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Old 08-25-2004, 01:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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when i start my car, the rpm's will go really low and most of the time stall, but if the car doesnt stall, the rpm's stay at about 250 or 300. i really need to get this fixed. could it be the fuel filter?
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Probably not...I don't remember what the peice is called, but there is an electrical part that tells your motor to keep the rpm's above a certain level, around 600 on most e36's, and it sounds like that is malfunctioning. I had the same problem on my 300zx...I just can't remember what the part is called...
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timing? distributer off line? need new one? ..... just a couple guesses
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Old 08-25-2004, 06:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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IAC - idle air controller
AFM - air flow metre

Also ensure high grade fuel is used.
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yeah when the plug on the back of your intake system is off itll start and then die right away, atleast on the m42 engine not sure about the others i think its like a temp sens or something

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