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I had just put a new block in my 1997 320i E36. Everything has been put back nicely and perfect. When Itry to start it starts imediately but can not idle.It also produces this poppinp sound like it's short of petrol.But petrol reach injectors with good pressure. Help me what could be the problem for not idling?

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It could be the idle valve on the front of the engine, or you could have an air hose not correctly fitted, try removing the idle valve and give it a good clean with some brake cleaner, tap it a couple of times and then refit it, the other one is check all the hoses arround the throttle housing, and below it, it could be you have a traped hose not letting air in...theres a couple of things to try first

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