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    Eric
  • BMW Model
    328i
  • BMW Year
    2008

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  1. p38fln

    diesels

    Hi Dave, yes, everything I said was a complete wild guess without having more info, and more information is required to do anything beyond wild conjecture. I wasn't saying that more info isn't needed, I was just trying to guess at what he was trying to say.
  2. p38fln

    diesels

    I think i can translate for him - He has a petrol 318i and the engine continues running after switching the ignition off for a several seconds, a condition known as "dieseling" since the fuel is igniting without a spark. This should be impossible on an engine with electronic fuel injection unless you have a fairly major issue with the engine burning oil.
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    328i dies at stops when warm

    Just got the car back from the recall repairs, and I took the opportunity to ask what that part under the oil cap actually does. It's the oil pressure regulator. I also got a brand new BMW brand oil filter after they insisted I replace it immediately due to an oil leak that was observed while the car was in the shop. They gave a free diagnostic while it was there, Recommendations: New valve cover gasket, observed leak New tensioner pulley due to observed belt wobble New oil filter & gasket and possibly new housing and cap
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    Gutted

    Any car with 4 wheel drive, and especially any car with full time 4x4 is going to be very upset with mismatched tires. They're so strict on tolerances you have to rotate them about every 10K miles to prevent issues with one end of the car wearing more than the other. Some cars (Ford Kuga II/Escape) will just disengage the transfer case and revert to front wheel drive if they detect this happening because they come with a mini-spare tire, but most AWD cars don't have this ability and will just burn up the transfer case (Or center differential, since these cars don't really have a true transfer case).
  5. Bob, check that the oil filter insert is actually in place. This is a well known issue, there's actually an official TSB from BMW describing these exact symptoms: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2012/SB-10032779-8218.pdf If it's missing, replace the missing part, clean the VANOS solenoids with some starting fluid (Ether), and enjoy driving again 🙂
  6. p38fln

    best coding

    Carly is VERY simple, nearly impossible to screw up and has tons of parameters you can play with. It's worth the money. Bimmercode can activate features that you don't have such as satellite radio for about 1/3 to 1/2 what the dealer would charge, with the caveat that you can't install official BMW software updates afterrwards without having Bimmercode perform the activation again. I tried to play with BMW 1.4.0 but laptop is 64 bit and I never could get the drivers to work so I just went with Carly. Carista is good too and has a 1 week free trial if you just want to get your feet wet.
  7. p38fln

    328i dies at stops when warm

    That's what I've read elsewhere too, but just looking at the design of the part (A piston on a spring) and location and symptoms of the part missing being the same as low oil pressure, I think it's actually a pressure regulator, which just has the side effect of causing oil to not get filtered when it's missing. My plan is to just swap the filter frequently, since I just put brand new oil in it. It's very noticeably got more power now. It actually gets up and GOES with considerable enthusiasm. I think it needs new plugs too because it's somewhat hard starting and is missing occasionally, but that's to be expected on an engine with 140K miles on it that's been maintained by a gorilla 🙂 Seriously I think you're on to something, there were hammer marks all over the transmission's bell housing when we changed the starter out. Someone also cleaned the interior with battery acid as far as I can tell...the door handles are actually coming apart. Maybe the title of the thread should be changed to "Getting a BMW maintained by a gorilla to run right" lol
  8. p38fln

    potential new owner

    Also check that the positive battery terminal isn't cracked, definitely a known issue on the 328i depending on the model year. Pu
  9. p38fln

    potential new owner

    Be sure the oil housing cap isn't missing the center piece and the fuel cap is there.... I just spent 3 weeks of pure aggravation due to mine missing those parts. I strongly recommend taking a BMW specific code scanner with you before buying it and seeing what codes it currently has, the MIL won't come on unless a rather severe issue is detected but all kinds of minor annoyances will set codes. Some codes will be historical, like "Left tail light burned out" just verify the light is actually working. The code won't clear on its own. Check that the windshield washer actually functions, mine doesn't and I haven't had time to deal with it due to all the other problems I was having. It's apparently a very common issue on the 3 series. Listen for a good strong starter, they're an absolute pain in the rear to change. You can do it yourself in your driveway and about 4 hours of time and the appropriate tools and a helper to hold the intake manifold out of the way, but it's not the easiest thing to do.
  10. p38fln

    328i dies at stops when warm

    The new oil filter housing cap just arrived, so I've had a chance to look at that missing center bit. Is that missing center piece the an oil pressure regulator and anti-drainback valve? no wonder it ran like crap once it warmed up... amazed it ran at all.
  11. p38fln

    Recalls

    Do you all have recalls or something equivalent over there? I just got a scary red postcard in the mail that the car needs to come in IMMEDIATELY for a free airbag replacement. I attached it for everyone to "enjoy." Now I just have to figure out how to get it serviced...the closest BMW new-car dealer is 150 miles South of here. I ran the VIN and found that is has 4 total recalls, but the airbag is the only one where I got the scary red letter 1. PCV heater - Circuitry can malfunction and cause the heater to catch on fire 2. HVAC blower wiring - Circuitry can malfunction and cause a fire 3. Battery positive terminal connector - Connector can degrade and cause a loss of power 4. Driver's side airbag can explode, causing death or serious injury Output from www.safercar.gov: 2008 BMW 328I US A 4 Recalls associated with this VIN Feb 07,2013 Manufacturer Recall Number NA NHTSA Recall Number 13V044 Recall Status Recall Incomplete Summary POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM: On certain model year 2008 through 2012 1 Series coupes and convertibles manufactured December 2007 through September 2011; model year 2007 through 2011 3 Series sedans, coupes and convertibles manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; model year 2007 through 2011 3 Series Sports Wagons manufactured March 2007 through June 2011; and model year 2009 through 2011 Z4 vehicles manufactured March 2009 through June 2011, the connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade. Over time, the high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may lead to connection failure, and a loss of electrical power to the vehicle. Safety Risk If there is a loss of electrical power, the vehicle may unexpectedly stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Remedy The remedy is available. Your BMW center will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method. Manufacturer's Notes For additional information or assistance, please contact Customer Relations and Services at 1-800-525-7417 or email at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com. If the manufacturer has failed or is unable to remedy this safety recall for your vehicle in a timely manner, please contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at: 1-888-327-4236 or TTY: 1-800-424-9153 or file an online complaint with NHTSA. Feb 05,2016 Manufacturer Recall Number NA NHTSA Recall Number 16V071 Recall Status Recall Incomplete Summary DRIVER'S FRONT AIR BAG: During air bag deployment in an accident, the driver's front air bag module may produce excessive internal pressure that could cause the inflator to rupture. Safety Risk Inflator rupture could result in metal fragments striking the driver or other passengers, potentially resulting in serious injury or death. Remedy Final remedy parts are available. Your BMW center will replace the driver's front air bag module for FREE. Please make an appointment with an authorized BMW center immediately. To ensure BMW of North America, LLC has your most recent contact information, please visit http://www.bmwusa.com/myBMW . Manufacturer's Notes For additional information or assistance, please contact Customer Relations and Services at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com, or at 1-800-525-7417. If the manufacturer has failed or is unable to remedy this safety recall for your vehicle in a timely manner, please contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at: 1-888-327-4236 or TTY: 1-800-424-9153 or file an online complaint with NHTSA. Oct 25,2017 Manufacturer Recall Number NA NHTSA Recall Number 17V676 Recall Status Recall Incomplete Summary BLOWER MOTOR WIRING: This recall involves the wiring for the system, known as the blower-motor, that controls air flow for the heating and air conditioning system. Over time, the connection between the wiring and this system could deteriorate and, in rare cases, could lead to overheating. Safety Risk If overheating occurs, this could further lead to a short circuit or melting at the connection. In extremely rare cases, this could lead to a fire. Remedy The wiring will be inspected and a new part will be installed. Additional components will be replaced, if necessary, as determined at the time of repair. Final owner notification letters are being mailed on a staggered basis as parts become available. Manufacturer's Notes For additional information or assistance, please contact Customer Relations and Services at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com or at 1-800-525-7417. If the manufacturer has failed or is unable to remedy this safety recall for your vehicle in a timely manner, please contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at: 1-888-327-4236 or TTY: 1-800-424-9153 or file an online complaint with NHTSA. Oct 30,2017 Manufacturer Recall Number NA NHTSA Recall Number 17V683 Recall Status Recall Incomplete Summary POSITIVE CRANKCASE VENTILATION (PCV) VALVE HEATER : This recall involves an engine component known as the Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) valve heater. The PCV valve heater may not have been produced to specifications. Over time, it could deteriorate and, in rare cases, could lead to overheating. Safety Risk If overheating occurs, then in rare cases, this could lead to melting of the PCV valve. In extremely rare cases, this could lead to a fire. Remedy The PCV valve heater will be inspected and a new part will be installed. If necessary, additional components will be replaced as determined at the time of repair. All final owner notification letters have been mailed. Manufacturer's Notes For additional information or assistance, please contact Customer Relations and Services at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com or at 1-800-525-7417. Find a dealer. If the manufacturer has failed or is unable to remedy this safety recall for your vehicle in a timely manner, please contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at: 1-888-327-4236 or TTY: 1-800-424-9153 or file an online complaint with NHTSA.
  12. p38fln

    328i dies at stops when warm

    I think I'll have to replace the filter after 500 miles once this filter cap arrives...that oil has got to have some absolutely nasty crud in it. It was just changed, but not at a BMW dealer (The closest dealer is 150 miles south of here, so dealer oil changes aren't really practical). No, the quick-lube place didn't lose the insert, and they forced me to use the 5W30 full synthetic oil that BMW requires. I looked under the oil filter cap when I first got the car because the O-ring wasn't sealing properly and oil was running out all over everything, and it wasn't there then either.
  13. p38fln

    328i dies at stops when warm

    Ordered off Amazon, should be here tomorrow. $42, I'll check Pelican parts next time.
  14. p38fln

    UK set to adopt vehicle speed limiters

    I saw an article that smart meters very frequently overbill for high-efficiency lighting. No one knew the exact cause, but power bills are sometimes off by as much as 50% if you have all energy efficient lighting and a smart meter. The old style meters with the spinning disk are considered to be the more accurate models. Unfortunately, we have a smart meter here, and power bills are absolutely insane.
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    328i dies at stops when warm

    The little pain in the butt did it again. So, I took the solenoids out and cleaned them, again. It worked for two days, again, and then started dying again. So what on earth would cause the solenoids to get dirty so quickly? Well...I dug all over Google looking for other causes of the 2A87 code I'm getting. There are the scary ones (Bad camshaft lobe, broken camshaft gear bolts, bad VANOS solenoid) and then I saw someone say they replaced their oil filter cap insert and it solved a 2A87 issue. So, I checked mine. I don't HAVE an oil filter cap insert, although it's obviously supposed to have one. The part labeled as "2" in the drawing is completely missing. Some idiot must have changed the oil and tossed it with the filter. Now I just have to find one of the things... every store in the city is out of stock. I may have to order it.