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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 11-06-2012, 02:46 PM
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:09 PM
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Please make only one thread if you have related problems. It makes it easier for us to help you. Also... it helps if you actually have a question.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:14 PM
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Ok sorry about that and I'm wondering why it's idling weird and how to fix it
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:15 PM
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It kinda sounds like it is idling rough. Any check engine light? And are you sure the check engine bulb is working?
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:34 PM
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I will check but I'm pretty sure it is , any suggestions to try ?
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:52 PM
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To see if the CEL is working? Turn the key to the third position (right before the starter) and the CEL should light up, along with the oil pressure light and others.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:17 PM
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nope not working
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:19 PM
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Ok, then you'll need to remove the cluster and replace the bulb.

Here is a good DIY for removing the cluster:

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...d.php?t=337504
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:22 PM
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I don't see or hear anything wrong. Sounds just like a BMW 4-cylinder with an aftermarket exhaust.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:25 PM
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Ok thanks zegerman , and I will do that tomorrow as soon as I get a new bulb , what could be causing the weird idling then ? After market exhaust?
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:25 PM
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Ze German your like that mechanic genius friend everyone has haha !
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:28 PM
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What is weird about your idling? Looks normal to me. Seems like you just revved it, and then the idle settled down at the correct speed as it should.
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This^. It idles exactly like my 318.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:30 PM
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i reved it up then it sits at 1000 for a little and slowly makes its way to 500 ish
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:30 PM
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thanks for that diy too i found another one to fix my steering wheel squeak
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:32 PM
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I think what you are experiencing is normal, and it looks as though your engine was not fully up to operating temperature either, which will cause the revs to hang a little bit.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:04 PM
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