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  1. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    e46 330i had it for 12+ years and I can't remember ever changing the spark plugs. I only do about 6000 per annum. It's just done 144,000 miles and runs perfectly, no issues, starts easy, good fuel consumption. So do I change the plugs or leave them alone on the basis that modern plugs just run...
  2. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi Can anyone tell me the part numbers for the glow plugs and the glow plug controller on my 2010 325d N57 please, im struggling to find a definitive answer online. Cheers
  3. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    It's more of a generic question than E46-specific Since I'm now on 1lt oil every 400 miles I checked the plugs and they are all like this one: If the oil was seeping through valve seals or piston rings, shouldn't the plugs be oily?
  4. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi, I just did one of those "while you're in there" moments and thought that it might be useful to report back. Most of the information comes from here, but not all together, so it may help others to see what worked and what to avoid. Car is a 2009 320D with N47 engine. N° 1 on the things to...
  5. BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    When the weather is quite cold the engine doesn't start properly - I've uploaded it onto YouTube and would be grateful if anyone could help? If it is glow plugs is that something easily fixed (i.e. could I, a woman with pretty much zero mechanical expertise do it?) Video...
  6. General BMW Discussions
    What do you reckon on cause?? Cars not been started for 8 months until yesterday. Took plugs out after it had been running for around 20 mins. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    The glow plug control unit and glow plugs are throwing up a fault on me 2008 Diesel E90. I rang an indy garage and they advised they don't need changed as they're never used, hence the fault code. They're only used in temperatures of -16C. Is this true? Can I get away with not changing them?
  8. BMW Garages and Parts Retailers
    I have a BMW 318i 1995cc 2001. Apparently there are different spark plugs for my model. Is there a way to tell what is right for my engine without taking out the old spark plugs as they might not be the correct ones in there if at the last service the garage did not do the job.
  9. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Who sells the cheapest Bosch glow plugs and controllers these days? Has anyone used the BERU controller here. Any problems or do they work OK? (BMW mentin BERU in their parts list so I assume they are OEM fit). I've got 4A74 & 4A79 error codes. Anyone familiar with these?
  10. Rybrook Warwick BMW
    Hi I am looking to get all glow plugs for 530D 2006 SE drivers side, car reg is: S15 HMD orignal plate is VN56 NTU, can you help? Thanks S
  11. General BMW Discussions
    Hi apologizes if this is the wrong place to post . I have a BMW e93 325 2007 . Was running fine then one day after work engine light come on . And was running on 5 cylinders . I had a mercanic check it over . He changed coil pack . Drive it the next day drove fine for a 50ile trip didn't turn it...
  12. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hey guys, potentially stupid question but are these the right NGK spark plugs for my n53 in the e93...
  13. Technical Guides for the E36, E30 and E21
    Hello all, I have just purchased a 320i cabriolet from a sole trader dealer and within hours it started what I have seen described as doing the Lambada, so much so that my 4 cyl. just stopped. The first thing I read about on the forum was to investigate the coils. I don’t have any testing...
  14. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi all, If anyone could suggest where to start with the following, any help would be much appreciated! I ran Carly and got the following faults, even after clearing! Tried running a DPF regen tonight and felt like it was working, but nothing changed in the readings/fault codes. Assume it...
  15. BMW 1 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 1 Series
    Hi, Have recently changed the glow plugs on my E87 and though the car now starts and throws out a lot less white smoke than before the change I have noticed that I no longer get the usual glow plug lamp coming on the dash when starting the car. Also when it has been put on diagnostics all four...
  16. BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    Forgive me if this is a stupid question, it’s highly likely to be, but this is the first petrol engined car I’ve owned in about 20 years. My last was a 1989 1.8 Ford Sierra Sapphire so things have moved on a pace since. Are coil packs a service item? If I’m changing my plugs do I need to...
  17. BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    I'd like to share a unique story with you. Unique because I've not read or heard anywhere about this before. I tried to replace four glow plugs on an LCI 520d with an N47 engine. There are a lot of DIY guides around; some say you have to remove the manifold and some illustrate (videos) that you...
  18. General BMW Discussions
    Hi all car has been failing to start in the cold is fine when warmed up, thought must be glow plugs as glow plug light was coming up as well when trying to start, but going out as well. I have changed them to bosch ones today thinking problem solved but no it hasnt glow plug light is still...
  19. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Due to some error codes, I'm thinking of getting 6 new glow plugs and a glow plug controller for my 2010 E90 325d. It has the N57 engine so I believe this would be a good time to blank off the swirl flaps too. Is there anything else I should be considering at the same time? EGR clean seems...
  20. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Morning all. Likely going to need a reader to check for any codes but yesterday after the car sitting since Friday I got a misfire and blue smoke puff out on start up. After 3 seconds the car started and this morning when I came to start it was fine. I changed the plugs and relay about 18...
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