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Old 01-15-2013, 11:36 PM   #1
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car issues this morning

ok guys im really sorry for posting a thread. i tried searching but i found too many diff answers and none were specific to my exact symptoms.

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so this morning i started up my car and it started idling rough. i decided to test it out real quick, so i put the car in reverse and it was backing up in bursts. then i put it in drive and drove for a few yards and then the engine died and the check engine light and the battery light came on. i started the car again, and pretty much the same thing happened. during this, my car barely had any power, when i slammed the pedal, barely anything happened.

anyways i go to work, come back to try to figure out whats going on. i turn on the car and it feels fine, go for a drive and the car feels normal again.

i scanned for codes and this is what i got

p0313
p0174
p0128
p1350
p1343

recent work done that might be relevant:
new spark plugs and a few new coils about 6 months ago
replaced the lower intake boot that was causing a vacuum leak also about 6 months ago
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:10 AM   #2
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Suggest you read the first 2 links below in my signature for all but 1 code.

Likely you have a vacuum leak causing misfire?

How cold was it when this problem happened?

Pay special attention to the SAP vacuum hose along the valve cover, DISA, CCV hoses, really check the bottom hose closely.

Note, when you have misfires like this, usually you can turn the engine off and restart and they may clear so you can drive for the time being.

The P0128 it a thermostat/cooling system code, suggest you read this link - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...491&highlight=
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:56 AM   #3
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After reviewing your codes and other info, I would replace the entire CCV and fuel filter. Let me know if you need me to stop by and visually inspect your car.
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:04 PM   #4
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Yeah the car has been driving fine again, but idk for how long. Do you guys think my fuel pump should be changed? I thought it was weird how some of the codes said low fuel detected when I had a 100% full tank of gas -_-

and i dont think it was that cold, maybe like 50-60 degrees

how much should i expect to spend on replacing the ccv and fuel filter though? I heard the CCV isnt really DIY-able. Especially not by me
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:19 PM   #5
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the ccv is absolutely diy-able and the parts are about 169.00 from bav auto.
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I would hold off on the fuel pump and worry about the thermostat and the lean codes.

Check intake boots, DISA Oring and figure out if the CCV lower oil return line has broken.

You likely need the engine CCV, but you may be able to buy yourself some time so you can shop it around or find time to DIY.
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Also, my engine has been burning through oil pretty quickly. The yellow light comes on about every 2 weeks after I top it off with a quart. There are no signs of a leak though (using the most common leaks thread). cant that also be a symptom of a bad ccv?
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when was the last time you had the vcg done can it be leaking. and the ccv could cause that but it seems quick you sure theres no leaks that you can see?
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also anyone have a link to the ccv kit i would need on like bma parts or something? im having trouble findiing and dont really know what exactly i would need to do the ccv
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when was the last time you had the vcg done can it be leaking. and the ccv could cause that but it seems quick you sure theres no leaks that you can see?
if the vcg is leaking, wouldnt you be able to see it leaking on the left side of the engine bay on the metal plate? there's nothing there.

idk when it was changed, i bought the car used. but when my friend was replacing my plugs and whatnot a few months ago, he said the vcg was fine
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http://www.oembimmerparts.com/produc...1703484e36.htm heres an e36 ccv pretty cheap. i only asked about vcg because i had a tiny leak which cause lean misfire codes.
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the e36 one fits? and is that the only actual part i would have to replace? i thought there was a kit that comes with hoses and stuff
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my bad i thought u had the 94 325is its a 2003 325i right?
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yes sir, i wish i still had an e36 lol
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ok well theres two options the oem ccv kit or the cold climate version seeing how you in socal the oem one will do.

heres the link to both you can decide..

http://www.oembimmerparts.com/produc...itoeme46cc.htm COLD CLIMATE VERSION

http://www.oembimmerparts.com/produc...skitoeme46.htm OEM HOSE KIT AND CCV
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no real difference the cold climate is insulated....
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:52 PM   #17
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This is likely what you are looking for??

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-325...ions/ES260025/

Double check the application as it is not 100% clear what year and model car you have, assume it is a 2003 325i??

What you also need to do is get the dipstick removed and clean out the double wall of the dipstick tube if your is a double walled unit and also verify your engine coolant temperature is correct, as you mention you are using a lot of oil as well.

See this links here -

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...ghlight=report

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thats aftermarket one cheaper if u wanna go that way
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