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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 03-10-2006, 03:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, NOW what?? Need help asap!

Driving along last night, it sounded as if my car was idling higher than normal. I pull in to collect some petrol, and lo and behold, she wont start. Eventually get it bump started, and then drive some more. I can start it now, but the idle is at 2000rpm. What can I check? 325i 1989 btw.
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Idle Control Valve. unplug it, clean it with some carb cleaner or WD 40, reinstall, enjoy your normal idle.
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where do I find that??
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where do I find that??
Isn't there a small pipe branching off the air intake before the throttle butterfly? That would lead you straight to the ICV which in turn is connected to the intake manifold.
Not being able to start a car can have like a zillion reasons. electrical and mechanical. Need more info.
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His is the later model, it's just to the left of the throtle body. It fits into the intake boot then goes into 3-4 inch tube that runs into the throtle body.
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Thanks Guys, found it, got it sorted. I wish I could get a Haynes or something out here.
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