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00 328i will not clear catalyst monitor

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00 328i will not clear catalyst monitor
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: BMW
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BMW Mechanic: Derek Werner, BMW Mechanic replied 2 years ago
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Hello and welcome,

Do you have any fault codes in the system?

What other monitors have run and passed?

Are you trying to get the monitor to pass for a emissions test?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
no codes
all other monitors have passed
and yes for california state emissions
BMW Mechanic: Derek Werner, BMW Mechanic replied 2 years ago

ok what type of scan tool are you using?

Are you pulling codes from the 20 pin connector under the hood?

Most generic scan tools will not pull all the codes from the DME engine control module

How many miles have you drove it to try to pass the catalyst monitor?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
i have used both a launch and snap on verus
yes used the 20 pin connector under the hood
has gone about 60 miles
BMW Mechanic: Derek Werner, BMW Mechanic replied 2 years ago

First drive consistently between 20 and 30mph for approximately 4 minutes.

Then drive consistently between 40-60mph for approximately 15 minutes, some vehicle coasting time should be included.

This process with reset if engine speed goes over 3000rpm, or

if driving speed is over 60mph, or large fluctuations in acceleration.

If this occurs, stop the vehicle. Start and stop the engine and start the drive cycle procedure over again.

This is the drive cycle procedure to pass the catalyst monitor.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
done that as well 3 times
BMW Mechanic: Derek Werner, BMW Mechanic replied 2 years ago

What is the LTFT at?

Has the maf been cleaned?

Why did you replace the downstream H02S?

Either the engine computer is picking up a partially failing catalyst or there is a fault with the DME

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
ltft stays around 4.5 (3.4-5.6)
will clean maf but numbers look correct
rear o2 sensors were baseline .1 all the time had been replaced in past with universals
BMW Mechanic: Derek Werner, BMW Mechanic replied 2 years ago

Does the rear o2 sensor readings look normal. What were the codes that the vehicle came in with?

It sounds like a catalyst is failing.

Ensure there is no intake or exhaust leaks

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BMW Mechanic: Derek Werner, BMW Mechanic replied 2 years ago

The catalyst outlet temp should be about 110 degrees higher then the inlet.

Do the tap test on the catalyst, should not have any rattling noises.

Post o2 sensors readings should hold steady and not fluctuate.

Also aftermarket cats do not work well on these engines and will fail the emissions test. ensure oem catalyst are used

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
front o2 sensors look normal
rear o2 sensors now move from .1
but they settle hi low
left at .6-.7 right stays at .15
looks like one of the cats is bad to me as well
will warm up and do a temp test
BMW Mechanic: Derek Werner, BMW Mechanic replied 2 years ago

Ok this is what i was thinking what was going on, it takes a lot of drive cycles before a cat code will set. The DME will go through a series of tests for the O2 sensors before it will set a p0420, or p0430.

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BMW Mechanic: Derek Werner, BMW Mechanic replied 2 years ago

so the rear bank is at .15?? this is a indication of a bad cat.

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