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Old 12-23-2010, 12:30 PM
zerwin zerwin is offline
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Mein Auto: 1996 bmw m3
idle problem

hey i have 1996 bmw m3 i have a really bad idle this is my first bmw and i'm not sure were to start can someone help me out?
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:19 PM
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Please when you post provide as much information as you can.
Bad idle means what?
Idle is too high, idle goes up and down
Idle is too low?
See what I mean?

Typically on our M3 the bad idle is caused by:
Idle control valve dirty or shot, typically they get dirty and can be cleaned with teflon safe throttle body cleaner
You have a crack in the boot from the MAP to the throttle body allowing unmetere air to enter
Other vacuum leak caused by a bad hose (could be the one from the boot to the idle control valve)

I would check those.
If you don't know what I am talking about take a look at or and see the exploded views there to locate the parts I mentioned.

More info really helps locate your issue...
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