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      12-08-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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"mixture control" code and wet #6 plug

Hi all,

today I decided to do a little maintenance on my car - 2009 E92 335i, 6MT, about 72K miles. I had no record of the plugs having been changed so I figured it was overdue. The only issue that I'd been having with the car was occasionally - not all the time, just maybe 50% of the time - at say about half throttle or there abouts, I would get what I could call "choppy" acceleration, like I was bouncing my foot on the gas pedal or something instead of holding it steady. Well, I got all the old plugs out without issue and they all looked pretty much like normal used plugs, except for #6, which came out wet and smelling of gasoline. I don't think there was any oil involved as after only a minute or so out of the car it was dry however it was still black. I checked my codes (I have no CEL) and the only code that came up was "Mixture Control" I neglected to write down the exact code (dumb, I know) but I think it was P29E0.

I drove the car last night, but this morning only started it up to pull it in the driveway before I started changing the spark plugs.

If the issue persists I will definitely recheck that plug. If it is wet again, what do you think the likely culprit would be? I would guess either coil or leaky injector on #6, does that sound reasonable? If it were the coil, would I not be getting a misfire code however?

thanks for any insight from anyone who's had a similar issue and successfully resolved it.

Edit: I forgot to mention, when I restarted the car after putting everything back together, it took longer than usual to catch and ran a little rough for a minute or so but after revving it a couple times it seemed to "clear its throat" and seems to be running OK now. I have not had any noticeable hard start/ rough running issues up to this point however. Not sure if this is related or not or if that is normal for a plug replacement (although the only things that were disconnected to get access to the plugs were the one sensor on the cabin air filter tray and the hood switch for the alarm system, so I'm not sure how that could have messed anything up?)

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Update: went ahead and replaced the heated steering wheel control module (the other thing on my list of things to do today on the car) which involved disconnecting the battery as I don't feel comfortable working on airbags live... got that done and went for a drive. Car ran a little off for a while but after maybe 10 miles or so (readapting?) it actually started running better than it ever has in my ownership. I got a couple bottles of Techron (on sale at Advance! woohoo!) put one in and filled the tank up. Keeping fingers crossed? May check #6 plug again next weekend if it's not cold and crappy out. I really hope this is the end of maintenance/repair for a while, as I've completed my maintenance checklist and was really hoping to be rewarded with a good running (mod-ready?) car.

have no current codes showing, FWIW, but I don't know if I've driven far enough for any to have been thrown or not.
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