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Old 12-26-2016, 10:25 AM
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Here is my situation, I've been away from home for almost two years and my 2007 BMW 530i has been sitting for nearly 1.5 years after traveling 200,000 miles in its beautiful life. I'm coming home soon and I was wondering what all should I replace? The battery was recently replaced and the car started and moves, but has an "odd" idle, high and low. My guess was the idle control valve, if so that's an easy fix.

I've thought of flushing all fluids (from the radiator to the brakes), tires, filters, belts, water pump, and spark plugs. It has 200K miles in it and I'm pretty sure the inside of the engine has to look pretty black. To what extent should I clean it, if any?

Any help would be great. This is my first BMW and I've looked up a lot of "how to" videos, but nothing works as well as asking the people who know about the car directly. Thank you all.
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Old 12-26-2016, 10:32 AM
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Assuming this is happening while the car is in park... try turning off the heat/ac/fan and see if that makes a difference. Could be your air conditioning cycling on and off, which requests a higher idle speed to power the load. Does it happen with every start, or just one time? If the car warms up and drives around a while, then parks and restarts when warm, does it still have the odd idle? Is the fuel still the 2-year-old fuel that's been sitting in the tank the whole time? Full or empty tank?
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Old 12-26-2016, 10:43 AM
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I'm fairly certain it's the same fuel. My grandma drove it around for awhile, then the registration went out, so it's sat there. I'll have to ask her to test all these out and get back with me. I won't be home for another three months, I'm just wanting to see where I'm at and what needs to be done.
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Old 12-26-2016, 11:25 AM
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Just drive the car for a while and then decide. If it starts then the gas hasn't gone bad or at least not too bad. Throw in some fuel injector clearer for the next couple tanks.
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Old 12-26-2016, 07:02 PM
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Just drive the car for a while and then decide. If it starts then the gas hasn't gone bad or at least not too bad. Throw in some fuel injector clearer for the next couple tanks.
Okay, I'll let them know. Thanks.
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Old 12-27-2016, 06:25 AM
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No idle control valve on your N52 motor. Throttle Body doens't even operate the car when running. Valvetronic takes care of that. My bet is on fuel injectors. They will probably need a good cleaning. Also driving a misfiring car to try and clear it up wont work as your car will turn off fuel to cylinders that are misfiring constantly.
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Old 12-27-2016, 06:12 PM
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No idle control valve on your N52 motor. Throttle Body doens't even operate the car when running. Valvetronic takes care of that. My bet is on fuel injectors. They will probably need a good cleaning. Also driving a misfiring car to try and clear it up wont work as your car will turn off fuel to cylinders that are misfiring constantly.
Interesting. I told my family to put some new fuel and injector cleaner in it yesterday, so hopefully, when they get around to it, that'll help it out. Thank you.
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Old 12-28-2016, 12:36 AM
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I meant more in the lines of removing them and cleaning them in a fuel injector cleaning machine. If your pretty lucky just some injector cleaner might work, worth a try.
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Old 12-28-2016, 04:38 AM
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I meant more in the lines of removing them and cleaning them in a fuel injector cleaning machine. If your pretty lucky just some injector cleaner might work, worth a try.
Oh wow, well that is good to know. Not what I was thinking at all lol but yeah, I'll keep that in mind. Thanks
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its better to also drive it hard when u got the cleaner in the system to help clean and burn off gunk etc....
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its better to also drive it hard when u got the cleaner in the system to help clean and burn off gunk etc....
Yeah, that's what I was telling them.
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