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Car can't engage gears.
The transmission on these cars have alignment dowels that align the transmission to the engine. the problem happens when the transmission has been removed for a reason. The reinstallation alignment of the transmission is not correct because the dowels are...
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Noisy power steering wheel, regular fluid used
Hello there. It really depends on what type of regular power steering fluid was put into the vehicle. BMW calls for the standard use of Dexron III fluid which is commonly seen. Most over-the-counter regular power steering fluid are basically...
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The car occasionally idles high until it stalls
It sounds like this is an intermittent issue. These are generally the hardest to diagnose because they are just infrequent enough to not trip the ECU into triggering a code, but they still have a fault somewhere. The most common...
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Delay in shifting, rambling noise when accelerating
Various items can cause similar symptoms to the ones you have described. The most common would be a bad fuel filter, transmission fault, torque converter issue, shift solenoid problem, low fuel pressure, or a failed fuel injector. All of these...
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Engine turns off when the first gear is shifted
Hello. The most common cause of the car dying once it is put into gear is the transmission torque converter or the fluid level of the transmission. If there are leaks present from the transmission, I would suspect the fluid...
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Rough engine noise on startup, idle and low rpms
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your low oil level may have something to do with the engine noise. First off, if the oil is low I would top it off as soon as possible, as low...
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Water leak causing overheating
Replacing the radiator is a straightforward job. Any time the cooling system is serviced, the rest of the system will need to be tested as well. Do not continue to drive the car with the risk of overheating it. Damage...
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Car is taking longer than usual to start
Hello. If this problem occurs more consistently with the "first startup of the day" or after the car has been sitting some time, the problem may be low residual fuel pressure. A check valve in the fuel system should maintain...
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Blower motor whine
Hello, thank you for writing in. If it is an aftermarket blower motor, as opposed to an OEM original dealer part, that might account for the noise. That would be my first suspicion, especially if you are sure you have...
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Two mechanics have not been able to repair misfire.
Hi there. Check the intake for a possible vacuum leak around the cylinder 4. If there is no vacuum leak around the cylinder number 4, then there could be a burned valve. Check the compression on all of the cylinders...
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P0414 code
Hi There, Code P0414 relates to the vehicle's secondary air injection system which is a system that pumps air into the car's exhaust system to reduce emissions by way of accelerating the catalyst in the catalytic converter. When the ECM...
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i was driving and my car all of a sudden turned off and i started smelling gas
Hi Angel. Thanks for contacting us tonight. Usually when your car stops running and you can smell gasoline, this means that either a fuel line has broken, the fuel pump stopped working or there is a problem with one of...
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2001 BMW 325Ci E46 3 series: turns over, no start, no spark, no communication on scanner. New battery was installed.
Hi there. Unfortunately, when the ECU is not connecting to the digital scanner, that's an indication of a failed ECU. This is only something that can be completed by a BMW certified repair facility, as they keep ECU programming pretty...
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Periodically vehicle runs rough at idle.
Hi there. Most of the codes that are coming on are for a misfire on cylinder number 3. Check the spark plug and wire on cylinder 3 and see if you are getting a good spark. Then check the fuel...
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Q: Alternator not charging battery
Hi there. To be honest, when the alternator tests as good and the battery terminals are good, this issue is typically very difficult to diagnose. In most cases however, this is either an electrical relay fault to the charging system...
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My 2002 BMW is making a loud high-pitched sound
Hi There, Depending on whether or not the sound comes when the vehicle is moving or not will determine what may be causing this. The following are some possibilities of what could be causing this: -It could be that...
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Do i have to use synthetic oil in my bmw
The manufacturer recommends 5w40 or 5w30 full synthetic oil only for your car's engine. I would recommend only using full synthetic oils.
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Best motor oil for a 04 bmw 325ci ow40w or 5w40w full synthetic
The difference between these two oils is primarily the viscosity or thickness of the oil. Depending on the brand, there may be a number of other additives in play as well, however the most important component of the oil is...
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My car is misfiring on several cylinders and there is coolant in my coil pack 5and 6
The presence of coolant suggests a leak and that should be resolved as a leak could be a cause of the misfiring if water creates a path to ground. If, by chance, you are referring to coolant actually in the...
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My Bmw is throwing a code for system to lean, to much oxygen and not enough gas.
As the codes indicate, this means there is a lean fuel condition which may be caused by a lack of fuel supply or in some cases, a vacuum leak as you describe near the cold air intake. When a vacuum...

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