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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 07-04-2012, 09:19 AM
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Starts but won't idle

My 99 BMW 323i (E36) won't idle. I can start it, but if I take my foot off the accelerator, it stalls.

I am getting a mass airflow meter fault code, but replacing the MAF did not help, I still have that code, but no other fault codes are present. Disconnecting the MAF had no effect.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:21 AM
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is the icv clean?


any vacuum leaks?
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:31 AM
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The car was running fine with no history of this problem. After replacing the rear brake pads, it wouldn't idle (the brake repair had nothing to do with this problem - I only unscrewed the brake fluid resivior cap under the hood).

I don't suspect any vacuum related problem due to the sudden onset of the problem.

If it were an ICV, wouldn't I get some additional fault code?

Also, why do I still have the MAF code (It has returned even after I clear it)?
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:34 AM
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Fuel pump? Fuel pressure regulator?
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:39 AM
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Car was running fine, and still does. The problem seems to be idle related. When I start it, it just turns over, fires up but never reaches full idle speed and quits. If I give it gas, it will start and run smooth.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:47 AM
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The car was running fine with no history of this problem. After replacing the rear brake pads, it wouldn't idle (the brake repair had nothing to do with this problem - I only unscrewed the brake fluid resivior cap under the hood).

I don't suspect any vacuum related problem due to the sudden onset of the problem.

If it were an ICV, wouldn't I get some additional fault code?

Also, why do I still have the MAF code (It has returned even after I clear it)?
ehh not necessarily. If its dirty the little vane/door cant move and do its job. Its not a bad idea to clean it though. (free to do anyways)

also if cleaning the maf could do too (if not your maf could be bad since it threw a code)

unplug the maf and see if the car idles without it
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:51 AM
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I'll give the ICV cleaning a try. Any key cautions I should know of?
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:55 AM
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just remember which hose goes where (theres one on each side)
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:55 AM
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I replaced the MAF but with or without the MAF connected, I still have the problem.
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Old 07-04-2012, 09:57 AM
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yeah try cleaning maf and icv and see if it helps



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Old 07-04-2012, 12:42 PM
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The ICV was stuck. I cleaned it with MAF cleaner and the engine is idling fine.

I suspect that the ICV was altering intake airflow sufficiently to cause the MAF fault. I cleared the fault after the fix, and it did not return.

Thanks for your help!
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