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Check engine light has been on since i bought the car last april. It has 172k mi, and i had some other minor repairs done, including a new water pump. Had an oil change two weeks ago and when we checked oil level today it was low, but no visible leak was seen. Never had a leak before. Also should mentiom that the car was stuck in the snow for three days and it took 4 guys to push it out. Not sure that had anything to do with it, but i know little about cars.
What are the codes ? you can take it to any parts store and have it scanned for free
Posted on Jan 03, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: check engine light came on
it all depends on why the light came on.....could be as simple as running out of gas ...............lol. when the light comes on it is because the computer is recieving an error sygnal from any one of as much as hundreds of sensors. the only way to know is to read what the computer is indicating is out of it's parameters. there are error code readers, and autozone i believe will read the code for free. once the error code is detected you can take it from there as to how to proceed. non of the items you indicated in your question are serious or difficult to repair.
Posted on Oct 07, 2008
SOURCE: High oil Consumption, BMW M5
Look for Castrol TWS 10W60 Motor Oil. This car should not burn so much oil, you need to use a different kind. It is recommended by BMW as well. I also heard the VANOS isnt an issue anymore, can be fixed with a different MAFF. Good luck!
Posted on Jan 18, 2009
SOURCE: Burning oil, but dont know why
Nowdays 1 Qt. in 3000 miles, really isn't that bad, even some new vehicles claim that's normal. I know with my current vehicles, both at approx. 150,000-160,000 miles, they won't use any for first while after an oil change, but then after mileage starts adding up again, they start to use a little, approx.I Qt, every 1000 miles or so, until it's changed again. I've switched to the high mileage oil, just for piece of mind, as they say it revives seals, and has added protection for the higher mileage engines.This time around I'm thinking of adding "Lucas" & see how it works, as I've heard some pretty good reports on it, just to see if it will prolong that oil breakdown, at mid change.
Posted on Feb 06, 2009
I belive they didn't reset the oil light timer. I belive the sequence is 1. key on (not acc with engine off)
2. step on the brake pedal 5 times within 10 seconds. 3. key off. 4. start car. 5. check if the light went out. you may have to try it a few times to get it.
Posted on Jun 25, 2009
On my wife's car the mechanic said it was gas cap. (NOT!!) I cleared with an OBD reader and the code suggested a leak in the evatorator system. I found a steel tube that was routed over the weld flange of the gas tank. It went from the front of the car, down the drivers side, over the weld joing of the gas tank and into a charcoal evaporator filter on the passengers side near the rear wheel. The tube crossing over the gas tank crumbled when I touched it. I replaced it with a short piece of reinforced neoprene hose (to cross over the gas tank) and a couple of hose clamps. Cost of parts was about $5.00. Havn't seen Check Engine since. Good luck
Posted on Aug 23, 2009
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