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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 01-19-2013, 10:58 AM
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Question Secondary Air Injection System

The problem began with a noise that sounded much like a whimpering dog behind my dash when I had a cold start-up. From inspection I was able to ascertain the noise was coming from the secondary air injection system. Shortly after this the noise stopped but now the check engine light has appeared. I removed the injection system this morning and it appears to me the motor has burned up. It was quite charred on one of the leads and there was some soot/melting inside, not to mention the burning smell. While I intend to have the code pulled I am wondering how common such a failure is. Mainly do I have air out flow problem/exhaust that would cause the system to become over burdened and burn up?
It is a 1996 328 so considering the age of the car I'm not sure if my catalytic converter is gummed up since it happened on a previous vehicle of mine that was about as old. I live in a rather humid climate next to the ocean. Thanks for any advice.
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:26 PM
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If you pulled the secondary air pump you will throw a check engine light. Instead of replacing it do a search on here or bimmerforums for a SAPSIM. It is a simulator that wires in and makes the DME think the air pump is still there. Much cheaper and one guy is even selling a no splice kit.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:56 AM
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The check engine light came on before I removed it but I'm pretty sure it was already fried. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:47 PM
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what codes were set??


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Old 01-21-2013, 02:06 PM
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The simulation is for states that do no emissions testing.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:32 PM
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The simulators should still work to pass the sniffer test. If they do a visual and the tech knows what he's looking for you'll fail but those guys aren't usually the smartest. Unless your in CA you'll probably be ok.
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