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Old 11-02-2012, 10:46 AM
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Wink Missing after waterpump. radiator change and sparkplug

Hi new member here, I have a 1998 740iI that I replaced the radiator and water pump. In a test drive everything was great, the next time I drove it, it started running rough. Changed spark plugs (Bosh) it was better, but was missing at idle and seems to be getting worse. Seems OK until it warms up. Any ideas?
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:48 PM
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I would check all of your air intake hoses and clamps. Make sure you didn't crack a pipe. Then move onto the MAF and o2 sensors. Any codes?
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:54 PM
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You might want to retrace your steps. Is the Check engine light on? Did you have the codes read? You said you changed your spark plugs. Was any of the old plugs covered in oil? Did you replace the spark plug boots? Did you remember to replace the coil pack grounds? When you replaced the water pump and radiator, did you ensure the intake tubes were properly connected (vacuum leaks).

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Old 11-26-2012, 11:41 AM
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+1 on checking the coils

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Old 12-01-2012, 01:57 AM
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My suspicion is that your head gasket is leaking because if you also filled your cooling system with fresh anti freeze the new anti freeze has found a weak spot in one or both head gaskets.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by kge42 View Post
missing at idle and seems to be getting worse.
If it's misfiring that badly, there should be codes.
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