Monday 31 May 2021

E30 318i M40: Misfire and self-revving - symptoms of major induction air-leak

This video shows the symptoms of an air-leak in the induction system, where unmetered are drawn in after the throttle-body causes a terribly poor idle, a permanent misfire and the engine to rev itself gently. The tendency is to look at the ICV (idle control-valve), ignition coil, AFM (air-flow meter) etc., but chances are it will be an air-leak on the induction. In this case it turned out to be a damaged and disintegrated gasket where the lower inlet-manifold mates to the cylinder-head. 

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