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Old 06-24-2011, 05:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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starting prob/no power

hi chaps im in need of some help with my e39 528i auto 1997.it strugles to start and once it has there is no power realy at all.it will tick over perfect i have change the air flow sensor new plugs and checked the coil packs any info would be most apprecated. i have been told it could be the egr?but im new to bmws so havent got a clue:
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Does it have an EGR? If it does then either remove it and thoroughly clean it with petrol (or Thinner) with a small brush then refit it, or, totally remove it and replace with blanking plates and then maybe get a re-map to cancel any future fault code !!
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thanks for your advice hopefully that will be the problem.i cant seem to get to the bottom of it .diagonstics didnt show anything and ive tried a few things now. could it also be the fuel fillter?also could it be my cats?thanks again

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Also look at the intake manifold and associated intake ducting to see if there are any leaks/cracks.
Will the engine rev up freely without being in gear?
Is the idle smooth after startup or does it take a while to settle?
Is there any performance variation between when the engine is hot or cold?
Can you smell any unburnt fuel in the exhaust gases?
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hi once the car has started it ticks over fine but when in drive there is no power hardly at all it seems to be worse as it gets hotter it started with just the starting prob and still had power when in drive but slowly got worse any info is greatly apreceated
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[QUOTE=hanz123;638568]hi once the car has started it ticks over fine but when in drive there is no power hardly at all it seems to be worse as it gets hotter it started with just the starting prob and still had power when in drive but slowly got worse any info is greatly apreceated [/sorry yeah it does rev up freely with out being in gear
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Sounds like air/fuel issues to me... Try running without the air filter and notice any differences !
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If you disconnect the AMS does it make any difference to the symptoms?
Check the Crank Position Sensors and do a thorough scan for vacuum leaks.
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thanks guys ive just tried that with no change.could it possably be sucking in air from the egr as when i rev the engine it sounds a bit like it could be?or if its blocked and needs cleaning?
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Take it off and give it a thorough clean, and maybe replace the small gaskets !
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thanks a lot guys its in the garage now as its been doin me head in fingers crossed.thanks again for all your info ill let you no the out come
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alright chaps had the car sorted now it was the crankshaft sensor and the o2 sensor causing the prob.thanks again for all your help.
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DOH! I just took some combination punches there mate...!!!
Was staring me in the face (Cam Sensor), root of ALL power issues.

Glad you're sorted buddy !!!
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