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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 10-03-2012, 11:43 PM
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Idling too high

I have a 98 318is and it has a full magnaflow exhaust and a k&n open air filter , I'm idling at like 500rpm too high , 3000 at 100 kph
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:03 AM
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i think its alright..its realy not that high...
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:05 AM
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Okay, so you say you're idling too high, but then the example you provided is 3000rpm @ 100kph. Do you understand why this does not make sense? In other words, do you understand why telling us what your RPMs at highway speeds are not going to help us figure out what's going on with your idle speed?
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:32 AM
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:39 AM
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Damn im stupid haha
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:01 AM
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derp de derp D: isn't there a sticky on how to ask intelligent questions ( no offense )
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Yes, there is. At any rate, in modern cars, idling too high is usually the result of a vacuum leak.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:10 AM
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precisely check the silicone hose that goes from your air intake to the throttle body past 2 cars have had this go it develops large cracks in the accordion area if not there then just start looking vacuum leaks aren't (usually) that hard to find
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:19 AM
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Oh ok thanks a lot guys !
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:19 AM
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If I just left the vacuum leak , would it be alright or
Would it lead to further problems?
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:25 AM
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The vacuum leaks will get worse and worse, until eventually the engine will start running terribly, and then not at all. I guess I don't understand why you'd come to a forum seeking help to identify a problem, and when a relatively simple fix (potentially) is suggested, you then decide you'd rather not fix the problem.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:26 AM
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I'm going to fix it I was just wondering what would happen if I didn't , I wouldn't be able to get to it for another week at least
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:27 AM
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It's an issue that should be addressed it will only get worst and in the end will make your engine run sporadically plus cant pass inspection usually with vacuum leaks just go look under the bonnet and see what you find if it is the area around your intake boot that means unfiltered unmetered air is entering your engine = odd running and shorter engine life.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:31 AM
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I just got it inspected and it passed , yet it is idling high still. I'll take a loo after school today. Thanks for you guys answering back to this post so quick too.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:33 AM
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intake boots are dirt cheap 20-50 bucks vaccumn lines are fairly cheap as well like ze said just get it fixed asap not critical but it should definitely be addressed asap good luck on locating the issue!
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:39 AM
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Ok thanks I'll tell you guys what's up after I take a look
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:43 AM
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Another quick question , not on this topic but replacing a oil pan gasket , hard not hard?
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:46 AM
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gotta tear out the whole front suspension support the block remove motor mounts support tranny <- should potentially replace these mounts when your under there as well as your flex disc sorry going on a tangent its a mediocre job it will take some time probably a couple days under the car to get it all done
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:49 AM
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Wow thought it was just a matter of pulling the pan off and throwing a new seal on
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:33 PM
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Your just ****ing with me aren't you....
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:37 PM
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Your just ****ing with me aren't you....
No, he isn't. For basic maintenance a site like http://bimmerdiy.com are invaluable resources.
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No, he is telling the truth. To remove and install the oil pan gasket, you have to drop the front sub-frame. This requires supporting the weight of the engine with an engine hoist while you drop the pan and replace the gasket. So, it's one of those things where the part is cheap, but the labor involved in somewhat extensive.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:17 PM
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Not an easy job plus with our 15+ year old cars nothings ever easy always have to replace hardware and what not so no its not an easy job but thats half of owning these cars you pretty much have to learn to do it yourself or bring the ky to your mechanic any luck on the leak yet?
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:22 PM
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Yeah found a crack , going to get a new tube thingy tomorrow
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:30 PM
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very nice easy easy fix might as well clean your maf sensor too its the sensor in the solid tube right after the airbox and by your intake boot (tube thingy) as you dubbed it gotta get some maf spray from auto parts store this helps gas mileage
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