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Old 03-16-2009, 07:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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RE: Tune Up

Hey fellow bimmer drivers. I am writing today because i am looking to do a tune up on my 1992 325is bmw it has 123,000 miles on it. i was looking for the ignition wires at auto zone but the guy there told me that my car does not have wires that it just has coils. I am a lil confused so please can some one make this clear to me on what i do need for this tune up because i thought i need ignition wires and not just coils. If there are any suggestions on what i should change with this tune up let me know. You guys are the best
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Tiffa,

BMW adopted a new design for sparking early on.

Instead of using a distributor and a single coil to spark each plug, they developed a system to place a coil above each plug. The computer then triggers each coil pack when needed to create the spark.

This helps in two ways... The first is there are less moving parts and things to adjust (distributor, rotor arms, hall effect sensors). The second aspect means the computer can control precisely the timing and create greater sparks by having less distance between the coil and the plug.

You may benefit by replacing the coil packs as yours would be rather old. If its not misfiring.. i wouldn't bother! They are rather costly.

Before replacing the coil packs, i'd check for oil in the wells as the gaskets can fail and leak into there causing misfires.. plus smell and smoke.

A general tune up consists of the following: oil, oil filter, air filter, plugs. Past that you go to coolant, transmissions oils, brakes and fluids. Do these and it should be pretty cool

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If you do need new coils, you can buy them from any of several different sites:

- autohausaz.com
- bavauto.com
- pelicanparts.com

and some others.
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I'd only add one thing to Basrites list, fuel filter.
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Thanks for all the information guys, you guys have been realling informative and i will be doing the tune up over the weekend.
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Fuel filter is a pain to do on earlier model e36's.
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Fuel filter is a pain to do on earlier model e36's.
I will vouch for that.....I just tried to change mine at the house on my '93 and it was a pain in the A*#. I found a shop that let me use thier lift and it took 15 minutes that way.

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