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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 12-11-2010, 10:27 AM
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Ok so I got contours and tires all mounted up last night....I will post pics tomorrow after I get home from skiing tomorrow and get her all washed up. I may try to smog again tomorrow....I'm slowly making progress on all the little things.

So far I have done:

New sun visors
Replaced cluster
Fixed side skirt
Replaced rear suspension with sach's shocks and H&R springs
Sparks plugs
Coil boots
Intake air temp sensor
No name CAI
Found out I have Dinan throttle body
Contours and new tires
Replaced fog lights
Turner RSM's
Replaced missing panels in the trunk
Fuel filter
Mobil one oil change
Cabin air filter
Vavle cover gasket
Cooling system overhaul

And I have only dirven it about 600 miles
Wow. That's a damn impressive list.
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Old 12-11-2010, 11:58 AM
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Wow...someone had time on their hands...got rid of the other one yet?
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Old 12-11-2010, 03:49 PM
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Thanks df, I am having a hard time locating the misfire...its OBD1 and I'm not getting a code. Should I disconnect one plug at a time when its misfiring and see if I can locate it that way, or do I need to have it hooked up to a computer?

It seems to only miss at idle after running at constant rpm when the engine is warm, like on an offramp after driving on the freeway. It doesn't miss when cold.

The car seems to run alot better after I replaced the IAT sensor.
do you have a vacuum guage?? if not, they're not that much. i suggest getting one. hook it up and then when the condition presents, look at the guage. the face should have some suggestions as to what to look for should you be so inclined.

pretty much unless you wish to invest in a lot of specialized tools i would go with the 'unplug one coil at a time' method to identify the missing cylinder. then swap the plug out with either a new one, or the next cylinder, and the coil with another cylinder. this way if the miss moves you have isolated the culprit. if it does not change, then the problem is in the cylinder. if so, then you would be looking at either a faulty injector or bad valve.
you could swap out the injector with another cylinder, or another known good unit and revisit.

if it still presents after this, then i would do a running compression test. (unplug the injector before doing this as not to risk harming the cat). this should be done to at least 2 other cyilnders to get an idea as to the condition of the cylinder in question.

if this test indicates the problem is in the cylinder, then i would do a leak down to the cylinder. most chain parts stores rent tools like this, so you can probably locate one. (not hard, if you have compressed air and can do a compression test you can do this).

if you have any questions just let me know, i'll try to help.


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Old 12-11-2010, 07:50 PM
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Have you checked for leaks around the ICV or cleaned it?
Yep replaced a broken elbow into the intake manifold, and cleaned the ICV, didn't do much.

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Wow...someone had time on their hands...got rid of the other one yet?
I just work on it a few hours in the evenings, I've already had it for a month I am going to sell the other one to my fiance's brother....we may have a new fester soon

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do you have a vacuum guage?? if not, they're not that much. i suggest getting one. hook it up and then when the condition presents, look at the guage. the face should have some suggestions as to what to look for should you be so inclined.

pretty much unless you wish to invest in a lot of specialized tools i would go with the 'unplug one coil at a time' method to identify the missing cylinder. then swap the plug out with either a new one, or the next cylinder, and the coil with another cylinder. this way if the miss moves you have isolated the culprit. if it does not change, then the problem is in the cylinder. if so, then you would be looking at either a faulty injector or bad valve.
you could swap out the injector with another cylinder, or another known good unit and revisit.

if it still presents after this, then i would do a running compression test. (unplug the injector before doing this as not to risk harming the cat). this should be done to at least 2 other cyilnders to get an idea as to the condition of the cylinder in question.

if this test indicates the problem is in the cylinder, then i would do a leak down to the cylinder. most chain parts stores rent tools like this, so you can probably locate one. (not hard, if you have compressed air and can do a compression test you can do this).

if you have any questions just let me know, i'll try to help.


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Thanks df, I don't really remember, but I *think* it wasn't missing when I drove it home. It had bosch +2 platinums, and I swapped the NGK's.....maybe I'll switch the plugs back first before I do anything else. Is high HC at idle a symptom of any bigger problems other than ignition or injection problem? (ie bad valve or rings or head problems?)


Also uploading pics now....will post soon
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Old 12-11-2010, 08:05 PM
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Here are some pics of the car as it sits now. I repaced front springs/struts and re-intsalled the missing sway bar today too:







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Old 12-11-2010, 08:10 PM
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Old 12-11-2010, 08:19 PM
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hc is a misfire indicator (raw fuel), while co is a rich indicator. there can be elevated levels of hc in a rich running condition, but not usually associated with a misfire. a lean miss could produce a misfire and high hc, which could point to an injector issue. this could be anything from buildup restricting the atomization of fuel for proper combution, to faulty injector, to fuel rail restriction, or even low fuel volume (even though pressure may be sufficient).

have you tried seafoam yet?? i'd run about 1/2 the can through for a good decarbon to the top end if you haven't done it yet.



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Old 12-11-2010, 08:24 PM
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Yeah I seafoamed through the intake about half a can. It seemed to help alot. I also ran a bottle of concentrate techron in about 3/8 a tank of fuel and that didn't seem to do much. I replaced the fuel filter and the car seemed to pick up better, but it still has the missfire. I'll swap the plugs tomorrow and try to locate the problem cylinder
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Old 12-11-2010, 09:39 PM
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Old 12-11-2010, 09:49 PM
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Old 12-11-2010, 09:54 PM
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:25 AM
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Yeah I seafoamed through the intake about half a can. It seemed to help alot. I also ran a bottle of concentrate techron in about 3/8 a tank of fuel and that didn't seem to do much. I replaced the fuel filter and the car seemed to pick up better, but it still has the missfire. I'll swap the plugs tomorrow and try to locate the problem cylinder
i did not read the thread, so sorry if these questions have been answered.. what plugs are you running? more importantly have you inspected the boots? i remember i swapped coils and boots and had a misfire, turned out one of the boots had a tiny tear and it intermittently misfired, swapped it w a diff boot, problem solved.
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:17 AM
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i did not read the thread, so sorry if these questions have been answered.. what plugs are you running? more importantly have you inspected the boots? i remember i swapped coils and boots and had a misfire, turned out one of the boots had a tiny tear and it intermittently misfired, swapped it w a diff boot, problem solved.
Yeah, I'm running NGK's with new boots, and I swapped the coils to try and find one misfiring. I may have a bad plug
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just curious, how is working on the M compared to the 325?

Like difficulty of diy
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:56 PM
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just curious, how is working on the M compared to the 325?

Like difficulty of diy
Its exactly the same, the parts are just a little more. The layout of the engine and the location of the sensors/parts are all pretty much the exact same as the m50. The difference comes from 95 and 96+ cars. My m50 and s50 are really similar, but I think the s50 and s52 are somewhat different
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:26 PM
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So far I have done:

New sun visors
Replaced cluster
Fixed side skirt
Replaced rear suspension with sach's shocks and H&R springs
Sparks plugs
Coil boots
Intake air temp sensor
No name CAI
Found out I have Dinan throttle body
Contours and new tires
Replaced fog lights
Turner RSM's
Replaced missing panels in the trunk
Fuel filter
Mobil one oil change
Cabin air filter
Vavle cover gasket
Cooling system overhaul

Replaced climate control, instrument cluster, and headlight bulbs
Painted grills black
Finished front suspension with Sach's springs/struts
Installed fornt swaybar
Replaced blown speaker in rear
Blower resistor


Updates in bold.

I put the pos bosch +2's back in and the misfire has completely disappeared. Is it possible that I got a bad NGK causing a misfire?
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Thats a big list of things done.

How much money do you guys spend on your cars before you say
"Too Much"


I see that list and would say NAH it's cheaper to buy another in better shape.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:40 PM
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Good work Alan!! I like the progress!

I wanna see the car
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Thats a big list of things done.

How much money do you guys spend on your cars before you say
"Too Much"


I see that list and would say NAH it's cheaper to buy another in better shape.
The car itself is in really good shape, its just all the little things that bug me that I am taking care of. I will probably keep this car for a while, so I would like to keep modding it, and that means that I probably won't reach the "Too Much" point

I really haven't spent all that much considering if I sell my style 5's and racelands. I would have to spend a whole lot more to find a car that will be as nice as mine is when I get done with my laundry list (like 10 grand I would guess)

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Good work Alan!! I like the progress!

I wanna see the car
I know...I'm working 7 days a week until probably march...so that means no road trips. I'm definately going to bimmerfest with it so we'll make our own caravan, and we can do a shoot and whatnot

I kinda wanna drive the e30 jus to see what all the fuss is about
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Frank, take I-80 across the US like Los did, and come through Reno....we can chill and then drive down to the bay area, then caravan to pasadena!

I'm getting excited now
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I know...I'm working 7 days a week until probably march...so that means no road trips. I'm definately going to bimmerfest with it so we'll make our own caravan, and we can do a shoot and whatnot

I kinda wanna drive the e30 jus to see what all the fuss is about
Damn, not a cool sched... But yeah... My winter break is a lil over a month so I was thinking (thinking) of taking a drive up there depending if I have the will and gas money for it lol

And sure, you can drive the e30 if i can tear up the m3
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Damn, not a cool sched... But yeah... My winter break is a lil over a month so I was thinking (thinking) of taking a drive up there depending if I have the will and gas money for it lol

And sure, you can drive the e30 if i can tear up the m3
Yep.....I think she likes it

And if you just pick a weekend where its not supposed to snow, you won't have to worry about the roads. They keep I-80 really clear in the winter.
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Yep.....I think she likes it

And if you just pick a weekend where its not supposed to snow, you won't have to worry about the roads. They keep I-80 really clear in the winter.
Yeah, I think i might try to make it out. I wont be doing shyt anyway lol. Would be pretty cool cuz I never been there on my own time haha.
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