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Old 08-13-2018, 02:42 PM
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525i running and idling rough

Hey ya'll, I just want to get an opinion.

I have had my 2003 525i for about 4 years now, and it is awesome, but now it is running really rough and idling VERY poorly. Came to a point where I actually stalled in the road at a light (its also an automatic). I got the error codes and one that stuck out is the code P0313. So I was thinking, "alright so my injectors aren't getting the correct amount of fuel. I'll first try the fuel filter. Thats pretty common." After I replaced it, it still had trouble. I lost a good amount of horsepower and I was about to get new injectors and fuel pump, but then I looked at the other codes, and they read P0171, P0174, P1083, P1085 and P1620. This opens up many other causes for my problems. The biggest problem could be a vacuum leak, because I don't think both my Oxygen Sensors would go bad at the same time. So any thoughts? I am getting it diagnosed on Wednesday, but I am still trying to find out as much info I can.

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Old 08-13-2018, 04:06 PM
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to start. itd help if you define each code at the start so we dont have to look em all up.
youve most likely got a vacuum leak, and a bad thermostat to boot (the 1620 code)
yes inadequate fuel delivery can cause lean codes, the way to test for that is with a fuel pressure gauge, measuring pressure on the injector rail ( should read 50 psi or so)
but id look first at a vac leak, a common issue, its covered well on this site if you do a search for it.
a smoke test is a good way to pinpoint vac leaks.
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