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BMW E21 3 Series 1975-1983 (320i/s, 323i) E21 carburetor 315 engine stalling, rough idle


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Yvan

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E21 carburetor 315 engine stalling, rough idle
Posted: Dec 13, 2005 2:03 PM
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I have low mileage (45000km) e21 315 carburetor (Pierburg 1B) engine in my 1987 e30 BMW. My problem:

I start my engine. Cold or warm - no problem, starts OK. Rpm goes up to ~1500 and all is well. Then, as engine warms up, and needle on temperature gage goes just outside blue part, when I stop at traffic light - it stalls.

When the engine warms up more, it does not stall anymore. But idle is rough (I could not feel it running before this problem, now I can feel vibrations on my steering wheel).

I read somewhere that the way to check vacuum advance on distributor you rev engine to ~2500 rpm with vacuum hose disconnected, then connect it, and you should notice a difference. I can not notice anything. How big difference should it be?

Also I noticed temperature switch (next to temperature sender for temp gage that I ordered to replace (needle on temp gage jerks left and right sometimes). This switch seems to be open until 35 deg Celsius, then close (did not check, but I will). What is it's function (I do not have fuel injection, only carburetor).
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Re: E21 carburetor 315 engine stalling, rough idle
Posted: Nov 21, 2010 1:20 PM   in response to: Yvan in response to: Yvan
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I had the samne problem with my1983 320i. Found it to be two things. One was these $3 wire seperators the prvious onwer installed on the spark plug wires. and two a possible faulty spark plug wire (NOT Bosch) on my number one cylindar. Removing the performance wire seperators resolved the rough idle when engaging gear at start-up and replacing the spark plug wire resolved the stalling.

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