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Old 03-11-2017, 12:56 PM   #1
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Need help with poor engine performance.

2002 330xi automatic. 127K miles.
I checked the CEL codes with a BMW scanner. The codes are:

- E4 and E3- Fuel Trim bank 1 & 2.
- F3, EF, F1, EE, F2, FO which are misfires for cylinders 1-6.

CB and CA - Fuel Trim bank 1 & 2 control limit.

The car idle's at the normal RPMs. The problem is trying to accelerate to highway speeds the car shakes and won't go past 60mph.

The spark plugs are new, however when I removed them they were dry but smelled like fuel.
The intakes boots are also new and in good shape.
o2 sensors were just replaced.

On a separate issue the ABS-DSC-Brake light are on. I checked the ABS system codes for those as well and they are:
51 - Pressure Sensor Line
80 - Brakes Were overheated
20 - Wheel Speed Sensor(Front right transmits no signals)

Does anyone have an idea of what this could be and steps on fixing it?
Thank You.
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Old 03-11-2017, 01:04 PM   #2
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What ever tool you are using for codes, put it away. But what tool/software are you currently using?

If it is a professional scan tool, DO NOT use the "scanner" portion, use the OBDII portion of the tool.

Need Pxxx codes, Fuel Trim valves and Freeze Frame data.

There is clearly a Lean condition due to a soft fuel pump, vacuum leaks or bad/incorrectly connected sensors.

Suggest you start by reading these threads in detail:

Solve your misfires, lean codes, rough idle - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=897616

Fuel pump failures - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=929501

Also suggest you get the OBDFusion App and proper wireless OBDII interface. FAR superior for driveability problems than than tools/software 10X the price or more.

Less than $30 for both.

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iProducts - https://www.amazon.com/Veepeak-Scann...s=VeePeak+wifi
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Solve your misfires, lean codes, rough idle - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=897616

Fuel pump failures - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=929501

Temp Info - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=964491

Hidden OBC Menu - Check Voltage, Temp, Fuel Level - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=239619

E46/E39 GM5 Door Lock Info - www.bmwgm5.com

Lower hose temp switch O-ring - BMW #13621743299
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Old 03-11-2017, 03:12 PM   #3
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Nevermind. It's my sister's car and she's going to take it to a mechanic.

As for my car, which is also a 2002 330xi. A couple of days ago it wouldn't turn over. It cranked but wouldn't turn over. I changed the fuel pump today(original fuel pump with 175K miles) and the car cranked and wouldn't turn over. Then on my second attempt the car doesn't even crank. It just makes a loud clicking noise. My cooling fan tries to spin but just moves with the clicks.
No CEL are on.
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Old 03-11-2017, 03:17 PM   #4
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Battery low you need to charge it or get new one
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Old 03-11-2017, 03:20 PM   #5
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Battery low you need to charge it or get new one
I have to wait for my brother to get home so I can jump it. The power seat was moving extremely slow when I tried to move back into position.
I also forgot to mention a noise coming from my dashboard area after trying to start it. It sounds like a motor is running. Even with the key out of the ignition.
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Old 03-11-2017, 04:52 PM   #6
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I jumped the car and it cranked. Tried a second time and clicked rapidly again even after letting it charge up. I'm still hearing something turn on inside the dashboard after removing the key. Also when I put the key in position 2, the temp gauge goes all the way up. Wasn't doing that before.
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Old 03-11-2017, 05:03 PM   #7
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I jumped the car and it cranked. Tried a second time and clicked rapidly again even after letting it charge up. I'm still hearing something turn on inside the dashboard after removing the key. Also when I put the key in position 2, the temp gauge goes all the way up. Wasn't doing that before.
I would put it on charger 10 amp, it sounds like your battery is discharged
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Old 03-11-2017, 07:14 PM   #8
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I would put it on charger 10 amp, it sounds like your battery is discharged
I had advanced auto test the battery for me. It definitely had no juice. They're going to charge it overnight and see if it holds a charge tomorrow.
What had me confused is I only tried to start the car a few times and it only sat for three days. Not enough to completely drain the battery. The battery is 6 years old. Don't know how long these last.
It's funny, I replace my dying fuel pump and the battery turns out to be shot. I know the battery needs a full charge to be able to distribute fuel from my new fuel pump to the engine. I simply couldn't crank it long enough for that to happen so I'm still hoping it was my fuel pump that couldn't get the car started in the first place.

This question might seem dumb, but I can't seem to find the fuel filter. I checked under the driver side and there is no cover to remove. No fuel filter in site either. The car has an M54 engine so I know it's not in the fuel tank.

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Old 03-12-2017, 05:00 PM   #9
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Just an update. Installed fuel filter and fresh battery. Car runs now. Thank you guys for the help.
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Old 03-12-2017, 05:08 PM   #10
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Even if the fuel pump wasn't the original cause of your problem, it could and probably would have been a problem in the near future so it was still money well spent!
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Old 03-13-2017, 01:50 PM   #11
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Even if the fuel pump wasn't the original cause of your problem, it could and probably would have been a problem in the near future so it was still money well spent!
It definitely was the problem. I ran the test for the fuel pump and it was dead. But, I agree that preventative maintenance on parts such as fuel pump is worth the time and money to fix. Especially if your fuel pump is giving warning signs.
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