Question about BMW 318
Posted by Anonymous on
I concur with Steve. If you haven't changed the oil at least twice a year; do it straight away. Start your car and see if White Smoke comes out of the exhaust. If it does, you've cooked the head gasket and water is getting inside the cylinders. It's big bucks to repair. If the exhaust appears normal, then you are out of the woods and probably have a bad O2 sensor, or deteriorated catalytic converter. Using a light weight ball peen hammer to tap gently on it and listen for rattling. I said light tapping on the underside, not hammering as one would use for nails. The ceramic plates coated with platinum will break over time and cause restrictions in exhaust air flow... we call this "increased backpressure." This causes your engine difficultly in operating. (Like trying to inhale when you can't exhale.) Let us know what you find!
Posted on Apr 09, 2015
That's not good, cream coloured oily muck on the oil filler cap usually means water is in the oil. This would indicate either a blown head gasket or cracked head. Somewhere water is getting into the engine. I would get it looked at ASAP as major engine damage can occur if you havent already done so.
Posted on Apr 09, 2015
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The Exhaust Emission Light can come on if the car is driven slowly over short distances.It will not happen on cars driven at speed. A short trip of ten miles at over 3000 revs should reset the warning light,although it may not go out for a couple of days after you have tried it . Hope this helps and saves a bill at the local dealer. JK
Posted on Jun 17, 2009
HAVE IT TESTED FOR TROUBLE CODES THAT IS THE KEY TO FIND THE PROBLEM.
Posted on Sep 05, 2009
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it isnt anything to be to worried about. it just means your not maintaining your car as much as you should be so its polluting more then it should be. Keep in mind that when you get the letter from your state to check your cars emission to see if it passes your states minimum requirements it will most likely fail and you will need to do everything to make it pass.
Examples: go to your focal shop most likely a jiffy lube does it the cheapest and best, ask for the fuel-injector cleaning. Its pricey but it will definitely help
Use better gas for a few weeks to clean out the engine. Such as BP or Shell
Change the Oil with more frequency so your car doesn't have to reuse old oil to run every 3,000-5,000 miles
change the transmission oil as well. This is also pricey but it doesnt have to be done as often as you think. Every 50,000-60,000 miles
Posted on May 02, 2011
SOURCE: My Mini Cooper's engine light
You need to bring this to a pro, and make sure it's someone very familiar with Minis. possibly a bad converter, but could be a sensor or injection problem that is sending too much fuel down the line, making your post cat o2 sensor see trouble. Get after it quickly, and maybe you can save your quite expensive catalytis converter.
Posted on Sep 24, 2011
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