E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > E46 BMW > General E46 Forum

General E46 Forum
This is the place to get answers, opinions and everything you need related to your E46 (sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon) BMW!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-15-2013, 01:45 PM   #21
jfoj
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Fairfax, VA USA
Posts: 12,105
My Ride: '06 330CiC, '03 M5
You likely have lean codes, probably due to a vacuum leak as other mentioned above.

Read this - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=897616
__________________
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, Temps, Fuel Level - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=239619

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

Lower hose fan switch O-ring - BMW #13621743299
jfoj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2013, 02:38 PM   #22
PosingOwl
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Clovis,NM
Posts: 103
My Ride: 2004 325xi
I do not understand how I am prepping for open heart surgery by just asking questions? I also didnt jump to any serious conclusions and dive into the car and start tearing everything up.

I do not believe that the weather was the culprit, and he probably did clear it. Thats why I usually go to O Reilly's instead of Autozone much (friendlier and helpful). Should have went there, but it was in the opposite way I was heading. Guess I will go buy one of the scanners. Is there still a way to find out problems from the scanner without and of the engine lights coming on?

Also, I was watch this guy with the scanner and I think I saw the P0174 code or something similar to it.

Last edited by PosingOwl; 06-15-2013 at 02:46 PM.
PosingOwl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2013, 03:13 PM   #23
dznuts007
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Orange County
Posts: 471
My Ride: 2001 325i Sedan
Heheh I think the 80/20 rule even applies to aautozone workers? 80% of car owners think that clearing a code magically fixes all underlying problems. The other 20% actually try fixing the underlying problem.

If the SES light problem comes back, get yourself a scanner. I used to use a cheap one I got from Harbor Freight. Worked for to pull codes and clear them. I recently moved onto a USB OBD2 adapter to ise my laptop with BMW specific software to pull codes. Also have a bluetooth OBD2 adapter to use the Torque Pro application. Find em on eBay for cheap.

But either way having some type of scanner is gonna be recommended

Start doing some maintenance research and read jfoj's links and mango's links and think about starting on some DIY's to get your car in tip-top shape before problems occur
dznuts007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2013, 04:19 PM   #24
jfoj
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Fairfax, VA USA
Posts: 12,105
My Ride: '06 330CiC, '03 M5
Quote:
Originally Posted by PosingOwl View Post
I do not believe that the weather was the culprit, and he probably did clear it. Thats why I usually go to O Reilly's instead of Autozone much (friendlier and helpful). Should have went there, but it was in the opposite way I was heading. Guess I will go buy one of the scanners. Is there still a way to find out problems from the scanner without and of the engine lights coming on?

Also, I was watch this guy with the scanner and I think I saw the P0174 code or something similar to it.
P0174 is the common code of these cars. Would be surprised to find an E46 without this code.

As for scan tools, you really need to have one of your own. It also needs to read and display Freeze Frame data.

Suggest you read this - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=967204

Would not recommend purchasing a scan tool from a local auto parts store, they are usually too expensive and lack a lot of the features you likely need, like live data, Freeze Frame, recording & graphing.
__________________
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, Temps, Fuel Level - http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=239619

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

Lower hose fan switch O-ring - BMW #13621743299
jfoj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2013, 05:33 PM   #25
jdstrickland
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Murrieta, CA
Posts: 7,424
My Ride: '94 325iC & '00 323i
Quote:
Originally Posted by PosingOwl View Post
I do not understand how I am prepping for open heart surgery by just asking questions? I also didnt jump to any serious conclusions and dive into the car and start tearing everything up.

I do not believe that the weather was the culprit, and he probably did clear it. Thats why I usually go to O Reilly's instead of Autozone much (friendlier and helpful). Should have went there, but it was in the opposite way I was heading. Guess I will go buy one of the scanners. Is there still a way to find out problems from the scanner without and of the engine lights coming on?

Also, I was watch this guy with the scanner and I think I saw the P0174 code or something similar to it.
Having your own scan tool is a very good investment. Shop well, Grasshopper. This is one of those tools where you get more if you pay more, but there is a point of diminishing return. My scan tool was about $150-ish, including sales tax. I get freeze frame data and the unique (P1nnn) codes for every make of car out there. I do not have visibility to vehicle systems that are not engine management or emission control.

I did not mean to make you mad about prepping for surgery when you only need a bandaid, but there really is nothing you can do without pulling codes first. There is no point in buying stuff without knowing the code that your car has stored. There are literally one thousand things that can turn the light on. Some are duplicates and there are a few holes in the numbering scheme, but you get three digits all in a range of zero to nine.
jdstrickland is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use