VIN once it is in a DME. Some rebuilders claim to rewrite VINs but I haven't seen any successful ones. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
harris Comments: Hello , i have BMW320i coupe model 1994 . i have some problem in my car it is showing gear indication light in cluster pannel and car is runnig in only 3rd gear it is automatic japanese model and also showing check engine light ?
December 27, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You have a fault is the EGS system, you need a BMW capable scan tool to pull the trans code and then either clear it or fix it. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
ilovebmw Comments: My 1998 bmw 328 brake light failure and check brake light circuit sometimes flashes on while on the journey. if i stop and request a passenger press the brakes while i comfirm at the back of the car if the brake light are not working, i would be surprised that they are working properly. what could be wrong? is it the relay or sensor?
December 26, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You probably have a bod light housing but you can try putting in the same brand bulds on both side of the car. The light module compares the wattage of each bulb and if they are different it turns on the warning, - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Hitzfeld Auto Comments: We have a shop in Mabank, Tx 92 BMW 325 I come in . No start no spark or injector pulse. found ECU / DME had water in it after Auto Car Wash. Cleaned out ECU. Started up, Running fine
Hope this Info helps somebody out.
November 29, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Ola Comments: Hi, I have a 2005 BMW 320i. The issue I have is that whenever the car fails to start the first time, the engine warning light then illuminates in yellow once it starts and I've driven off. A reading of the fault said it was the cat converter, and to the best of my knowledge, this has been replaced, but the problem persists. Ay idea what the real issue is? As the garages appear clueless.
November 5, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Difficult to say since this car never came to America. When it is not starting verify you have spark, injector pulse and fuel pressure. It is possible that when you crank and not start you do not have spark but you do hace injector pulse. You are now loading up the exhaust with raw fuel and the O2 sensors think the car is bad, just a guess though - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Seblo Comments: I have a flat spot on accelleration on my E46 318i 1999 model. Also the idling drop very bad but when i take out the crank idling valve the car regains it power. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT MY PROBLEM IS. I PUT IN A NEW AIFLOW METER. ALSO MY ASC THE YELLOW WARNING LIGHT COMES ON RANDOMLY. WHAT CAUSES THOSE PROBLEMS.
September 1, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't know what a crank idling valve is. Try cleaning the idle speed motor with carb spray. Your ASC light is probably coming on because you have a bad wheel speed sensor but that is just a guess, you need to pull codes - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
worried stan Comments: hi wayne great book, many great ideals. I bought the R5 tool for fault reading as i have two 5 series e34 so keeping them at tip-top condition is good business. I could get to work on the 1990 e34 but not on the 1994 e34. Looking for information on the problem said something abot the ABS hanging the bus train for the DMA, wayne have you come across a fault like this and if yes how do u go abot correcting the fault as really need to read the DMA to be able fine tune the engine on 1994 e34.
August 19, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try unpluggint the ABS computer and see if you can now get DME codes - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Stevie Landis Comments: Hello recently purchased a 2001 325i automatic trans
that needed a water pump and related parts. after replacing these items and taking it on a test drive it ran for approximately 25 miles and started to stahl. I topped it off with premium fuel, drove it home and it barely made it home. the only way I could keep it running is if I had the accelerator depressed and try to stay off the power brake as much as possible. now it will not start, I replaced fuel filter, fuel pump relay. the only way that i can get the fuel pump to run is with the relay removed and the wires jumped. I know it has spark and believe that injectors are tapping
car still will not start. it appears to have no vaccumn
it also displays codes as follows
102, 171, 174, 313, 1342, and 1344
any help would be appreciate
thank you
July 30, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You may have a bad computer but try to start it with carb spray. Does it start? Do you have enough fuel pressure? Also put the engine at TDC and chdck valve timing - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Ian Comments: Dear Sir

Please assist me. My car is a 1994 E36 BMW 318i, european model and the transmission light comes on when ever I press the switch that is under the accelerator pedel. Once the light comes on the car does not go into a low gear. Once the car is switched off and on the light goes out. A friend of mine scanned the car and I have the following error codes.

1. code 30 Knockdown Switch. Where is this switch and how do I fix the problem.

2. code 117 Fault valve Load Circuit Fuse. Where is this fuse and how do I fix the problem.

3. code 153 Control Voltage of Knock Control. How do I fix the problem.

Thanks
July 17, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: 1. Kickdown switch is below accelerator pedal. Info for code 30: KICK-DOWN SWITCH
Explanation
This defect code is stored when the kick-down signal does not agree with the signal of the accelerator pedal position.

Effect of defect
The control unit suppresses kick-down detection.

Possible Cause
Wire has short to ground or switch is detective.

Troubleshooting
Perform status monitoring. Compare displayed kick-down switch with actual situation.

2. Fault valve load circuit is an ABS code. Possible Valve-circuit fuse faulty, or main relay not picking up, or contacts dirty. Check valve-circuit fuse (30A) and main relay.



3. Knock control is a short or open wire from knock sensor to DME> With key on and engine off, voltage at signal wire of knock sensor should be about 2.5 volts. If it is not, this indicates a faulty circuit, usually a bad sensor.
Knock control info:
Explanation
This trouble code is stored in the case of a break or short at:
Wire from Digital Motor Electronic (DME ) control unit to the knock sensor.
Defective knock sensor.
Troubleshooting
Proceed with displayed scan tool diagnostic instructions where applicable.


- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jimmy Comments: Hi, my 2000X Registration316i which has recently had a new battery fitted has lost the power from it. The alternator is working well and my local garage has informed me it is possibly a fuse from the glove box light. Has anyone experienced this fault before which drains the power from the battery?...Thank you...
June 28, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Unplug the light and see if the battery still dies. You are going to have to connectr a ampmeter in series and unplug each fuse one at a time until the amp reading drops down to almost nothing and then isolate the cause of the draw on that circuit. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
khan__786 Comments: i have a bmw 320i auto. at first whilst driving when i went over bumpy surface my car would loose power and the transmission light would come on. the car was literally turning off for 2-3 seconds the full power would come back like nothing had happened. however the other day the car completely cut out had to wait 30 minutes before it started. what can cause this?
June 10, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't know what year your car is but BMWs have had problems with ignition switches - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Magoo Comments: I have tried the stomp test on our 94 325i many times and the test engine light does not light, The car is misfiring something terrible so I know there is a problem. The light also does not show lit any other time,, is it possible that the light on both of our BMW's could burn out cause it does not light up on our 318 i 96 either. How do I go about testing the cluster lights, I know I have seen it somewhere before, but I cant find it again.
Any Ideas? Thanks
May 11, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Does the light come on when you turn the key on? If not the bulb is probably burnt out or you have a bad DME. If you spray carb spary down the air intake does the engine run better or worse? Are the plugs black from being carbon fouled? - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
richy.glad Comments: l have problem of my bmw 318tds diesel 1998, when the fuel injector pompo is cold it does not start, you have to use petrol or the spray to start it with force, when the engine has taken it heat level if you start it it respone. It happen when the engine is cold.please help me out, l want to know what is causing the problem.Thanks/Richard
May 5, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We are in America and BMW did not bring this car here. It sounds like you have a problem with a coolant sensor or some valve that responds to changes in temperature. I've posted your problem in our forums and maybe one of our readers can help you. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
tatnu72 Comments: Ok..round 2... Took off new MAF and.replaced it with the old...now I'm back to square one. Car isles and runs fine. Turn on ac and idle revs up to 2.5k and when I apply gas and.release it comes down slowly. Without the ac on all seems ok.
May 2, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't know what kind of car we are talking about but BMW typically uses an idle speed motor. Clean the idle speed motor with carb cleaner and check your idle switch. Is the compressor coming on? You may have a bad idle speed motor. I don't know if you tried that already. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
tatnu72 Comments: Ok... 1990 e34... Ran great but...turn on the ac, engine revs and holds steady around 2.5k, I replace throttle position sensor,intake boot is clean and mass airflow sensor has now been replaced...now car starts, reads same code 1215 but stutters and barely runs for longer than a few seconds... I'm at a loss...oh yeah...replaced the idle air control valve as well...
May 2, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If now it starts and stalls try stepping on the gas to keep is running and see if it accelerates. Does the compressor clutch come on? Is the AC compressor seized? and shutting down the engine? - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
SanWhor Comments: ingition problem? on a e36 325i 1994. i have no spark at #5
ignition coil, i have replaced spark plugs,coil boots, and ignition coils, car starts and runs but obviously misfires. any suggestions;
April 28, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You need to check basic engine mechanical integrity before you start chasing possible electrical problems. Is there compression in #5 cylinder? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jsh Comments: yes i have 1996 bmw ti i was wondering what i should try to do, well it starts and runs real good but once i shut it off it wont restart till the next day
April 2, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking the DME for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
smithers Comments: hi i have a e46 320i 2001 with loss of power at all times have to gently press throttel to get any sort of powere with no codes.as so when at working temp after tuning off mager miss fires and seems to be bogging its self this throws sylinder missfire coads only and bank inbalance code parts i have changes are as follows,air intake boots,mass air,o2 sensors pre cat,spark plugs,cleaned icv,fuel filter and thermostat sensor can you help ?
March 12, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You need to do some basic engine mechanical diagnosis: compression test and (maybe) leak down test. Then proceed to a fuel delivery system test. Check fuel pressure, volume and quality.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jayne Comments: error codes p016, p018, p012, p022
March 5, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: truncated message - Nick at Pelican Parts  
serge Comments: can someone help me find the problem
the computer reading code P0171 / P0174
What's the common cause?
February 29, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a vacuum leak or a bad mass air flow sensor. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
cammed7 Comments: I HATE THE 1222 CODE
January 24, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Funny,alot of people do.

If the signal from the O2 sensor indicates a very lean or very rich mixture for more than 10 seconds, then the computer generates this code. It could mean a faulty O2 sensor, or a problem with another component. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
K-KUT Comments: hey guys i could use a lil bit of help on this one....i have a 91 525i, the car has had its fair share of problems but nothing i wouldnt expect given the age of the car. So the other morning i started the car up to warm it up before i left for work and after a couple of minutes of ideling just fine it started to sputter for a couple of seconds and then died out on me, i tried to start it back up and it will not start back up, it rolls over and almost fires up but never quite gets there. so its now been almost a week and i did the stomp test but it keeps tellin me 1000, which i find a lil wierd because the check engine light is almost always on so i would think some code or codes would be showing but what do i know......if anyone has any suggestions or tips,advice.....would be very helpful!!
January 23, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start out by performing a fuel delivery system test. Check fuel pressure, volume and quality.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Darlene Comments: GABE, I have had the same problems with my 318ti. The 02 sensor has been replaced, The Mass Airflow sensor has been cleaned, and the ICV has also been cleaned, and the Cam shaft sensor has also been cleaned. I got the 1222 code doing the stomp test. My check engine light also comes on when idling for a minute or so at stop lights then turns off when I press the gas pedal. I'm not sure if the problem is fixed yet, haven't driven the car far enough since the cam shaft sensor has been cleaned. There is a common problem with the camshaft sensors in which there is a plastic housing which tends to crack and allow dirt/oil get in and this could cause the problem. They do make metal casings on some of them, which I do have. I'll keep you posted. Oh, and a vacuum leak could also be a problem, check all your hoses. My son did replace a couple that looked questionable. Good luck.
January 15, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the Info. We appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
John Comments: I have a euro spec 1985 320i, tried to do the stomp test but absolutely nothing happens. It has the 15 pin diagnostic port under the hood, and I haven't found a code checker compatible with the 15 pin port. The car cranks just fine, and, depending on the mood it is in, it will start and then die after it gets warmed up, or just not start at all. From the symptoms, a bad main relay seems to be the problem. To complicate things further, in the auxiliary relay panel, where most e30s have the fuel pump relay, the main relay and the oxygen sensor heater relay, my car only has one relay, and there aren't even connections for the other two. The relay says it is the fuel pump relay part number 13631714195 and is seven prong. From what I have read online, most fuel pump relays are 5 prong and most main relays are either 4 or 5 prong, so I am wondering if this is some kind of combination relay or something. Anyone have an idea?

Thanks
December 30, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We are in America and probably don't have access to wiring diagrams for your car. I've posted your problem on a forum so maybe one of our readers can help you. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Gabe Comments: what could be another reason i am getting a 1222 on my 1995 318is besides the O2 sensor being out? i just replaced the O2 sensor. only comes on if i am stopped and idling for about a minute or so, and it goes away once i give it gas and start to move. Thank you for your help before! much appreciated.
December 24, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check out our tech article on fault codes:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticles/Mult-Code_Reading/Mult-Code_Reading.htm
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Andrey Comments: Hi, so I have a 1995 m3 US spec. I just did an engine swap, I put in a 1999 s52 motor in there but with the obd-I conversion. Runs like a beauty. One issue tho, I start up the car and let it idle for about 2 mins and I get the check engine light code 1216 Throttle Position Switch Fault. If I don't let the car idle and just start driving, the error won't come up untill I stop and idle for 2 minutes. I tried replacing the throttle position sensor with no luck.. Let me know what you think the issue is. Thanks.
December 13, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A custom swap like this, especially where an OBD II engine is swapped into an older vehicle, all bets are off! It will take plenty of trial and error to figure this one out--unless someone else out there has your exact system and problem. I'm posting this in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Carrie Comments: I have a 99 BMW 540i with a Cooling Map fault code 1223, I think. Is it fairly easy to change out the thermostat yourself?
December 5, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Aussie Steve Comments: Thanks for another great article, my daughter videoed the lamp outputs for me, it certainly made it easier with many fault codes.
December 4, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Brad Comments: I'm getting code 1222 on my 93 318i occasionally but consistently under the same conditions. The code always comes on at high speed when the throttle is closed decelerating. I suspect a leaky fuel injector or burning oil - spark plug #4 shows signs but consumption is excessive. Have already changed the O2 sensor with exactly the same results. Gas mileage is trending lower. Any thoughts?
December 2, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check engine compression and leak-down before you chase fuel or other types of problems. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
eddy Comments: hi, I own a used 1996 328i, I've replaced the ignition motor , done a routine maintenance, replaced a gas pump, but whenever I start the car cold it starts really rough sometimes hesitates and for a while after it warms up it softens but idles below 700 rpm then it goes lower down to 500 , when I put it on park it shakes and begins to idle erratically, when on the road I get poor engine performance and excessive vapor when cold. I had the car checked at auto zone but they gave me the codes for a volkswagen P1525: camshaft control circuit and P0412: air injection system fault. what can it really be?
November 28, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Test the engine compression and leak down. You need to make sure there is no head gasket problem if you're seeing excessive steam out of the tail pipe. In extreme cases, coolant could be collecting in the crankcase: Check the dipstick to see if it is covered with a mayonnaise-like substance at the tip. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
koks Comments: my E36 320i 95 model wont start. only cranks. checked all the fuses are ok.
November 21, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I can't help without knowing what is missing from the system when you are trying to start it. When your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and pressure fuel, volume and quality. Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
bubba Comments: i have a 1995 318i bmw with no power on the fuel pump an also used a test light to check to see if i had power on the intake an also no power every where else i have power turns over but sounds like its not fireing well i no its not changed ecu still nothing what should i check or do next
November 18, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Have you checked the fuel pump fuse? Fuel pump ground? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Nii Comments: I have an E36 318is M42 the OBD showed those 2 errors:
Knock Sensor 2
Knock Control out of range
so i changed both knock sensors and erased the Fault Errors then tested the Car then again the OBD showed the same error. so what does that mean ?? and what does Knock Control out of range mean? can anyone help please??
November 16, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Knock sensor out of range could mean corroded or broken wiring in the knocks sensor circuit. With age, the wire inside the insulation could harden, corrode and break. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ILoveMyChevy Comments: 2001 330I- replaced the intake hoses giant holes in em when the car sits over night it takes forever for it to start n when it does it bogs and has a missfire. After it warms up n ya drive for about 20min it runs fine but if u punch it the rpms go up but it acts like a m/t n someone's ridding the clutch until u let off the gas n ease into the peddle even when ya put it into sport shift or manual shift it does the same thing...
November 3, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You seem to be describing two separate problem:

-The engine does not run well when cold--start with a fuel delivery system test. Check fuel pressure, volume and quality.

-The transmission slips--check atf level.

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Doug Comments: Hi guys, I have a 2002 M5, S62, Runs perfect, everyonce in a while throws codes, typical BMW. LOL. Codes AB- coolant plausability? What the hell is that? Also last set was b3-b2- ae-af- , She doesn't like cold takes a minutes to warm up or she stumbles reg maintenance always performed, I know the MAF'S will cause goofy codes. Any ideas? Thank You
November 1, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A plausibility code often means that a sensor is out of range or connectors or wiring to the sensor is corroded or broken. For a start, check the wiring and connector to the coolant temperature sensor and the radiator outlet temperature sensor. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
dan Comments: ingition problem? on a e36 325i 1993. i have no spark at #2 ignition coil i have replaced spark plugs,coil boots, and ignition coils, also the computer was replaced and still no spark at 2&3 coils. car starts and runs but obviously misfires. any suggestions;
October 17, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Start with an engine mechanical integrity test--compression and leak-down--before chasing more obscure problems. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
dalex Comments: Hi, I have a BMW745i 2001 model with error 2737 EWS 3.3 antitampering protection error and 2857 variable valve gear learning function. stop bank 2. Maybe as a result of the first. Car won't crank. nothings happens when starter is pressed. Can anyone help? Thanks
October 14, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: EWS problems can only be diagnosed using the BMW specific scan tool. Some independent shops and of course all dealers are equipped with this piece of equipment and the software to diagnose the problem. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jader Comments: Hi I have a Jap import 1998 318ti. Yesterday while driving on the motorway with half a tank of fuel the fuel guage shot to empty and the red light came on. It now stays on permanently. Can you tell me why, what I need to do or my best contact to fix this please? Thanks
September 25, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking the DME for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
pablo arroyo Comments: Hi, I have the error code 1234 in my BMW 318i, 1995... That problem causes a fuse open, the number of the fuse is 46 "Instrument Cluster". Every time I turn on my car, I use it for a while and then the fuse opens, what could it be? DO I have to change the instrument cluster? or should I inspect more? thanks,
September 25, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Instrument cluster in these cars has been problematic. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Chief Nmaju Comments: I have a 750il 1994, the fuel gauge, temperature gauge, econ o-scope and the warning lights disappeared. And the fuse box cover direction of fuses is written in Germany that I cannot interpret same. Kindly assist me.
September 23, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The instrument cluster in these vehicles is prone to malfunction and there are no easy fixes. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
yaar96 Comments: Hi, I have a 2001 330i it cuts off while driving especially when the rpm is 20 k/h and the engine light is on, I checked it its oxygen sensor. I am wondering if the oxygen sensor is fualty or if there is a cut in the oxygen sensor wires does the car cuts off?? or it could be the fuel injectors. need ur help plz.
September 15, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking the DME for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Kevin Comments: 2007 BMW 750 Li..... the engine light is on when we went from Vegas to Big Bear Lake. We refueled on the way up there. The next day in the morning when started the car, the light came on and the car started to shake. After the second start the shaking went away but the light is still on even i put more gas and drove almost 200 miles. The car runs nice and no trouble, as matter a fact got a speeding ticket doing 100 in 70 few miles passed Baker. Any ideas?
September 5, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking the DME for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Brent Comments: i have a 328i 1999. I have no injector pulse. What controls it??
September 3, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The crank sensor sends the signal to the DME. I would start by testing the crank sensor. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
freakoutfun Comments: have a '03 318 2litre petrol, of late, car starts then warning lights come on Hazard, ASC, Handbrake, radio shuts down, windows and windscreen wipers go in slow motion and car loses power. It has also refused to start once or twice but pushed started it. Have changed ignition switch and alternator. Could you help me out please? Car runs perfect otherwise. though today the revs moved up and down without foot on accelerator
August 26, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking the DME for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Tatiana Comments: i have a 97 318ise36. problem is my car is stalling wen decreasing speed or waiting at a traffic light. the idle beomes erratic then revs up on its own drops and switches off. on a 15 minute drive in traffic the car switches off about 10 times. what could be the cause of this?
August 26, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking the DME for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
rossie Comments: i have a 1989 325i runs fine at night in the day runs about 20 minuets and then starts to die and runs rough when you stop acts like its vapor locking??????
August 12, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would perform a fuel delivery system test. Check fuel pressure, volume and quality. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ben Comments: and to clarify, by power I mean engine power, not electrical power.
August 7, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Truncated message - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ben Comments: I know its hard if not impossible to properly diagnose a problem over the internet, but any insight or ideas would be appreciated. My 1985 325e was running ok, but occasionally would loose all power while driving and nearly stall, after a couple seconds the power would come back. Then after this occured for a couple days the car just doesnt start, it turns over fine but there is no ignition. I originally thought it was a fuel delivery problem, but it doesnt ignite with a spray of starter fluid either so i dont think it is. I tried to get any error codes but when i press the pedal 5 times the light just blinks once and then waits about 5 seconds and then blinks again and continues doing that. Any insight?
August 7, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is possibly a crank sensor. Do you have injector pulse? - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Dar Comments: I checked my codes as suggested, and I came up with the 1222, but it kept doing the same code over and over again, and never ended. Does this mean it is not working properly? I am having starting problems when the engine is hot, it starts fine in the morning, and then after I drive for more than 15 minutes or so, and try to restart it turns over but won't start. Seems like a problem with fuel. I can sometimes get it to start if I push on the gas. If the car sits for a while, then it will start again also. Someone said it was the fuel pump going. The check engine light comes on intermittently, when I sit at a stop light, but goes off when I step on the gas. Could it be the fuel pump relay, or DME relay or 02 sensor? Thanks for any help.
August 7, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You did not say what the year, model or any other specifics about your car. In any case, I would perform a fuel delivery system test. Check fuel pressure, volume and quality. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
janice Comments: I have a 1987 BMW 735i when I start it, it runs roughly,when I press on the gas it skips & jumps& starts backfiring. We have changed plugs,wires,distributor&cap,cleaned injectors,checked vacummn hoses,¬hing works.Can you please help me
August 7, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would perform a fuel delivery system test. Check fuel pressure, volume and quality. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
shorty Comments: hi ive got a 1992 bmw 318i having trouble finding a fault code 00200 anyides plz wud be gratefull thanks
July 13, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm thinking it's a code for the #1 injector maybe - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
sajid Comments: Greetings!I have BMW 1992 320I.I have got issue regarding switching off of engine after the a/c is turned on for about half an hour. Any idea? Thanks!
July 12, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's possible the fuel pressure is low and the fuel boils in the fuel lines once the engine compartment gets super hot. I would perform a fuel delivery system test. Check fuel pressure, volume and quality. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
DanH Comments: I have a 1992 318i. It's got some issues I'm trying to sort out but I'm having the infinite looping check code issue described by Craig, Mike, and Tony. I cannot seem to figure out how to reset the codes, which makes continuing diagnositcs and troubleshooting difficult. Holding the pedal down for 10s doesn't do it.

Has anyone had experience with this and figured out a way to reset the codes?
July 10, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try disconnecting the battery and connecting the two terminals togherher for a few hours. Also check the voltage on the WOT switch. Maybe that is why you can't clear codes. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
badnewsone Comments: update on my comment...got the stomp method to work thanks Robert holding pedal down on 5th stomp works on mine the code its showing is 1444 no more faults..but still wont start..tried the starting fluid trick and it does fire...I have power at the fuel pump fuse while cranking the engine...that should mean I have power going to the pump but I;m going to jump the relay just in case
why would the code read 1444 though and still have problems?
July 1, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not having the year of the vehicle makes it hard to figure out where to start. I would perform a fuel delivery system test. Check fuel pressure, volume and quality. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
badnews Comments: bought a 325i coupe yesterday,,started it probably 30 times in total and it worked great. went to start it this morning and cranks but wont start. I have fuel in the fuel rail and power at the fuse while cranking. cant get the stomp test to work, will try holding pedal down on 5th pump.but my check engine light stays on continuosly,also the SMS light is on continuous then flashes after about 5 minutes. could the SMS light be affecting not starting?
June 30, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This question is followed up by the next. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ph Comments: this is my second question send to you. Now I have obd scaner tool but prefer for ODB ii that for 1996 or later but my car 11/1993 pls:give me advise [expert guy] how to use it for testing my car yr 11/1993 If possible can I get R5/FCX from and cost how much
June 26, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You cannot use and OBD II compliant scan tool on any car that does not have OBD II software protocol, but good luck. Contact one of our parts specalist at 888 280 7799 to get the right tool you need. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
ph Comments: pls:I have e36 M325i production yr of 11/1993 How can I use RS/FCX or another such as ELM 327 obd ii scaner
June 26, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You cannot use and OBD II scan tool. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
SAM Comments: MY 2003 - 325I throwing fault codes 296B After cat 02 Sensor Switched, 2774 engine cut off time and 2869 DME self diagnostics : RAM check failed, checked with Peake reader, what does these mean and I got a service engine soon light, do I need to do any thing immediately or just reset the fault codes and wait until next time they show up, please help.
June 24, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This is very difficult to understand. I cannot tell what actual problem, if any, you are having with your car. If you have a scan tool, go ahead and clear the codes and recheck them and get back to us. And please write clearly. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Paul D Comments: I have a 1995 325i. I did the gas pedal code method and it showed a code of 1221. It kept repeating it over and over and would never go to the 1000 code as stated in your directions. I replaced the O2 sensor but my car will still not start. No other codes show up with this test. I am unable to clear the code by holding the gas pedal down for 10 or more seconds. Any advice??
May 24, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: How about we get the car started first. Do you have spark? Do you have injector pulse? Do you have fuel pressure? - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
raydog Comments: i have a 2001 3.0i x5 i changed the head gasket to find the problem was the ccv valve/hose frozen used carb and brake cleaner to clean all components.car starts runs well ses lite on code 1347 intake cam timing over advanced 6deg bank #1.i changed the cam position sensor cleared code went for 50mi ride turned car off/on ses lite on
May 15, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You probably have to remove and reinstall the the cam gears again with the vanos and make sure they are in the correct position when you install them - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
MAVERICK Comments: Hi, I have a 2033 318i E46. i recently changed the fuel filter. the fuel gauge reflects quarter tank available and the range reflects +- 200 km. the car is cutting off and not starting again until i refuel. please assist
May 10, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Keep refueling it and change the fuel level sender - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
duckrr Comments: I have a 9/98 528i. After replacing the head gasket on it, had issues with O2 sensor codes. I replaced most sensors and just replaced the o2 sensors again. Using a Peake reader now down table 11 E3, E4, CC, D6. Idle control Valve looks like a strong possibility, that might take care of the first 3 codes? Figure running rich at start could be throwing false O2 code? The D6 baffles me, however has noticable shift issues automatic, but speedometer works. Any advice?
May 3, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Why is it running rich on a cold start? The computer does not even look at the O2 sensor until the car goes into closed loop when it has warmed up. Maybe you have a vacuum leak. Try spraying around the intake and see if the engine rpm changes. Does the fuel pressure bleed down overnight? Maybe you have leaking injectors. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
mo65 Comments: Ok great that worked much better.This time on my 99bmw 540i i only pulled two codes.....8d is for the cooling fan control and 21 is for camshaft VAN0S control,Cyl#1-4
April 19, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: make sure the cooling fan relays work and power the vanos solenoid while the car is running and see if the engine rpm changes. You may have a bad solenoid or vanos gear. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
mo65 Comments: Hello i just get the R5/Fcx code reader and i pulled my codes i had a few that it pulled but i am trying to go for the main one that making my 99 bmw 540i knock after its warmed up.here is a list of the codes....0f 8c 8d 1a 21 3e 39 32 0a if am reading this right i think the camshaft VANOS control cyl#1-4 is bad. i think thats why am pulling the other cyl# 1-4 codes.But am not a 100% sure that am reading it right.Any help would be great
April 11, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you just got the code reader, it may be reading codes from a long time ago. Write them down, then reset them all, and then run the car for another 25-50 miles and re-read them. Then take a closer look at those codes, as those will be the ones that are currently in fault. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
beemeboy Comments: Hi Wayne, thanks for your reply. Please refer to my post of March 10th. Still I have a doubt: The ignition key has 2 points before starter: 1 odometer lits on 2 all the monitor lamps turn on,3 start the engine and the lights turn off, if everything is OK. For the reading of codes you turn the key to point 1 or point 2???? . In any case, 1 or 2 should the check engine light turn on for a while? because if it doesn´t , as in my car, the bulb is blown out or missing in the board. What do you think?
April 1, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I believe that it's position #2. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
jar head Comments: code 1418 came up on my OBD-II.i was wondering what it could be?
March 26, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It would appear to be a secdonary air injection issue, which probably means a defective pump, or a simply vacuum leak to the pump. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
mo65 Comments: Can any one till me what would make my 99bmw 540i start to knock after its warm up pass the blue mark
March 23, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Possibly bad gas, incorrect timing, or a defective knock sensor. I would pull the fuel injection trouble codes and see what they are telling you about the car. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
John Comments: I have this very intermitent problem,,only on cold starts,,or during winter months,,i live in Ohio,,,i get a P0306 cyl 6 misfire,about once a week,,i have swapped 6 with the 5 cyl coil,,put in new spark plug,I run NGK laser plat's,,old plug looked fine,,and put on new boot,got the code this Morn,,i imeediatly clear the code,,and it starts up fine,,and off i go,,,could this be a dirty injector,,or a fuel issue,,fuel filter changed out 3 years ago..
March 23, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure, problems like these are difficult to diagnose. I would run a compression check on the engine just to make sure the mechanicals are okay. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Dricko Comments: I changed the clutch on my 2001 318ti. In the process I removed some sensors and reconected them after the installation. Now the car wont start. What should I do? Dricko
March 18, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would double-check all of the connections to make sure all of the connectors are fully seated firmly and properly. Then I would check the codes that the computer is outputting when it doesn't start. I'm pretty sure that will tell you what sensor is not functioning properly. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Snake Comments: Hi, my 95 318ic is giving me the fault code 1286 but I don't see that code listed on the table. Am I counting wrong?
March 15, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think that this code references the knock sensor control of the fuel injection system, but I don't have my manuals handy here to check right now. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Paul Comments: I received the error code "C8 - DME control unit selftest" on my 94 318ic. I cleared the code with my Peake scan tool and the CIL has not come back on. What was the error? I have been checking all over without any solution.
March 14, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not sure - I haven't seen this before either. I'm thinking that either this was triggered by a power failure on the bus (dead battery), or the DME had some internal problem and ran a self-diagnostic check on itself. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Tony Comments: I was reading some comments from people with infinitely repeating knock sensor 2 codes... I thought I would add that my 95 M3 has always repeated its codes over and over until the switch is shut off, no matter the code, incuding 1444 no fault. It may be due to differences in DME software versions, perhaps?
March 13, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the Info. We appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
beemboy Comments: Hi Wayne, I own a 1994 E36 with a OBD I. Despite I tried many times I cannot make the check engine lamp flash. To my knowledge, maybe 3 possibilities: 1 I don´t have any fault highly improbable 2 The ECU is failing 3 The check engine lamp in the dashboard is faulty or missing. I've read that some models don´t have it installed in order not to bother the owner with many fault flash sounds logical to you?. What can I do? Thank you
March 10, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Some people just can't get this info out of their car. I have not heard of any cars installed without it, but it is tricky, and some cars may not be working properly. If you can't get the information out using the "pedal method", then I recommend that you purchase a Peake Research code reader, which is shown here in my tech article: http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticles/Mult-Code_Reading/Mult-Code_Reading.htm - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
mo65 Comments: I need to know if you i can read the fault code on a 1999 BMW 540i without a scan tool
March 8, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Nope, sorry you need a scan tool in order to read codes on your car. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Jee Comments: Hi Wayne, I have a 99 328i. Ive got a check engine light on, Code P0340...It states Camshaft Position Sensor Circuit A Malfunction. Is this a problem with the sensor?

Ive got another problem, the remote door lock from the key doesnt work. what do I check?
March 3, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It certainly sounds like it may be a troublesome sensor. As for the remote, I have an article on reprogramming your key, I would probably start there: http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticles/101-Projects-92-Alarm-Install/101-Projects-92-Alarm-Install.htm - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Greg Comments: I have a 2003 318ti. It has intermittant misfire and occasional stalling. We have have it scanned and the following codes came up.274E..misfire detection,sumcheck error,2742.. misfire detection cyl 1,2743 misfire cyc 3, 2753 misfire cycl 1. Any thoughts? This problem has been around for a while.
February 28, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Misfire codes are tough to diagnose as they could be caused by many different things. On some cars, a faulty dual-mass flywheel will cause the issue, as the misfire code is triggered by slight variations seen in the reading of the engines rpm. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
big al Comments: I have a 2002 325i. Getting code 1085 running lean. Could it be a fuel filter causing the problem. It is the original fuel filter.
February 26, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hmm, it might be caused by a clogged filter, but I would guess probably not. Still, changing the filter is probably something you want to do, and it's also probably one of the easiest things to do, so I would indeed start there and then see if the code continues to be triggered. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
benny Comments: bmw compact 316 99model had lots of vaccum problem which affected the fuel consumption and was fixed. but consumption did not improved. diagnostic result was "120 signal hot -film air mass flow sensor p0101" and "121 signal intake air temperature p0110" changed air mass meter and consumption improved from 18mpg to 26mpg. is that the best i can get?
February 19, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: 26-30 seems to be what I would expect out of your car. The compacts were good cars for getting a lot of miles out of a tank, but they weren't known as super gas sippers, if I recall correctly. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Adam Comments: I have a scan tool and it is showing Chart 16, 06 - which is fuel injector,cyl#1 What does the DME do to verify that the injector is working correctly? The car seems to run fine. Also is it ok to replace 1 injector or should I replace all of them as a set? Thanks Adam
February 16, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Good question. The DME can only perform a limited number of tests on the components in the engine to see if they are functioning properly. I believe that this code is triggered when the DME doesn't receive the correct resistance or back EMF from the connection to the injector. Sort of the same way that the car knows that a light bulb is out. This may show a problem with the wire harness rather than the injector itself. One way to test is to take the #1 injector and swap it with another known working injector to see if the fault follows the injector. If it does follow the injector, the problem is with the injector itself. If the fault stays with #1, then it's a problem with either the wire harness or the actual DME. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
328iguy Comments: Hi

I have 2 quick questions. In my 96 328i I'm getting no heat although Cool air does and when Defroster is on heat comes out? how can I get heat? 2nd, My steering wheel makes noise like a tightness/screech sound when turning? and help? Thanks
February 10, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: On the heat issue, I would take a wild guess that your flappers in your dash are broken and stuck pointing at the windscreen? As for the steering wheel, sounds like you need to replace the bushings in the column. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
MNJarhead Comments: I have a 2000 316i with European specs and an M44 engine I'm in Germany. Shortly after I bought the car the check engine light came on. I bought the Peake tool to read the code and the code it was throwing was "Pruefung Kraftstoff-Versorgungssystem". If I'm translating that right it's "Inspect Fuel Supply System". I replaced the fuel filter and fuel cap and added some material to make the gasket seal and looked for any other possible problems. I can't find anything wrong and the car is running fine. I've reset the light a couple times and every time it comes back on in a couple days.
Is there something I have to do to let the computer know that I inspected the fuel system? Or is there something else wrong that I'm not seeing?
February 9, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not super familiar with this code, but it does sound like you're on the right track. There may be a vacuum leak somewhere in your closed fuel system. On these modern cars, there is a pressure sensor that detects the pressure in the gas tank. If the pressure sensor indicates a leak to atmosphere, then it may trigger a code like you've found. I would check all of the fuel breather hoses, the gas cap (as you have done) and the general condition of the fuel system. If you drive for a while and then remove the gas cap, it should make a "swishing" noise as air rushes in. If it doesn't then it may be a symptom of a vacuum leak in the tank / fuel line system. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Jess Comments: Trying to read fault codes on my 1995 325i E36. Turn on key don't start engine, but my check engine doesn't flash. it stays on constantly. Tried various times.
January 31, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Getting the "pedal trick" just right the first time can be frustrating. If you follow the instructions in the article it *should* work. Most people mess it up the first few times, but then then figure out what they were doing incorrectly. Also, it may be that non-US cars in 1995 might have had a slightly different system (not completely sure). - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
theputum Comments: Have a 1995 750iL that is throwing a P1383 OBD2 code ignition monitoring malfunction along with misfires on cylinders 7-12 when a kickdown i.e pedal to the floor is initiated. MAF has been replaced along with the rear VCV near the firewall to no avail. No leak on the rubber hose from the MAF to the throttle body either. High rpm driving in S2 does not trigger code, only in a kickdown operation usually from 5th gear to 3rd. After kickdown, rpms on the engine go up but doesn't seem like transmission is kicking down in gear to grab. CEL flashes and transmission is in limphome mode until engine restart. Any ideas?
January 25, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That's an odd set of codes. I don't have any specific recommendations, except that I think this might be related to a transmission issue instead of an engine issue. Maybe it could be a mixture of both - I'm just not sure, sorry... - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Biggles Comments: 1996 BMW 318TI E36 Hatchback Japanese assembled, I bought a Peake Diagnostic Tool which fits into the under hood connector but no reaction, almost like no electrical power, any ideas why the Tool does not work ?
January 21, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It may be that the Peake tool doesn't work with the cars from Japan? I would contact them directly and ask if there is some type of incompatibility? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Daris Comments: I drive a 04/92 325i and did the pedal trick to read my code. I got a 1216 which is a throttle position sensor. I replaced it and want to clear the codes, but the car never gives me the 1000 code telling me its done. Instead, it seems to repeat the 1216 code over and over. Is there another method to clear the codes that doesn't involve the service tool? Any other suggestions?

Thanks
Daris - Tulsa, OK
January 10, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not that I'm aware of, the pedal code can be tricky to get right - I've always had difficulty with it. I just use the code reader. In particular, the 1992 E36 cars had some electrical bus bugs that cause problems, perhaps this is what you're seeing as well. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
1998 318ti Comments: Tried this with the Peake R5 tool on a 1998 318ti and I just get "-" with no reported error even though the CEL remains on. I cleared the CEL and it remained off for a few days, but just came back on. Any other avenues to get the code beyond going to the dealer? My wife did happen to put 87 octance in just before the light came on... any chance that's the issue?
January 6, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not sure on this one, the Peake tool does have the occasional problem with some cars. I would fill it up with some good quality gasoline and possibly some injector cleaner and let it run though a few tanks of gas to see if the problem goes away. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Robert Comments: On my 1993 E36 325i I have to hold the peddle down on the fifth stomp to make the stomp test work. I read somewhere that this is true for the 93 and 94 year models. If the test is not working for you, and you have a pre-96 model, try it before giving up. Pelican, thanks for the code reset step of holding the throttle down after the codes.
December 7, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Cool, thanks for adding that tip - a lot of people seem to have problems getting this to work properly for them. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
jigger Comments: ive just posted this ad BELOW and forgot to mention that it misfires aswell sometimes and other times its fine
Hi i have a 2003 320i coupe with 53k miles,i have a problem with my engine management light coming on,i recently had this on a computer and it was coming up with COIL PACK 3,FUEL CUT OFF,i know its not the coil pack as ive changed this 3 times and even swapped them around in the engine but it still comes up with this same problem,please help,thanks Jase
November 29, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the wiring between the DME and the coil pack. Also check the voltage signal on the trigger wire for the coil. Maybe you have a bad computer or bad wiring. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
jigger Comments: Hi i have a 2003 320i coupe with 53k miles,i have a problem with my engine management light coming on,i recently had this on a computer and it was coming up with COIL PACK 3,FUEL CUT OFF,i know its not the coil pack as ive changed this 3 times and even swapped them around in the engine but it still comes up with this same problem,please help,thanks Jase
November 29, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Okay, if it's not the actual coil pack, then it can only really be one of two other things. Either there's a section of the wire harness that is tweaked, or the DME (main computer) has a coil stage that is defective and not functioning properly. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Wakatipu Bill Comments: My 1989 BMW 318i has developed a strong petrol smell noticeable when accelerating - I have checked all the fuel lines for leaks etc but none apparent - is it the carbie or what - any ideas out there please
November 13, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would take a wild guess and say that you might have a leaky injector - I would check the seals around the injectors. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Jarrod Comments: I purchased my 1996 328is and the previous owner had an electrical fire that started in the fuel injection wire harness. The engine wire harness and both computers dmein the front passengers sideengine compartment were replaced. now, when i put the key in the ignition and turn it, i hear a click and then all the electronics blank out. If i disconnect the battery and then reconnect it again i can repeat the same but no starting action. Any idea what i should be looking at? Thank you.
November 10, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There's some type of circuit breaker mechanism (or loose wire) for the car that is not functioning properly. I've seen this before on other cars. I would try pulling all of the fuses and then put them back in one-by-one and then turn the key after each one to see if you can isolate the problem. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
mysticsteve Comments: BMW 318I - 1985 - Engine performs well/smooth up to 2000 rpm, then become eratic/misfire under load - smooths out at 3000 rpm. new plugs, plug wires, rotor, dist. cap, vacuum advance mechanism The vac. relay works. any suggestions ??
November 5, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's tough to diagnose something like this over the Internet, but the first thing I always tell people is to triple-check for vacuum leaks in the intake manifold. They can be difficult to find when idling, but can increase under load. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
328i Guy Comments: Hi again. I have the 96 328i and I'm getting a little heat when driving some distance underneath the steering wheel area. Any ideas or help? Thanks
November 2, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hmm, I'm not sure, but it may be that a vent flap in your air conditioning / heater system may be stuck open? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Lane Comments: Will this Peake Tool spit out codes all 4 on a 5/87 3.25i, Motronic 1.1
October 25, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I believe so, but I would check the link to Peake's website (shown in the article) to be 100% sure that the tool is compatible with that year. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Dead end Comments: I have a 1996 318ti it started fine but.... The fuel injector wires and fuel rail breather hoses caught fire accidently I removed the hoses and cut the fuel injector wires down till I could reconnect to good wire and reconnected to injector but it still does not start it just keeps turning over like there's no spark or fuel any ideas anyone? How do I identifiy which relay is for what? M44 motor 4 cylinder 5 speed manual transmission/ac
October 16, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: By a repair manual available at the Pelican website for your car. You may have a damaged DME from the wires being on fire and possibly grounded - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Lonnie Comments: I have a 1993 BMW 525i, it ran rough the other day, it would stall & hestitate pulling out and the engine idle would drop and then rev up and sometimes it would die. It gave me the 1222 code. I do not see obvicious vac leaks, the O2 sensor gave a unplugged volt of 0.47volts, hot it fluctated between 0.0004-0.63, is this within normal ranges? Please give me some input
October 13, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: O2 sensor voltages sound normal. Try adding carb spray down the air intake, does the engine smooth out? Also try spraying carb spray around the intake and see if the rpms increase at a certain spot. That is the source of you vacuum leak - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
preston Comments: I have an E30 325is, 1990 model. I has been running fine, but recently started having the check engine light come on at idle after it has sat at a stoplight for 20-30 seconds. Reving the engine makes it go away, but it comes back again if left on idle. Throttle body and mass ari sensor have been cleaned, also the rubber boot is clean, and the air filter. Oxygen sensor was new about 20,000 miles ago. No vacuum or exhaust leaks that I can find. Any suggestions?
thnaks
October 4, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would see what codes you can pull out of the car. Something is causing the fuel injection system to move out of it's normal operating range at idle - I would double-check the idle control valve if you've checked everything else. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Lonnie Comments: I have a 1993 BMW 525i, it ran rough the other day, it would stall & hestitate pulling out and the engine idle would drop and then rev up and sometimes it would die. It gave me the 1222 code. I do nto see obvicious vac leaks, the O2 sensor gave a unplugged volt of 0.47volts, hot it fluctated between 0.0004-0.63, is this within normal ranges? Also a friend suggested I check the throttle position sensor. It read withthe harness unpluged probing pin 1 and ground in the harness connector 0 volts, 1 and 3 pins were 4.ok ohms, and 1 and 2 pins were 1.o - 4.0 ohms. Could the 0 volts be a problem?? thanks
October 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not if it is supposed to be the ground. If it is a switch then the top and bottom pin will switch voltage at WOT and idle. If it is a sensor then back probe the connector while it is connected to the sensor. One wire should have 5 volts, the second wire will start off at .5 volts and as you open the throttle it will increase up to 4.5 volts and the last wire should be 0 volts called ground - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Lonnie Comments: I have a 1993 BMW 525i, it ran rough the other day, it would stall & hestitate pulling out and the engine idle would drop and then rev up and sometimes it would die. It gave me the 1222 code. I do nto see obvicious vac leaks, the O2 sensor gave a unplugged volt of 0.47volts, hot it fluctated between 0.0004-0.63, is this within normal ranges? Also a friend suggested I check the throttle position sensor. It read withthe harness unpluged probing pin 1 and ground in the harness connector volts, 1 and 3 pins were 4.ok ohms, and 1 and 2 pins were 1.o - 4.0 ohms. Could the 0 volts be a problem?? thanks
October 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Maybe it's a bad TPS. If it is a switch then check the voltage on the outer pins at idle and WOT. If it is a sensor then one wire will have 5 volts, the second wire will change between .5 and 4.5 volts as you open the throttle and the last wire is ground. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
328i Comments: Greetings! I have a 1996 328i and I'm getting a very light tapping in the engine sort of on driver side, goes away then comes back when ever. Drives great besides that. Any ideas? thanks for any help
September 18, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like a sticky lifter. I would try changing your oil, but using a lighter weight oil than you are using now, maybe a synthetic. Switching oils like this fixed the problem on my car when this happened. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
BMWer' Comments: How do I do the "stomp test" exactly? and properly? I just got a 1996 325i with a check engine light and the guy said "I need a new gas cap" that shows if its loose or missing CE light will come on" was I duped? or should I try a new gas cap, doesn't seem loose. Thanks a million!!!!
September 15, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The stomp test doesn't work on your car, you need the Code Reader mentioned above. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
abdul Comments: ok guys here is my issue. 2000 model bmw 3 series. engine management light comes on after puting my foot down to accelatrate revs up but no power. happen to me 3 times in a row when i go on a long journey, according to the fault codes i have replaced the fual pump and replaced my o2 sensors. yet still come back on. today 3 times i lost power while trying to take off. was drving a bit aggrasive. any idea what maybe the real problem?
September 12, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Fuel pump and O2 sensors error codes are often found in conjunction with other errors, is the computer outputting any other codes? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Mike Comments: I have the same issue "ct95/craig 318ti" has with the non-ending "1226 Knock sensor #2" engine test code. I let it run for almost 1 hour and no end. The engine would start fine and almost immediately die. Sometimes it would run OK and other times I would have to keep the reves up to keep it going. I have replaced the plugs, plug wires and O2 sensor and it has helped, but i still get the non-ending "1226 code". I still get a "Check Engine Light" when idling at a red light, but a tap of the accelerator will turn off the "CEL". Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance folks.
September 8, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would replace both knock sensors, as it sounds like they are causing the car to think it's detonating? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Wolfgang Comments: My '93 318is... cranks but won't turn over. Power is going to the fuel pump but it isn't making any sound to indicating priming, although the pump is new. Pump relay is fine. I'm suspecting DME problems. Throwing a 1444 code. Any ideas guys?
September 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If there is power going to the pump, but you don't hear (or feel its vibrations) running, then the problem is with the pump. Be sure to listen carefully, as the pump will not run unless the crankshaft is actually turning (which makes noise, making it difficult to hear the pump). - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
KittyKat Comments: Hi, hope you can help. I recently purchased a beautiful 2008 335i with only 8,000 miles on it. This week, it was in for service 2 times for 2 separate problems. Most concerning to me is a leaking fuel injection pump. Should I be worried I bought a lemon? It's a BMW!!!
August 30, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If it's an 08, it should still be under warranty. I would take it into the dealer and have them do a full check over on it. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
mike1516 Comments: Hi Please help I have 1995 740i and getting error code "153 CAN DME Load Signal" Somebody did say this is linked to the AGS gearbox and i am having trouble with the gears not changing up correctly, sometimes having to switch from "D" to "N" and then back to "D" to change. please help
August 28, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sorry, not familiar with that one - it doesn't sound like a simple fix though either. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
z3-Dave Comments: hey guys - My cel has been on - car runs well - fault code from is table 19 - 8F DM-TL - leak detected
What do I have to do to fix this ?
August 15, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This indicates a leak in the gas evap system, which may be as simple as the fact that your gas cap is not screwed on all the way, or the seal is worn on the cap. I would check the cap first, and then replace it if the error keeps coming back. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
rey Comments: whats code 1188 and 1189 on 1999 bmw 323i
August 10, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See here: http://forums.pelicanparts.com/101-projects-discussion-forum-bmw-3-series-e30-e36-1982-2000/282081-scan-codes-p1189-1188-a.html - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
ct95/craig 318ti Comments: the test keeps running the same codeover and over again for knock sensor #2.. the test doesnt end at 1000 is this normal?
August 9, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not sure - doesn't sound typical. Maybe reset the code and then try again? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Milan Comments: Hi Wayne,I got my Z3 back friday and runs fine.They replaced wiring harness and throtle body.That was one expensive check engine light.I dont thrust this car now.Wouldnt want to take long trip in it.Thanks for Your help.Milan
August 8, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No sweat. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Adam Comments: I really need an experts advice. I own a 1998 328i, and I was driving home the other day, not beating on it at all, and all of a sudden I could tell a cylinder was misfiring. Tried to figure out what it was with no luck. Scanned with tool and this is what I got:

P0306 Cylinder 6 Misfire
P0155 O2 sensor heater circuit
P1423
P1421 Secondary Air

I already knew my secondary air pump was faulty hence the P1421 and P1423 codes, but the rest are all new. I replaced the ignition coil on cylinder 6 and switched spark plugs but the problem still occurs. I cleaned ICV and all of my intake parts. Daily driver so please help!

my email is ajgeyster@gmail.com
August 7, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hmm, I would run a compression check ( http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticles/Borrowed/mult_engine_rebuild-1.htm), and then I would triple-check for vacuum leaks. The air pump code may be actually the sign of a huge vacuum leak. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Milan Comments: Thanks Wayne.My Z3 is in shop now.They seem to think it is throtle body and wiring harness.But they are not sure.Now they wating for harness to come from Germany.
August 3, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I wouldn't think the throttle body, but who knows? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Elbert Comments: Help my 2006 bmw 525I getting code p 2402 evaporative emission leak how do I fix this problem and where the sensor or pump is locate it.
thanks
Elbert
August 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This sensor typically detects pressure in the fuel tank, and if it identifies a leak, it will give an error. The sensor itself can fail and/or vent hoses from the tank can leak too. Also, a faulty or not tight gas cap can cause this. I would replace the gas cap first. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Milan Comments: I have 99 Z3 roadster 2.5 and I am getting code for internal memory check error.First the traction control light come on then EML light and then check engine in this order.Car dont want respond to throtle.Would it be DME?Car has 49k miles thanks Milan
July 15, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds a bit messy. Internal memory check error sounds like DME to me, but you'd have to run some diagnostics on the DME to make sure... - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Addies Comments: Hi there thanx for the previous help given. What could be the matter if my car backfires occassionaly and loses power or swithes off?
July 13, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like your fuel pump may not be up to the task. Also you could have sticking valves. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
pop1736 Comments: I need to know if you can read the fault code on a 1996 BMW 318i without a scan tool and if not which one do you recommend . Thanks Bill
July 5, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: 1996 and later require the use of an OBD-II complicant reader, or the Peake Research code reader shown in this article. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
jddeadfuelpumps Comments: WHAT ABOUT THE CHARCOAL CAN? I have an E30 M20 which likes to quickly burn out fuel pumps. Every 9,00k or so it finally die, but before death, for many months it would squeal, and a breaker bar to the bottom of the tank would work when it occassionally wouldn't come on.Done:Fuel tank acid bath, fuel lines and filters, pressure regulator, pump relay. Recently learned that the hose from the charcoal cannister was'nt connected, now is. BUT-I do not think the electric vaccumm check valve lets anything to pass in any direction. I have no scan tool, but I think a friend of mine might've wiped it clean because the only codes I get out of the dash seem to be the 4441, but it seemed to say 3441 also. A mystery. A new pump will make it run, but that alone won't fix it.
July 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the pump is removing fuel out of the tank, it needs to replace the fuel with air. If the lines are not properly hooked up to vent, then the tank will sometimes squeal when air is seeping back into it. Since your canister was disconnected, I would double-check the vent lines to see if the problem lies there. With the vent lines disconnected or plugged, then a big vacuum pressure will build up in the tank as you drive along, and might make your pump work much harder than it needs to. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
dean Comments: I have BMW 1989 model 318i there is no electricity to the fuel pump.Thanks.
June 29, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check my article on electrical item troubleshooting to chase down the issue. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Trigger Comments: Can anyone give more help with the "timing" of the stomp test? I've tried it fast - slow - once every second - etc... I'm beginning to think this test is a "wives tale". I have a 1995 740iL. Also, there are 2 positions for the key. The first one only lights up the odometer row above all warning lights. The second is the pre-start position or accessory position that lights up all of the lights. I've even tried BOTH positions with the mythical "stomp test". Can someone explain better the test in detail?
June 23, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: When you turn the key to the first positon it is called accessory because the accessories are powered up in your car. With the key moved to the second position you ignition is on. Now the whole car is ready to run. The procedure to pull codes has the DME looking at the WOT switch being applied a few times with the key on and the engine off. If you have a bad WOT switch it will not work. Check your WOT switch on your throttle sensor - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Jason Comments: i have a BMW 7 serious 735i and my brake peddle is very hard to push in and its not letting me shift the gears so i cant start the car, how can i fix them or what do u think is wrong with them?
June 18, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the linkage that connects the brake pedal to allow the shifter to engage is broken. I haven't worked on one of those systems on the 7-Series, but I would start there first. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
stevenjsimmons Comments: hi i have a e36 323i when the car is left over night and it is cold it will start then stall if i touch the throttle i can over come the problem let it return to an idle it will run rough for a short time then clear other wise the car runs perfect no fault codes ,changed plugs cleaned the injectors, cleaned throttle body ,checked fuel presure no leak down can you please help
June 6, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like you might have a vacuum leak that goes away after the car warms up. I would triple check the entire car for vacuum leaks again and again. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Axel Comments: Does anyone know how to fix code 9D12 that stand for SINE Siren & Tilt Sensor internal battery?

Also I have codes 2737 DME EWS3.3 Anti Tampering Protection Incorrect Random Code Car wont start

27A4 EWS3.3 Interface DME-EWS this fault is not present, but came every time after clear codes
June 2, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds complicated, but here's the first thing I would check - use a different (spare) key to try to start the car. If the chip in the key is damaged, then it might give out some weird results like this. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Zane Comments: Is it true that the stomp test will not work for euro delivered e36's pre 1995? Mine dosn't work and i've checked the x20 connector near the fuse box and pin 8 is wired from the ecu but for some reason is not wired on the bottom side of the x20 connector. Having said that i've manually wired pin 8 through to pin 16 on the white connector of the instrument cluster but still no result. I have purchased your book but see no mention of this. Am curious on your opinion on this. Thanks
June 1, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Some people have a lot of problems getting the "stomp test" to work properly. It worked on my car, but getting the timing down was somewhat tricky at times. I'm not sure what clues to give - you can always just use the Peake Research tool if you can't get results. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
gus Comments: i am having cylinder 1,2, multiple cylinder misfires, fuel trim malfunctions, fuel air metering and aux emission fualts on my code reader. car stalls when first starting up, stutters while drivng and feels like it loses a cylinder or two intermitently on the road. 2000 323i. any ideas?
May 31, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A big huge vacuum leak will cause all of these faults to show up. Check all the hoses and connections first. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Tequila Comments: got a 2000 540i automatic, whats the best scanner tool and software to buy for this car.
May 24, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I recommend the AutoEnginuity software that we currently sell in our catalog - works with almost all BMWs. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Zinnabar3 Comments: I received the code 1261, which is fuel pump or relay or dme output. I replaced the fuel pump and fuel pump relay. The still exhibits the same stall symptoms. The code was cleared when the fuel pump was replaced, but it has now returned - 1261. How do I check "dme output" or what other things do I need to look at?
May 20, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The DME powers the relay, so you can hook up a multimeter to the relay and check to make sure that voltage is getting to it at all times when you have the problem. There may be a fault in the wire harness from the DME to the relay. I would disconnect the DME and reconnect it - reseat the connector, and maybe that will solve the problem. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
robby Comments: my 1993 740irev clock takes along time to return to idle position it is like my dynamic response is not right it idles at about 900rpm any suggestion
May 10, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check and clean your throttle body and also check for vacuum leaks that might be causing air to slip past the throttle body. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Kevin Comments: Thanks Wayne. I took a look at the harness where it was easy too and nothing jumped out at me immediately. Time to learn to how to use my multimeter better!
May 7, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Kevin Comments: Any idea what I should check for with the code 1247: Secondary Ignition Monitor? My 95 325is keeps giving me this code. I'm not that great with a multimeter but voltage and resistance seemed proper to the coils. I replaced the spark plugs, plug boots, and ignition coils and still get this code. Occasionally under load the car will stall out and I will get codes for the Crankshaft sensor, and Ignition Coils 1-5 but so far never 6 After sitting for a while the car usually will restart no problem. This happened before and after I replaced the coils.
May 6, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Odd. I would check the wire harness with the multimeter. I've seen odd problems like this happen when the wire harness is old or has been pinched. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
deetoo Comments: 94 325iS - DME got soaked in a car wash, I bought a replacement, my understanding was the 94 has no anti-theft stuff that would otherwise require recoding at a Dealer. The new used DME isn't working either, the motor turns but seems like no spark. I pulled the chip out of the original wet DME and tried that in the new DME, no luck. Also, have tried dozens of times to get a stomp test result, never works. Any ideas?
March 26, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Does the car have EWS that needs to be aligned? Do you have injector pulse? Do you have fuel pressure? - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
steve Comments: hello
on my 92 325ic the check engine light doesnt light up with the key in the on pos.it does in my 90 325ic.also the stomp test doesnt work.i can replace a burned out bulb,but could any thing else fail to keep this light from functioning?
thank you.
steve
March 25, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, a bad computer, broken wire or bad WOT switch can cause the same problem - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
SEA BASS Comments: Can the 5 stomp test within 5 seconds work on a 1993 bmw 325i?
March 6, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
oldDude Comments: Help! 2001 740il, getting CODE 0067 and car stays in Limp Mode Prg. Using a bavarian technic reader brand new. Can't seem to find anything about 0067 code.
March 4, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try contacting the manufacturer of the tool and since they gave you the code they should have a list of what they mean. I have several codes lists I have collected over the years and cannot find a 0067. Do you have any OBD II codes? - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Alex Comments: My car wont start. I think is a problem in the fuel system. I started the car and 2 seconds later the vehicle shot off. I have a 2004 BMW 330 CI sport Coupe. Can you tell me how can I identify the problem?

Thanks..
February 15, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds more like a theft issue. Try arming the alarm and then disarming it and trying to start the car. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
metalman Comments: 99 328is Auto full m-tech pkg w/ 167k miles. OBD codes scanned and have a P1421 -secondary air syst bank 1 / P1423 def. unknown. checked function of all the O2 sensors w/ a SnapOn scanner and the 2 precat O2's are really lazy and not popping like they should, everything else checks out including the IAC I replaced 1+ yr ago. think its the 2 precat O2 sensors but cant find any info on the codes and dont have access shop data anymore
January 29, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Measure the voltage on the O2 sensors and operate the secondary air pump and secondary air valves and see if the O2 sensors go lean from the additional air in the exhaust. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
policeman Comments: my bmw is givin me the 1188 and 1189 codes because i disconect the battery and it doesnt want to start
December 21, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See if the oil separator hose is disconnected or cracked. Will it start with starter fluid. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
mike Comments: thanks, your probably right. ill need to take everything appart again! Dam!
thanks again wayne
December 11, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
mike Comments: hi, i received my parts last week and on of them was injector o rings for my 1996 bmw 318ti. i had put every thing back together and now the car wont start. it seems no fuel and no spark. used my scanner and has no codes. any ideas?

thanks,
mike
December 9, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is the code reader communicating with the DME? I'm betting that you just forgot to reconnect a harness somewhere, and it's something simple? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
gem666 Comments: I have a 99 reg 318i SE which is having a few problems. The EMS light came on and I took it to the mechanic who said that he had turned it off as the diagnostic scan had show no faults and he thought it was probably the EMS sensor itself. A few weeks later after the EMS light had come on again, the car intermittently refused to start. There was whining noise from the engine and the dials on the dash would fly up and down. It sounded like it wanted to start but couldn't. The next day it would work, then would refuse again. About a week later it stopped for good and had to be towed to the mechanic. He did the diagnostic scan and said it was the cam shaft sensor. £200 later it seemed to be working again and the EMS light was off. A week later the EMS light is back on and the mechanic has phoned me to say the latest scan has now shown that it's the Oxygen Sensor and the Mass Air Flow Meter Sensor. I imagine this will be another few hundred pounds and the damn EMS light will be back on soon enough! Any ideas or advice would be hugely welcome!!
November 24, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Well you car is getting older and there are many sensors that can cause the light to go on. The oxygen sensor is probably okay but the MAF usually gets dirty and starts to cause drivability problems. - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
makanani75 Comments: I'm sorry. Scratch the last question. I see the code on the chart now. If the o2 sensor is okay, what other components will cause the car to run rich?
November 16, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: A leaking fuel injector, restricted fuel pump return line, plugged exhaust, faulty MAF sensor. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
makanani75 Comments: I'm pretty sure that I got a 1222 code. My brother was with me and he used to work for a BMW shop as a mechanic and he confirmed my 1222 code. What is 1222? Or should I try again?
November 16, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the signal from the O2 sensor indicates a very lean or very rich mixture for more than 10 seconds, then the computer generates this code. It could mean a faulty O2 sensor, or a problem with another component.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
VSM Comments: I have a 1995 BMW 740il and it has trouble starting up when really cold in the mornings and after a couple times trying to start it it starts and even after it warms up the whole car shakes. Do you think that scan tool will help find that problem?
November 7, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's a good start. The scan tool will tell you if anything there is obviously out of whack or broken. If the scan tool reports okay, then you can skip over some of the things that you would normally check. It's just one more tool in your arsenal. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Jaime Comments: Hi, I see that you are an expert. Could you help me?. My BMW 5 series 2003 is presenting the following problem: the fuel injection pump does not shut down after the car is swithed off. It is connected permanently and is consuming my battery. What can happen?.
October 29, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like a stuck relay, although I'm not sure if there is a separate relay for that pump on that year car. But, I would check that out first - the pump should only run when the engine is running or trying to start. Could also be related to problems with the ignition switch electrical portion. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
chuck Comments: cannot get the codes to appear
October 23, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the car is 1995 or earlier, this should work. It may take a few tries to get it just right. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
NoCash Comments: I noted that the scan tool RS/FCX Code tool excludes V8's 1999 and 2000 models. You can guess then, that I have a 2000 740i with the V8. What do you recommend for a scan tool? Thanks, Colin
September 26, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Well, in that case, you can try the AutoEnginuity software we sell with the BMW add-on package. Any ODB-II scanner will also perform basic code reading for you too, so you might be able to get away with one of those. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Steve Comments: Will the "stomp test " work on a 1995 740il?I tried and it did nothing. Is there a differant proceduer for the 740? Thanks Steve
September 22, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I believe that your car has two DME computers in it, and the procedure is slightly different because of that. There might be something on net that you can search for, or you can always use the Peake Research tool to get the codes for your car (recommended). - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
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