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Old September 8th 17, 06:18 PM posted to alt.autos.bmw
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new to BMW 323i, and first time joining group.
had service engine soon light, come on and car was running not well at idle..
went to autozone and borrowed code reader, error was #3 cylinder missing, changed plugs, seems to be running much better but light is still on, on other cars I have had the service engine soon light could be cleared but I have not read anything about that in owners manual.
does light reset automatically (maybe after some # of starts) ?
does anybody have a e-copy of service manual?
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Old September 8th 17, 10:26 PM posted to alt.autos.bmw
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> wrote:
>new to BMW 323i, and first time joining group.


What year, what engine, what configuration?

>had service engine soon light, come on and car was running not well at idle=
>.
>went to autozone and borrowed code reader, error was #3 cylinder missing, c=
>hanged plugs, seems to be running much better but light is still on, on oth=
>er cars I have had the service engine soon light could be cleared but I hav=
>e not read anything about that in owners manual.


That would likely be a thing you'd do with the service tool, if this is an
OBD-II car. On the other hand, it might still be pitching new errors.
If this is a model with a distributor, check the cap and rotor and. If it's
a model with individual coils, check with a timing light. Then use the service
tool (the autozone code reader _might_ work but might not, depends on the
model of reader and year of the car).

>does light reset automatically (maybe after some # of starts) ?
>does anybody have a e-copy of service manual?


You can get the service manual for a pretty reasonable fee on CD-ROM if it's
one of the years that are available from the dealer on CD-ROM. If it's older
than the CD-ROM sets, paper copies are plentiful. All depends on the year.
--scott

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