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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...
How do I tell if my power steering is going bad in my 2005 BMW x3?
Hi, thanks for writing in. Unfortunately, it sounds like your steering rack is done for, and needs to be replaced. This appears to be a wide-spread problem with this vehicle, without a recall or customer satisfaction program from BMW. If...
I replaced 2 spark plugs in cylinder 5 to fix a misfire.
Leaking valve covers on this engine allow oil down into the spark plug recesses as you note. Besides shorting the plug, the oil degrades the boot portion of the coil which plugs onto the spark plug, creating other opportunities for...
Have hole intop plastic radiator how can i mend till i can get a new radiator
There is a compound called JB Weld that might work to fix a small hole in a radiator temporarily. This compound has two parts a black and a grey. When the two are mixed together, this creates the compound. Once...
Still burning oil - CCV replaced - No smoke at startup/while driving I'm burning through roughly 1 qt. oil every 600-800 miles. Al
Hello. You should start by checking your antifreeze. If your antifreeze is too low, your car could just be compensating for the coolant its missing. I always put 1/2 of a can of Seafoam in my engine before doing...
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...
5 spd auto transmission problem
Hello there, the loss of the forward gears in your 2000 BMW 323i is caused by one of a few issues. The most common is low transmission fluid, shift solenoid fault, clogged transmission filter, torque converter, shift linkage or the...
Missing/Broken ECU - 1989 BMW 325i
If your ECM is failing or has failed, it shouldn't be extremely difficult to find a good shop to rebuild or replace them. There are a number of electronic rebuilders who rebuild ECMs (w/warranty). Also, there are a number of...
Used car issues? 2002 BMW 323xi
Hello. The issues you describe are relatively minor and likely will not require extensive repairs. A gas cap that does not lock is probably bad and will likely need to be replaced. A replacement cap can be sourced easily and...
Car Shaking and sometimes shutting off when accelerated
Ignition coils are real suspect in this engine, especially if they are the original Bremmi coils. BMW has posted service bulletins concerning coil issues. Camshaft sensor, possibly but generally if camshaft position cannot be determined of varies too greatly from...
Can I drive car with oil filter gasket going bad
Hi there, thanks for writing in. Oil leaks will only get worse over time. The oil filter housing gasket on the 325s get hard and brittle over time and begin to leak profusely as the they fail so it will...
Stiff power steering after being hit in the front tire.
Hello there, many faults will cause the power steering on your 1999 BMW 323i to become stiff after getting hit on the front tire. The most likely would be damage to the power steering rack from the impact to the...
Instrument Cluster
Hello. It sounds like you have either a major computer failure or a failed instrument cluster. I would recommend enlisting the assistance of a qualified professional who has the necessary tools to test your instrument cluster for proper function based...
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...
Idles between 500rpm and 1300 rpm. Main concern is low rpm. Belt or pulley chirping mainly at low rpm Drives perfect but Idles bad
Chances are these two symptoms are related. If the drive belt is not performing as designed the engine will run poorly, or not run at all. There are several components that could be the problem, and further inspection is needed....
Headlight out
Hello and thanks for your question. When a headlight flickers and goes out, that could mean that the bulb has failed or the power or ground has shorted. I see that you checked the voltage and got a reading of...
My gas gauge is doing a funny little dance.
The fuel pumps are all inclusive on what they call a fuel module or assembly. These modules include a float (quite like the float on your toilet) that tells the computer and your dashboard where the fuel level is at....
Doors will not unlock or open only driver door
This sounds like some sort of an electrical issue. I recommend checking all fuses relating to the windows. Rather than removing each fuse, you should be able to use a circut tester that you can pick up at your local...
Is lucas oil stabilizer ok to use in a 99 bmw 323i, if not what makes it bad to use?
Hello. BMW doesn't recommend using oil additives. I don't know exactly whether Lucas Oil Stabilizer works well, but if you are using a good quality oil with an SJ rating or better, there is not anything that an additive is...
hi after month ago m bmw 325i 2002 lost oil and ia had to add 2 qurts every 500 t0 1000 mile what is the problem
Check for any obvious oil leaks. Given your mileage, a failed rear main crankshaft oil seal is the most likely the cause of this oil consumption. In addition, if any of the crankcase ventilation components (like the PCV) have become...

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