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E28 (1982 - 1988)

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Old 09-23-2013, 01:12 PM
das_bimmer07 das_bimmer07 is offline
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Mein Auto: 1988 535is
rough idle electrical? fuel delievery?

i have a 1988 535is and have a really rough idle it smooths out when load is put on tried adjusting lifters help quiet the tick a little but not much any suggestions on what i could try and do ???
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:37 PM
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Mein Auto: 2000 323i, 1988 528e
Check your ignition system; plugs, wires, coil wires, cap, rotor, and the connections, check for vacuum leaks, make sure the idle air control valve is working (remove and clean it and the passages it connects to), your injectors could be clogged or faulty, or the pressure regulator could be bad, bad O2 sensor, bad coolant temperature sensor, there's lots of possibilities.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:30 PM
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Take the injectors for a rig clean first (PLEASE dont use add-to-gas stuff!!) Check fuel pressure and flow while the injectors are away. catso's tests are also valid.
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I've just changed my wiper blades and now my reverse lights don't work. Should I change my fuel pump relay?
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:32 AM
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Mein Auto: E28 M535i, E30 323i
What catso said.
My 2 cents: From your description, go with vac leaks and O2 sensor.
Apparently O2 sensors should be done every 60k or so, so you are doing preventative maintenance at the same time even if it isn't the O2 sensor.
Maybe check all grounds, their's a few there to check.
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