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Gauges and dashboard lights out
On a car of this age, wiring issues become more common. The dashboard lights and gauges are all on the same circuit - which means that a wiring short, break, or blown fuse can cause these issues. A qualified technician,...
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All my gauges died
With a vehicle of this age, wire issues are not uncommon. The most likely cause of the gauges going dead is a wiring issue, either a short or broken wire, or a blown fuse. A qualified technician, such as one...
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Anti-Rattle Clip replacement.
The tool I use is a pair of slip notch pliers. I position the top 'tang' of the clip against the top ear of the caliper mounting bracket. Then put the top mounting piece in the hole. The bottom side...
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Car shakes, idles roughly, has difficulty accelerating
You may be having problems with the high pressure injectors in one or more cylinders. The injectors tips get clogged with carbon and do not spray good when the engine is cold. The problem may be random and intermittent. You...
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Drive train starts up during acceleration
You may be having problems with the VANOS system causing the loss of power you're experiencing. The system should be checked following the manufacturer's technical bulletin: 11-02-08, for power reduction. The bulletin covers the systems possible problems and fixes that...
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Check engine light illuminted
Depending on the code received, you could either have separate problem or the O2 sensor code returned due to a misdiagnosis. The codes for O2 sensors can be from the engine running lean, rich, misfiring, or several other reasons. However,...
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Intermittent car vibration and shaking
Depending on the tires you have and, if they are of the run-flat type, your tires run-flat may be loose causing the vibration until it moves into a position that is balanced again. I would recommend having each tire removed...
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Front left tire shakes during braking
You may have a warped rotor, this can be checked with a dial indicator to measure the runout of the suspecting rotor. If the rotor is okay then you may have an ABS problem with the wheel sensor causing the...
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A/C, P/S, and Alternator Belt replacement
If you have one style of tensioner, the tensioner should have a hex nut cast into the component opposite of the pulley. It is a metric size - 16mm if I remember correctly. The other style of tensioner will have...
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Getting a "Drivetrain Malfunction" light on a 2011 535i. Had a sensor replaced for almost $400 and that didnt fix the issue. wha
Hello. The drive train malfunction light indicates the computer has detected an issue with the vehicle's drive train or transmission. This can be caused by many things, ranging from a bad sensor, to the need for a new transmission. As...
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Car won't start when start button is pushed. Single click noise is heard
Hello, thanks for writing in. A no start condition with a click noise can be caused by a few things. The most common causes are a bad starter relay, or a bad starter or starter solenoid. The starter relay is...
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Expected life of clutch
The life of a clutch depends on several variables. Of course, the type of driving is going to have an impact on the life expectancy, so is the way the driver uses the clutch. If the car is driven hard,...
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Adjusting the camshaft and crankshaft for the timing chain
I believe the "official" procedure for these M30 engines is to: Leave the tensioner until last Install the chain with the crank and cam sprockets on TDC, and the chain tight on the driver side of the chain Use...
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The cooling fan runs loud and fast on a cold start and the car overheats
From the description you have provided, your vehicle's cooling system thermostat may be stuck closed. The cooling system thermostat is designed to quickly bring the engine up to operating temperature. If stuck closed, the result would be the engine overheating...
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Misfires of several cylinders on highway drive
Hello - this is a known issue, and BMW has a technical service bulletin out to address this (#385317). A software upgrade to the engine management computer is the repair for this. You should check with your BMW dealer's service...

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