Q: engine operating at reduced output

asked by on December 28, 2016

Hi my car is actually 523i m sport, I had head gasket replaced all new 24 valves oil seals everything new as well as timing chain, then all of a sudden this light comes on (engine operating at reduced output) on the computer never had that come on before. tried to get it taken off with OBD but cant I would be very grateful if you could help. Best regards Pat.

My car has 157000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi Pat...you should request a check engine light diagnostic during which a certified mechanic will download and interpret any stored diagnostic trouble codes. If there are no stored codes, one strategy is to scope the engine, that is evaluate the cylinder secondary firing patterns. Typically, this will give the mechanic an indication of whether there is a fuel or ignition system problem, or both. It is also possible to use OBD-II data to look at, for example, long and short term fuel trims to determine whether, in fact, the engine is running properly. Fuel trims outside of a certain range are tip-offs that there is a problem and will give the necessary clues as to which engine management "system" should be looked at. These are all diagnostics that the mechanic will rely on if you request a check engine light diagnostic.

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