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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-15-2013, 06:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,423
Posted By foaxaca
Sounds like if any of those signals are out of...

Sounds like if any of those signals are out of spec I should be getting a CEL. Is that not the case? If not, what's a good resource for what those signals should measure out to and how to measure...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-15-2013, 05:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,423
Posted By foaxaca
Question Sorry it took so long to post the progress....

Sorry it took so long to post the progress. Finally got the car retested. Ran a can of SeaFoam through and then two more tanks of Chevron 91, ran it for about 20 mins. on the freeway and then took it...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-17-2012, 10:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,423
Posted By foaxaca
Decided that it wasn't a fair test to try the +4...

Decided that it wasn't a fair test to try the +4 plugs with the pre-cat O2 sensor leads reversed. Switched the leads and reinstalled the +4's this morning and the car started, reached proper idle and...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-14-2012, 08:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,423
Posted By foaxaca
I agree. Any faults that cause a CEL have to be...

I agree. Any faults that cause a CEL have to be addressed, the CEL reset and the car run for 100-150 miles at certain speeds so that the car's computer gives a clear reading to the test equipment....
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-14-2012, 11:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,423
Posted By foaxaca
By codes do you mean post-cat O2 sensors showing...

By codes do you mean post-cat O2 sensors showing an issue? I don't think there is any other reading that is related to the function of the cats. That's what those O2 sensors are for. It may mean...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-13-2012, 05:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,423
Posted By foaxaca
Have you read the CEL codes? I haven't retested...

Have you read the CEL codes? I haven't retested yet. Waiting to run through the tank of gas with SeaFoam in it and to change out the old plugs with the non +4 plugs. Will post results.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-12-2012, 10:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,423
Posted By foaxaca
Talking Bonehead Maneuver!!

Embarassed to admit that after reading another post and looking in the Bentley manual it suddenly occurred to me that I may have flipped the leads for the O2 sensors and plugged them in backwards....
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-12-2012, 10:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,423
Posted By foaxaca
Angry Here is the O2 sensor I purchased: ...

Here is the O2 sensor I purchased: http://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw-oxygen-sensor-e36-e39-m3-z3-walker-250-24810

I reinstalled the old plugs and started the car up again. It idled a bit rough...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-11-2012, 11:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,423
Posted By foaxaca
Ugh! Got the same reply on anothe forum. Better...

Ugh! Got the same reply on anothe forum. Better order other ones... Kept the old ones (which were two-electrode type) and will reinstall in the meantime.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-11-2012, 09:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,423
Posted By foaxaca
Question Here's the latest... Changed our spark plugs,...

Here's the latest... Changed our spark plugs, replaced with Bosch Platinum +4 plugs and replaced pre-cat O2 sensors with Walker Products replacements. Drove the car about 1/3 mile to local Chevron...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-06-2012, 11:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,423
Posted By foaxaca
Thanks for the help. Will post progress and...

Thanks for the help. Will post progress and results.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-06-2012, 10:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,423
Posted By foaxaca
Hahaha! Thanks for the link. All I've done so far...

Hahaha! Thanks for the link. All I've done so far is change the oil and filter, left it a half-quart low, inspect the EGR valve (it was very clean), order new plugs and O2 sensors (have no idea when...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-02-2012, 12:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,423
Posted By foaxaca
I'm shopping for new O2 sensors and getting some...

I'm shopping for new O2 sensors and getting some confusing info. How many does this car (1996 328is) have? 2 or 4? Are they both connected to the exhaust manifold or to the catalytic converter? Or is...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-01-2012, 08:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,423
Posted By foaxaca
Mileage is just below 178K. Bought it used about...

Mileage is just below 178K. Bought it used about 4-5 years ago and it looked very well maintained but no idea if O2 sensors have been changed. I haven't changed them out. Will do new plugs, O2's....
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 10-31-2012, 10:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,423
Posted By foaxaca
1996 328is CA smog check fail

Daughter's 328is just failed the much hated California smog check. The numbers are as follows:

HC (PPM) NO (PPM)
MAX AVE MEAS MAX AVE MEAS
15 mph 54 9 78 ...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-23-2009, 12:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 595
Posted By foaxaca
I asked the question in another BMW forum if that...

I asked the question in another BMW forum if that is what you meant. Wasn't aware of any rule against that. Non-OEM? Isn't that what half of the posts on these forums are all about - Non-OEM mods...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-22-2009, 02:27 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,772
Posted By foaxaca
This just happened to my son and his 2002 325ci. ...

This just happened to my son and his 2002 325ci. Bought car used and only had one key. He locked doors and then left key in trunk by mistake and closed it. AAA got a metal rod into the car by...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-22-2009, 02:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 595
Posted By foaxaca
Stellar aftermkt. keyless entry - Has anyone ever bought one?

Purchased a Stellar aftermarket keyless entry system for a '96 328is and am having trouble getting it to work. Car is prewired for it so it is just plug and play but it doesn't unlock the doors most...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-22-2009, 02:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,203
Posted By foaxaca
Thanks for a confirmation. I was able to...

Thanks for a confirmation. I was able to download a Bentley BMW service manual for the E36 series and it shows how to get at it from the engine side. In case anyone is interested -...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-21-2009, 01:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 773
Posted By foaxaca
Unhappy Stellar aftermkt. keyless entry not working

I recently purchased a Stellar BMW45PC aftermarket keyless entry system for my daughter's '96 328is coupe. It is prewired for the aftermarket alarm so you just take out the glove box and plug in the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 05-20-2009, 11:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,203
Posted By foaxaca
Question Hey drivinfaster, it sounds like you may have had...

Hey drivinfaster, it sounds like you may have had some experience accessing the fan motor. It looks like the fan motor died on my daughter's 1996 328is. It gradually stopped working. Already...
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