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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 07-05-2015, 11:24 AM
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I need help/advice

I joined Bimmerfest today and am in need of some help/ advice!!! I recently purchased a 96 328ci...the cel was on...i scanned it and got code p1519 which is the cam synch code. I Replaced it with a used one that was taken out of a 98 328i with no cel on. I'm still getting the same code!!! My mechanic says I should change my DME. the car is an automatic and will not go into 4th gear, i checked the transmission fluid it is full and clean...abs light is also on...that is why he is saying to change the DME...
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Old 07-05-2015, 03:00 PM
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where did you get your info??

the dtc's with a "1" are manufacturer specific, not generic.

dtc's for cam position sensors are in the 300's, not the 500's.

a speed sensor would be in the 500's, and a "1" after the "p" designates this as a bmw specific code. coupled with the fact that you are in limp in mode and have an abs light on, your mechanic should have told you too look for a faulty wheel speed sensor, not jump right to a new dme (pcm in obd2 terms)

search limp in mode for your transmission and see what the common issues are. chances are you will find a faulty wheel speed sensor.

then look for a better mechanic to work on your car....





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Old 07-05-2015, 03:45 PM
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Thank you for the info D F... you are right i need to find a better mechanic, he's good with domestics not so good with BMW'S lol! I will look into the faulty wheel speed sensor. So just to confirm... are you saying that its possible a faulty wheel speed sensor would put the car into limp mode and not shift into 4th? Sorry I am just trying to understand.
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Old 07-05-2015, 05:04 PM
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my best suggestion at this point would be to have the diagnostic trouble codes (dtc's) for the abs retrieved. there is no other way to do this without a bmw abs specific code tool.

otherwise, you are going to be guessing.


guessing gets expensive.




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