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      05-20-2019 09:12 PM #401
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      05-20-2019 09:22 PM #402
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      You think I'm going to take Spanish lessons in Arkansas?

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      05-20-2019 09:25 PM #403
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      05-20-2019 09:28 PM #404
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      Of course not. You have to take English so you can communicate with the rest of the country.
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      05-20-2019 09:32 PM #405
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      05-20-2019 09:33 PM #406
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      05-20-2019 09:49 PM #407
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      06-04-2019 12:47 PM #408
      I've got an odd thing that's bothering me.

      The car runs pretty rough for a few seconds when you start it cold. It started over the winter when it was below 40* every day, and then slowed way down once it warmed up. But now it's doing it even when it's 70* in the morning.

      No lights or codes. You start the car, it fires right off, then lugs down real low like it's going to die, coughs a few times, then shoots the RPM's back up to 1k or so and idles perfect.

      Any ideas?
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      06-04-2019 12:49 PM #409
      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      I've got an odd thing that's bothering me.

      The car runs pretty rough for a few seconds when you start it cold. It started over the winter when it was below 40* every day, and then slowed way down once it warmed up. But now it's doing it even when it's 70* in the morning.

      No lights or codes. You start the car, it fires right off, then lugs down real low like it's going to die, coughs a few times, then shoots the RPM's back up to 1k or so and idles perfect.

      Any ideas?

      Cold rough starts are most likely the secondary air injector valve. Mine was shot
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      06-04-2019 12:49 PM #410
      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      I've got an odd thing that's bothering me.

      The car runs pretty rough for a few seconds when you start it cold. It started over the winter when it was below 40* every day, and then slowed way down once it warmed up. But now it's doing it even when it's 70* in the morning.

      No lights or codes. You start the car, it fires right off, then lugs down real low like it's going to die, coughs a few times, then shoots the RPM's back up to 1k or so and idles perfect.

      Any ideas?
      Could be something simple like a dirty throttle body.
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      06-04-2019 12:54 PM #411
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDarkEnergist View Post
      Cold rough starts are most likely the secondary air injector valve. Mine was shot
      This is the first thing that came to mind as well.

      Though it should toss a code if the valve is stuck open or closed.
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      06-04-2019 12:59 PM #412
      Quote Originally Posted by Surf Green View Post
      This is the first thing that came to mind as well.

      Though it should toss a code if the valve is stuck open or closed.

      Very true, but after a few years of owning this car, I've decided that its decided it'll do what it wants when it wants. Sometimes it'll be broken, and then randomly it'll fix itself. German cars out of warranty. *shrug*
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      06-04-2019 01:01 PM #413
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDarkEnergist View Post
      Very true, but after a few years of owning this car, I've decided that its decided it'll do what it wants when it wants. Sometimes it'll be broken, and then randomly it'll fix itself. German cars out of warranty. *shrug*
      Looks like that valve can be cleaned. I might give that a shot.
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      06-04-2019 01:03 PM #414
      It's E46's way of telling you that you should have bought that Chevy.

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      06-04-2019 01:05 PM #415
      Quote Originally Posted by bzcat View Post
      It's E46's way of telling you that you should have bought that Chevy.
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      06-04-2019 04:52 PM #416
      Ordered some plugs and coils from FCP. I figured I might as well buy from them, so that if the coils go bad I can just keep exchanging them for the rest of my ownership.

      I took a good look at my secondary air check valve. I guess there are two variants to the valve, one with a vacuum line and one without.

      This is what nearly all of them look like that I've seen online, with vacuum port.



      While this is what mine looks like



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      06-10-2019 01:06 PM #417
      Took my SAI check valve off last night, the thing looked brand new. Cleaned it anyways, didn't fix anything.

      Plugs and coils arrive today, I'm hoping it's a misfire in a plug.
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      06-10-2019 01:40 PM #418
      For what its worth, the M54 in my X3 used to to do that too, I was never able to fix the problem and it never threw a code. It always started, but every now and then I'd have a long crank, followed by a bog, then a surge, then it would idle just fine.

      The list of items I thought it could be were:

      -The idle control valve. Most modern engines do idle control by cracking the throttle plate, but on the M54, there's a specific valve that controls the idle. Check out this breakdown here:

      https://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1043323

      It appears that a faulty/sticking ICV could cause a rough starting condition.

      -The PCV system. Basically a pressurized crankcase could make it hard to turn the engine over? This would make sense, I had an oil pan gasket leak too, so there was pressure somewhere. The PCV system is a mother****er to mess with on the M54 though and I didn't want to deal with it.

      -Bad fuel pump maybe? It had plenty of power up top, so that wasn't likely.

      -Leaking injector? I figured that maybe it was flooding one of the cylinders and burning it off at startup?

      Anyways, I didn't really like the X3 enough to try to troubleshoot the issue and the giant oil pan gasket leak pissed me off too. I'd be curious if you find a solution though.

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      06-10-2019 01:52 PM #419
      Most cars of that vintage use an idle air control valve. The symptoms sound like a fluctuating IAC but it could be a response to something causing a small vacuum leak in the system. As mentioned before, the PCV system is a bit fragile from the factory. How do all the hoses/connections look? Any symptoms of leaking oil or blow by at any of the junctions?
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      06-10-2019 02:12 PM #420
      Quote Originally Posted by Stevo12 View Post
      Most cars of that vintage use an idle air control valve. The symptoms sound like a fluctuating IAC but it could be a response to something causing a small vacuum leak in the system. As mentioned before, the PCV system is a bit fragile from the factory. How do all the hoses/connections look? Any symptoms of leaking oil or blow by at any of the junctions?
      PCV looks great, vacuum leak is one of the first things I looked into. The engine bay is clean as can be. I may take the ICV off and clean it this weekend.

      Here are a couple photos of the check valve.

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      06-10-2019 02:40 PM #421
      The PCV system also reportedly gets gunked up, which is hard to see from the outside. In BMW world they call it CCV, try googling that.

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      06-10-2019 03:19 PM #422
      Quote Originally Posted by mrothwell View Post
      The PCV system also reportedly gets gunked up, which is hard to see from the outside. In BMW world they call it CCV, try googling that.
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      06-10-2019 06:10 PM #423
      Could the DISA valve cause these symptoms? I replaced mine as precaution and have that as a spare.

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      06-12-2019 09:22 AM #424
      Quote Originally Posted by gonzo08452 View Post
      Could the DISA valve cause these symptoms? I replaced mine as precaution and have that as a spare.
      I know I could google this, but what is it exactly that the DISA valve does?
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      06-12-2019 09:43 AM #425
      Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Pics View Post
      I know I could google this, but what is it exactly that the DISA valve does?
      It changes intake runner length. Basically there's a long path and a short path in the intake manifold, the disa valve switches between them. The long path is for (I think) low rpm, and the short path is for high. I don't think it's likely that a disa valve would cause a starting issue, but I guess its possible.

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