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      07-18-2014, 06:58 PM   #1
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Question Can I use a coding cable to diagnose car issues?

Hello everyone,

I've been having problems with my E90, so much so that i've garaged it for a few months because things have been rough for me as of late.

Anyway, my car hit 100k miles and is throwing up a Check Engine Light. The car vibrates very rough and the RPMs keep tumbling. The car works but it feels lower on power but I can't say for sure.

I'm led to believe from preliminary research is that its due to the MAF or some kind of vacuum hose broken.

However, before I know for certain, I need to diagnose the car myself and I was wondering if I could use a coding cable to diagnose the car, or do I need to acquire those special cables used to look up error codes?

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Inpa is a diagnostic program.
It will also run ISTAp in most cases.(the cable)
or the old program DIS57.
You probably have bad coils and almost any simple scanner
will detect that. The BMW specific ones like those mentioned
are better.

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