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Check engine light

Hi,, i have 1997 year BMW 328i Automatic, e36, American version. something is wrong with it,check engine light is on and car burns a lot of fuel, i checked it with computer and it says: solenoid valve for fuel evaporation system (running losses) what does this mean, please help me if you can

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  • jquiel Sep 05, 2008

    After one year with my BMW 328 i 1997 US Version, trying to solve an check engine error, but nothing. I have reset the error with the scanner but it comes again, same error. (Code 254: Major gas leak in the tank), but there is not leak. Some time I smell gas, and also the comsumption look high, thanks for your help.

  • KD Grayson Heating,Air conditioning & Refrigeration

    You have a bad gas cap or venting issue, it does not have to be a leak as you are imagining, a loose or missing gas cap will do the same thing.



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I had the same problem and it turned out that we had a crack in our fuel tank (or something related to the tank) which caused fumes to come out (nothing serious) but enough to have the light come on and NOT pass emmissions inspection in Atlanta GA. I love my 328i only has 110k miles and have spent over $5k in the past 12 months on this plus the entire cooling system which went out 1 component at a time. If your cooling system has not gone out....start saving!

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

  • KD Grayson Heating,Air conditioning & Refrigeration

    BMW's, Mercedes, Porsche, Audi even VW have expensive parts in comparison to a 350 Chevy or a 302 Ford etc,

  • KD Grayson Heating,Air conditioning & Refrigeration

    If you are not flush with cash or able to perform the servicing , this is not the mark for you, without a record of planned servicing performed the car's value will plummet.


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I *think* that's the solenoid on the charcoal canister which is part of the vapor return system. Do you smell fuel? Probably should get a pro to diagnose that one. However you can find the canister under the spare tire if you want to have a look for something obvious.

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