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      09-12-2012, 07:12 AM   #1
Mart1000
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Drives: Leon FR Supercopa
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Intermittent loss of power?

Well for the first time I've had a problem with the car (bear with me)...

Last week whilst on the way down the M11 late at night, the car lost a lot of power. No smoke, no chugging or misfire. Just power loss. Engine sounded fine and kicked down normal but I couldnt get it much above 80 (on a private stretch of course lol). I pulled over, stopped the engine. Started straight up and power was restored. No EML shown or fault on I drive. It also did it the following night.

Yesterday morning I was again on M11 (it's only ever done this on straight runs) it happened again. Switched off and on, power restored. Rejoined motorway, and loss of power again, so I limped her to work.

I then got home and looked through my service history to see when it last had fuel/air filter change. Now this is weird, my car has a full BMW history, and has NEVER had the air filter changed going by service book. Fuel filter was done 50k ago, so I booked a diagnostic and filter change this morning.

The head tech showed me the air filter and it was shocking! Totally full of shit (never realised they were so big on these too!). He said he had to Hoover out the air box too.

These are the codes that were read: (sorry if this is going on a bit)

4212, 4222, 4232, 4242, 4252, 4262. These codes are for individual glow plugs. Tech explained that this is actually common on these cars and no concern.

The other code was 3F25 which is charge-air tube monitoring. He said this is normally an obstruction or split in the intercooler pipe. He's checked and they are fine. I asked if the air filter could cause a drop in pressure due to airflow bieng reduced, and he said its possible.

I also enquirer about gearbox update, which I will be having soon as it won't wipe my map. Talking of maps, the week before this started the car was remapped. I don't think this is a coincidence, my way of thinking is that the increased pressure and needs of airflow is beyond the capacity of the blocked filter, and the car just goes into limp.

Sorry about the long post, anyone else had this?