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Old 05-02-2013, 08:12 PM
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e46 Conduit box problem

I have a 325i and I just reinstalled my ccv and while putting everything back together i have a 3inch cable coming from my conduit box that i can figure out where is goes.... it brown and only a single wire so im assuming a ground... anyone know where it goes?
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:38 PM
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Probably under a screw on the block?

Any of these pics help when you blow them up?
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:11 AM
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OP - this is your third thread on your CCV job and what went wrong. It's not entirely uncommon that you forget to plug something back in on this job and just a friendly FYI it's irritating when people do multi threads on essentially the same issue. Check back to your original thread where I said most likely it's your ICV connector.

EDIT: I'm thinking you've left more than that unplugged. That could be to the alternator.
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:05 AM
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I have a 325i and I just reinstalled my ccv and while putting everything back together i have a 3inch cable coming from my conduit box that i can figure out where is goes.... it brown and only a single wire so im assuming a ground... anyone know where it goes?
The only cable that has a single wire is the oil pressure switch cable. That goes directly behind the oil filter housing. Be careful, there are two switches on that filter housing that are similar to each other. One is oil temperature switch (this one has 2 wires) and the other is the oil pressure switch (only single wire).
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:11 AM
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The only cable that has a single wire is the oil pressure switch cable. That goes directly behind the oil filter housing. Be careful, there are two switches on that filter housing that are similar to each other. One is oil temperature switch (this one has 2 wires) and the other is the oil pressure switch (only single wire).
Thanks. BTW He figured it out weeks ago in one of the other two threads he had going on this.
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:34 AM
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Thanks. BTW He figured it out weeks ago in one of the other two threads he had going on this.
Ouch!.. I didn't realize the last post on this was from a few weeks ago. I got the email notification about this just an hour ago so I assumed it is a new post!..

A glitch in the emailing system I guess Thanks for letting me know
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:19 AM
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No big deal - good add for the thread in general. If the guy hadn't had three threads going at once on essentially the same issue you probably would have seen the resolution. I think he's up on the etiquette now though.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:24 PM
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Sorry to Pop-In on an older thread. I have almost exactly the same issue as gbusby...Did a full tear-out/replace of CCV, dipstick O-ring, rebuilt DISA, new boots and cleaned everything. Just putting everything back together and I have ONE cable that just doesn't seem to have a place to connect??? I took pictures and made notes on connections and this one seems to have gotten away from me. The connector comes from the bottom of the conduit box and it isn't very long 6-8".

Any suggestions would be most helpful, I'd hate to have to pull this mess apart again (Ever!). I have attached a picture of the rough connector and conduit box.

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Old 01-11-2014, 11:01 PM
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I just looked at my pictures back when I did this a year ago. I am not showing that connector on any of the pictures I took. And since it has been a year, I do not remember it.
There are certain number of connectors in that area, so it is impossible to miss any. Gotta look for some more, it should come up.
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:26 AM
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There may be a link to a good picture in the wiki. This came up a few times a while back so I might have put it in there. I'd check electrical section or on the CCV DIY section.
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:14 AM
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Connectors that size I think go to oil temp sensor, oil temp pressure, and the alternator. IIRC.
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Connectors that size I think go to oil temp sensor, oil temp pressure, and the alternator. IIRC.
Yeah, I thought about all those but he says it is a short connector. With the length he shows, it can't make it to those areas...
There is also a possibility of mixing up the connectors. There are some interchangeable ones. I hope this would be the case...

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Yeah, I thought about all those but he says it is a short connector. With the length he shows, it can't make it to those areas...
There is also a possibility of mixing up the connectors. There are some interchangeable ones. I hope this would be the case...
Yeah, but he's pulling it up from the bottom side of the box, so it's like 6-8 inches, like he said. Back of alternator is very close. You can see one of the oil connectors plugged in a few inches away too.
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:18 AM
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Yeah, but he's pulling it up from the bottom side of the box, so it's like 6-8 inches, like he said. Back of alternator is very close. You can see one of the oil connectors plugged in a few inches away too.
I see it, Alternator would be good to check in this case...
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WOW!!! I really appreciate everyone's input and help here! I took a picture of the conduit box itself (thank goodness for cell phones) and labeled all of the connector outs from the box. I thought that might make it easier to figure out. Thanks Again...I'd love to get this thing back together.

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There are TWO connections at the Oil Filter Housing:

1-Oil Pressure switch connector
2-Oil temp sensor connector

If only one connector is going to Oil Filter Housing, check and make sure the other connector is occupied...
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Also note that Oil Pressure Sensor uses single-wire harness (although the connector has double socket. One is empty)., Oil temp sensor uses two-wire harness.
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There are TWO connections at the Oil Filter Housing:

1-Oil Pressure switch connector
2-Oil temp sensor connector

If only one connector is going to Oil Filter Housing, check and make sure the other connector is occupied...
+ 1

The pressure switch has one brown wire, the temp switch has two, but I don't remember the color.
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WOW!!! I really appreciate everyone's input and help here! I took a picture of the conduit box itself (thank goodness for cell phones) and labeled all of the connector outs from the box. I thought that might make it easier to figure out. Thanks Again...I'd love to get this thing back together.
Hey - that's a good picture. Can you update your key and upload the picture (vs. linking) so we can add this to the wiki. The question of where does this connector go has been asked several times over the past year.
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Success!!! Sure enough, it's the oil temperature switch. Darn thing faces the cabin, down low on the oil filter housing...It looks like plumbing, not electrical.

Major Thanks to everyone for helping out here, Sherlock Holmes would be proud! I guess I have to put this thing back together now.

((BTW> I updated the key and uploaded the image))
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:08 PM
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Success!!! Sure enough, it's the oil temperature switch. Darn thing faces the cabin, down low on the oil filter housing...It looks like plumbing, not electrical.

Major Thanks to everyone for helping out here, Sherlock Holmes would be proud! I guess I have to put this thing back together now.

((BTW> I updated the key and uploaded the image))
Good deal. :Thumbup:

I'll add to the wiki in the morning.
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Alright, I really hate to post this, I found yet another wire that's not connected to anything, this one I never disconnected. It is possible that this wire wasn't ever connected (since this vehicle is a relatively new addition and has a very sketchy past). It's just a single heavy ridged wire with what looks like a simple push-on connection with a rubber boot (looks very dirty and a bit corroded). It comes up from near the dipstick by the oil pan. Anyone ever familiar with this wire? Thanks again and again!

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Is it hard? If so, I am thinking it could be the vacuum pipe that goes to fuel pressure regulator.
If I am right, then the end that you are showing should be plugged to the "F" connector on the intake booth via piece of soft vacuum hose.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:48 AM
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Is it hard? If so, I am thinking it could be the vacuum pipe that goes to fuel pressure regulator.
If I am right, then the end that you are showing should be plugged to the "F" connector on the intake booth via piece of soft vacuum hose.
Agree. That F connector often gets broken when working in that area. Could just be the rubber section of the connector hose broke. Could get that at parts store vs the F connector being a BMW specific part.
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Is it hard? If so, I am thinking it could be the vacuum pipe that goes to fuel pressure regulator.
If I am right, then the end that you are showing should be plugged to the "F" connector on the intake booth via piece of soft vacuum hose.
Yes, it is very rigid, almost like a heavy gauge wire, it doesn't bend much.
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