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Old 01-08-2008, 12:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need help with an E36, acceleration.

I own a 1998 328i.
About 2 weeks ago I filled up with gas, well not fill up but about 1/2 a tank. I was running very low so stopped at a place close that I don't normally go to. Minutes after I was driving and the acceleration was very poor. It was almost as if it was chugging along. After about 20 minutes the check engine light came on.
I read a couple of post and then replaced the fuel filter and added some addative to the gas then filled up with premium at a station that I visit regularly (never had problems with gas there). It seemed to get better only did it occasionally. Other times it ran as normal. After about 1-2 days the check engine light went off.
So I figured that it was a bad tank of gas. Well I ran out the tank and got another 1/2 tank (same good place) and it seems to have come back. Now it does it all the time and the engine light came back.

It doesn't seem to idle roughly, the rpms stay steady. More than anything it is the acceleration. It seems to chug along and is very rough. Mileage does not seem to be affected. More than anything it seems like the exhaust, like something is plugging it up.

I also read a few posts about the O2 sensor but I am not sure that is the problem.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!
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Old 01-08-2008, 12:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you could try cleaning your injectors
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see if you cant get your codes read... autozone does it for free but let us know... it might not be your fuel at all...
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could be your icv could be dirty and sticking
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... You said that you ran it low on gas.... i think you have junk on the bottom on the tank and you are clugging the sock on the bottom of the fuel pump....
I think you should drain the fuel tank to clean the junk on the bottom.....
and i dont think it is the icv....
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icv? what is that?

I will check ?AutoZone this weekend, thanks.

AlpineSixAndSeven I regularly run it low. I have never had a problem before.
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no. it has happened with 2 different tanks of gas
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im also havin the same problem...only i jus bought my car today...and the differance on mine is that my rev limiter comes on as early as 4800rpm
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I had that same problem and I was told to change the fuel cap. I did and it solved the problem for me.
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I had that same problem and I was told to change the fuel cap. I did and it solved the problem for me.
Although a bit silly, I was going to recommend you check to make sure your fuel cap is tight, secure, adn sealing properly. My second recommendation is to go to Autozone as well adn get your codes checked to find your problem. Your vehicle is OBD - II equipped so it's easy to get the codes out.
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