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ssyellow 12-11-2011 05:17 PM

E36 M3 1216 TPS code
Hello everyone I recently pulled up this code on my car. It comes on after about 3-4 minutes of driving but the engine still runs exactly the same. Weird thing is if I push in the gas pedal it goes away until I let off the gas again. Has anyone ever had this problem? Just wondering if there is a easy fix before I go and throw money at a new TPS sensor. Thanks for any help!

1995 M3 all stock

ssyellow 12-12-2011 12:08 AM


ssyellow 12-14-2011 11:03 AM


cities 12-17-2011 06:55 AM

I am having the exact same problem with my 94 m42. I replaced the TPS, took the intake manifold off, cleaned everything including the Idle control valve and mass air sensor. Ran down every wire to look for bends cuts or whatever. I still does the same thing. If I run the car at a set speed for about 45 seconds the check light comes on and it throws a 1216 error. If I let off the gas or speed up the light goes off. I am stumped.

ssyellow 12-17-2011 01:35 PM

Nice to know I'm not alone. I'm almost positive its my TPS sensor now but I still have to test it for ohms when I get a chance. Feel free to check out my threads on other forums. Hopefully we can solve this problem together!

cities 12-17-2011 01:48 PM

I did replace the tps with a new one so I have this old tps which I am assuming is good. You can have this old one if you want to try a swap out before you shell out $60 for a new TPS. Since you are just in Mich. shipping from Ohio will be very little so I can send it for free. Even though Mich beat my buckeyes this year!


ssyellow 12-17-2011 01:53 PM

That would be great if you could do that. If it ends up working out to be the problem I would be more than happy to give you some money in return. Lucky for you I like Michigan State! haha

crisscross 12-17-2011 08:41 PM

I had this happen once after a few hard pulls against a friend of mine. I ignored it, and it never returned. I'm interested to see what comes of the new sensor in your case....

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