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Old 04-12-2007, 10:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Idle Issues

Sorry but no,I am new the site and have a problem with my 98 M3.

Car is well maintained and has only done 70,000 klms.

First she has a problem with the idle . Drops down fast when you go to stop.Idles down to 500 rpm then goes up again. First time it happened it stalled then wouldn't start at all for a while. Has stopped again altogether again but did restart then. Any clues ?

Next thing,I need to replace the acc drive belt ,how do I un clip the radiator ?

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Old 04-12-2007, 11:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Your idle problem is related to your ICV, or Idle Control Valve. Try and do a search through these forums for an actual DIY.

The clips on the radiator are a bit tricky. I haven;t done it in a few months and it's really not in my memory. Every time I do it I basically just shimmy around and figure out the clips. It takes about 5 minutes but you will get it. Some sort of downward action angled towards the front of the car if I recall. Just give it a go. Large flathead recommended.


edit: luckily someone bumped the topic for you

http://www.bimmerwerkz.com/forum/3-s...ing-48667.html
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Old 04-12-2007, 12:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That was my DIY... But I still notice the idle issues, even after performing the Idle Control Valve cleaning.
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Interesting. Possibly new ICV is in need?
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changed the title cuz lots of people use this section at work

also, if u see little change after cleaning the ICV, get a new one

if u see no change, its something else....
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def sounds like ICV, but if you change it w/ no resolve, i might see if you can code the ECU and get a cam sensor error. Of course, if that was the case, the car would periodically idle/run rough too.
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