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Old 03-21-2004, 10:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, I just bought a 97 328si and I am just learning about the car I have a code reader that came with the car, but no book. I am getting the codes f5, and f6. could someone tell me what they mean. and if you you could tell me were i could get a code book too .
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what kinda code reader is it?

check with the site that owns the code reader and see if they have a list. also see if you can order the book that has the codes..

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Old 03-22-2004, 07:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It is the Peake fcx/r5 and when I sent them an email they did not send me one back.
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Can you use this reader for every e36? What you can read out??
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the reader should work with OBDI, but you can use the pedal method to retrieve the same info without the tool. It is required for OBDII.
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to answer the original question:

Code F5: Secondary air system flow too low, Cyl #1-3

Code F6: Secondary air system flow too low, Cyl #4-6
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what can be done for the secondary air system flow to low to be fixed? is it a filter?
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the reader should work with OBDI, but you can use the pedal method to retrieve the same info without the tool. It is required for OBDII.
Do I have OBDI in my car (11-1991 e36 325i)?? And what is the pedal method?? I'm thinking about buying an engine scan (see http://www.peakeresearch.com/products.htm), but what's exactly the difference between both? Can you read out the engine too with the R5/SRS??

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Originally posted by 1st Beemer+Mar 22 2004, 05:28 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (1st Beemer @ Mar 22 2004, 05:28 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>what can be done for the secondary air system flow to low to be fixed? is it a filter?[/b]

i would believe the filter is part of the primary, not secondary. i'd have to check bentley when i get home for further insights.



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the reader should work with OBDI, but you can use the pedal method to retrieve the same info without the tool. It is required for OBDII.

Do I have OBDI in my car (11-1991 e36 325i)?? And what is the pedal method?? I'm thinking about buying an engine scan (see http://www.peakeresearch.com/products.htm), but what's exactly the difference between both? Can you read out the engine too with the R5/SRS??
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yes you have obd I.

pedal method:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticl...ode_Reading.htm

R5/SRS will NOT read engine codes, only SRS codes. you do not need a code reader/reset tool for OBD I if you use the pedal method.
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Thanks DesmoBob, this saves me a lot !!
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I would like to thank you for looking up what this secondary low flow is, I have never heard of this before
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