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Old 03-16-2014, 12:42 AM   #1
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325ci automatic wants to stall on me

I had to replace the valve cover seal on the car. Too easy right? Well I'm afraid I may have done something wrong, the car now wants to stall on me when idling, or initially putting it in drive or reverse. To avoid it, I have to tickle the gas, find a sweet spot, and gun it. Drives fine once it gets on the road but I stopped driving it out of fear of messing something up that I couldn't afford to fix. The only thing I know for a fact that I damaged, is a hose coming from the secondary air filter. I had a friend helping me out, trying to make the process faster, and he snapped the hose, so we jerry rigged it with duct tape to the best of our ability. Anybody ever even hear of this happening before?


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Old 03-16-2014, 01:37 AM   #2
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First that to do would be to replace that line as soon as possible. Maybe its a vacuum leak as air is escaping after it had been broken? Thus you are loosing pressure? Idk.


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Old 03-16-2014, 08:19 AM   #3
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Vacuum leaks do cause the car to drive very bad. Try to replace that hose asap and get back to us
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:00 PM   #4
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Vacuum leaks do cause the car to drive very bad. Try to replace that hose asap and get back to us
+1 , Replace hose, clean out MAF, Clean out ICV, look for any other vacuum leaks. Get back to us.
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Thanks guys, will do


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Old 03-16-2014, 12:17 PM   #6
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I did the same thing when replacing my VANOS seals. I just threw in another piece of hose between the cracked joint, and shrink wrapped it together. Car runs like garbage, but from what I see it requires intake manifold removal, which is quite a job.

I'm pretty sure that the replacement hose was only like $15 from the dealer. I think there is also an intake manifold gasket that would need to be replaced.
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