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Re: ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON
These parts houses will run a scan on your truck for free now a days. It could be something simple or complicated, you need a scan to tell what codes show up. This will at least give you some direction toward the problem.
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I experienced a similar problem on a customers 98 S-10. After much research and probing of electrical wiring, it was a faulty ignition switch. This may not be your problem but it might also? Read on it and test it by hooking a test light to the output side after the switch and if the light dies out when it dies, there is your problem. Here is a tip. Put a fuel pressure gage on the vehicle, route it up under the windshield wiper so you can see it, next hook up a timing light to any ignition wire, run the cords so you can have the light in the vehicle (so you can see it flashing not to set timing) drive the truck and as it dies what quits? Fuel pressure or ignition? At least you know what direction to look further into.
chances are the bottom hose has "blown"its NOTadvisable to drive it ANY distance but get a local mech to fix it asap.fill it up before you drive and if red light appears STOP and refil with water (blue light only comes on when COLD).
As long as it does'nt stay on it's doing what it's suposed to be doing which is saving you from going out of control. It'll come on more often if you drive like hell, run with low tracktion tires or worn out ones and if the air pressure is low. If your tires have over 80,000 miles on them even if the tread is still good their bad tires as their skating along and the trackstion system is working hard to keep the car under control. If the tires aren't al the same size it'll do it to. ( fronts worn out backs still with tread.) Mis matched tires too. Ifthe light stays on other light's are bound to be coming on too the ABS light the brake light, and even the engine light as their all involved in traction control.
Welcome to the world of BMW's. return the car to the seller. you got a bad one. You got an electrical short draining the battery. Bring a blank check and sign it over to the dealer. They're going to have to run through the entire electrical system to find the short. That work alone is worth more than the a used up 2001 325i.
You need to take your truck to a shop and have it checked. The service light can mean anything from a simple bad connection to any part or combination of parts involving computer, engine controls and or emmission controls. Unless you are very knowledgable in these areas go to a repair shop mistakes in repairing these items can cause damage and or be very expensive.
Sounds like the battery may be bad. You could remove it and take it to a mechanic or parts store and have them test it for you. Mechanic might charge you 15bucks or so. Most parts stores will test it for free and gladly sell you a new one.
Its the Battery. These cars Batteries sit at the Factory for who knows how long before Installation. Have even seen Dealers with quick Chargers on the Semi-Truck Transports charging Batteries so they could Unload!
thermostat my be stuck closed. check radiator for gunk and junk, check oil if it looks milky then its your head gasket. to reset the check engine light disconnect the neg battery terminal for 30 seconds
i just bought an 88 that crazy overheated could only drive for 30 mins before had to stop. no leaks anywhere, did a compression check on the cylinders,checked out. no water in oil. took the radiator to a shop theyll do a flow test for free, got mine fixed for like 80 bux but you can buy a new one for 120. the white smoke might be your fuel filter