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Air flow meter

The car jerks when cold and fuel consumption has increased. When I changed plugs recently the terminals were black. I was told that the problem could be with the air flow meter. Can the air flow meter be fixed or does it need a replacement?

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Unlike GM vehicles, I believe that your mass air flow sensor is pretty much sealed. Have it tested before you spend $ on it as there are other components that can give similar symptoms. A system code test will put you in the right direction...Many larger parts stores do testing free and vehicle specific manuals generally give a fairly good list of codes translation.

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    frankling obrian Dec 13, 2013

    my bmw 316i 2002 is having a hard start in the morning nd after some time it will start jerking while am driving even after changing the airflow

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    How to change air flow sensor pipe and meter boot 87 stanza xe or maybe a product that can clean it



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Air flow meters are expensive i would first replace the coolant temperature sensor

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