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Old 08-13-2004, 06:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I notice when sitting at a stoplight or stop sign, the car will just rev by itself. Not like high, but under 1000 it just goes up and down. Sometimes it will stop, but most of the time it will do it. Is this normal, or is this something that needs to be fixed?
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Old 08-13-2004, 07:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've had mine do that... replaced the ICV and it hasnt done it since...
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Old 08-13-2004, 08:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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replaced my CMP sensor (camshaft position sensor) and it has smooth out my idle...it used to bounce for a few seconds at lights...it's a real easy fix, but your service light should come on if its the CMP
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Old 08-13-2004, 11:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So I guess its the ICV, whatever that is.
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When the idle moves up/down when you are at the lights, this is actually called 'hunting'.. This could be happening due to numerous reasons, the manual idle adjuster may be out of placement, an exhaust leak etc.

Take the car to your service dealer.
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if i were u i would replace my wires and plugs first thing.. right everyone? lol
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if i were u i would replace my wires and plugs first thing.. right everyone? lol
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My car does it too, only when it's colder out.
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Mine only does it if I turn the air on and only at idle.
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I will just ignore it. Doesn't really bother me that much, just wondering what it was. Thanks.
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yip its the air con!, thats if the cheack light doesn't come up for any other?

most cars do it,( imean not just BMW's) you may have to re-gas your air con,

easy fix no biggy, "that is if its the air con which I am 99.9% sure it is."
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