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Old 05-14-2004, 10:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My 94 325i has a stalling problem that no one knows how to fix. No codes are being set. Will stall without warning, usually making a left turn or going up hills to the left. Dealer said needs new tranny - but I think it is fuel or electrical. Anyone come across this problem? HELP!
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Old 05-14-2004, 11:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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fuel pump? Injectors may be? an easy start would be to change sparks and get a new fuel filter. Then go from there. If car runs in straight accordingly, then the tranny is fine.
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Had the injectors cleaned and a relay replaced - also a sensor replaced. Dealer said it was fixed, then as I drove last week it stalled again. Came to a light, made a left turn - it died. No warning, no hesitation - just stalled! I'm at my wits end! Been back to the dealer 3 or 4 times now.
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I just bought my 1994 325i from a private party and they had a similar problem. What they found was that the gas cap wasn't closed tightly and some water got in the gas tank when washing the car with a pressure washer causing it to stall as well. Just another thought...
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Thanks for the reply's. I'll try anything at this point. One other thing that was done was the idler control valve was cleaned out...but to no avail...still stalls!
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Just try this: http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticl...ode_Reading.htm

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does it sputter and stall or does it stall as if you just dropped the clutch in 5th gear at idle (BAM dead stall!)
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Its an automatic - but it just stalls - no warning, just BAM - dead. It will restart, but once you hit the gas, it dies again.
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It may be airflow sensor problem.
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ICV.. clean it or replace it.. same shit was happening to me and someone posted a FAQ on how to clean it.. did it and it hasn't happened since..
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It could be the mass airflow sensor, but the computer would be reading a code for that failure. It the computer's not reading any faults, it's most likely a loose or cracked vacuum hose. My airflow hose was just barely off the rim of the airflow sensor, and whenever I started the car, it would die. If the computer's not reading any faults though, it's probably not a failure of anything. Check your fuel injectors for leaks, and check all of your vacuum hoses.
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A newbie here...but i got worse than that...95% its electrical...check the transmission/engine mounts if they're too loose...my car will stall if you step on the breaks or slows down to make a turn or even on a stop light...its kinda scary coz what if a 20-footer is behind you and the engine just died... ghead

...other place to check are the sensors...t-stat, engine speed and grounds...

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