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Old 06-16-2012, 10:41 PM
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Rough idle and exhaust

Okay, what do i need to check when my idle isn't smooth? It's a 1995 540i. Also are there any pre fitted exhaust kits for it? Thanks for the help.
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:43 PM
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Changed plugs roughly 7,000 miles ago with iridium NGK's
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:49 PM
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everything, thats a very general question for a bmw


cheapest first, carb cleaner on maf iac tps
check plugs and wires for propper gaps and such
vacuum leak test for bad gaskets
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:30 AM
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Had a smoke test done and there is no vacuum leak. If that helps
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:15 AM
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You don't check anything. You replace the plugs, oil, oil filter, air filter, and at the shop replace gas filters.

And a premade exhaust kit is available from Billy Boat. Bought one from LMPerformance a few months ago.
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:26 AM
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You don't check anything. You replace the plugs, oil, oil filter, air filter, and at the shop replace gas filters.

And a premade exhaust kit is available from Billy Boat. Bought one from LMPerformance a few months ago.


You can pull the plugs and check them, check the oil, air filter and check when fuel filters were done.

This is 540I.. spark plugs cost $$, two fuel filters $$ etc... it's not really 'cheap' to just throw parts at it IMHO. Oil is $70 for 8qts or whatever.

I would make sure the smoke test was properly done and pressurized first, check voltage to core sensors:

http://www.e34addicts.com/Checking_E...cal_Components

Do fuel pressure test:

http://www.e34addicts.com/Checking_Fuel_Pressure

Check your MAF and do compression test after.

If you are near NYC I can help you out.
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:46 AM
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Thanks for the help guys. My fuel filters were changed roughly 1500 miles ago and tune up was approximately 6500 miles ago. If the fuel pressure is low, which it might be, what do i check after the filters?
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Old 06-17-2012, 11:49 AM
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next in line would be ohm the fuel pump to see if its busted or weak
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Old 06-17-2012, 01:14 PM
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Would that be manifested in fuel pressure?

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Old 06-17-2012, 01:17 PM
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ya, if the pump is weak then fuel pressure would drop accordingly, its just easier to test the pump than replace it,
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:18 PM
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next in line would be ohm the fuel pump to see if its busted or weak
Ohm the fuel pump? You mean pressure test it with a gauge in driver side rail :P
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:32 PM
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no use a ohm meter to test the electrical connection of the actual fuel pump, but hey, what ever works
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:00 AM
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Alright I'll have it checked and see what happens. And if this makes any difference it idles funny only sometimes... It's weird

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Old 06-18-2012, 10:49 AM
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Air leak..
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:07 AM
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Yeah i suspected that too but I had a smoke test done, and nothing appeared.

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Old 06-18-2012, 04:03 PM
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1. Did you pull the codes from your car?
2. Buggy o2 sensor? When did you last change your sensor?
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:07 AM
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Three months ago I swapped the sensors.
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