Common 1 Series Problems

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Common 1 Series Problems

Post by Dan116i » Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:21 pm

Here is a list of common 1 series problems with solutions that most people have found to work.
Please keep this thread clean, if I've missed anything out please PM me :)

Loss of power (Petrol engines)
This is a common problem with the petrol engines. The problem is down to a faulty Bosch Coil Pack. Indications that you may have this problem are:
Lack of power
Heavy engine vibration
Amber Engine warning light
Rough idle
Car goes into "limp mode"
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BMW have released an 'enhancement pack' which BMW will fit for free most of the time. Take a trip to your local dealership and they'll arrange for this to be done. Eventually all four coil packs in the car will fail, so ensure BMW replace all four to prevent numerous trips to the dealership



Timing Chain Noise/Failure
This is a common problem with the N47 engine. Now its important to know if the chain snaps while the engine is running, a few extra bits will be required as it gets a tad messy in there. It's actually a lot cheaper to repair the engine than to replace it. For a noisy chain, It can be replaced for around £800-£900. And a snapped one between £1200-1500 depending on damage (that's parts and labour. PM me for contact details ;) ). Its hard to predict a chain thats due to fail, but some have experienced a grinding noise in the engine bay

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The best way to get a faulty timing chain confirmed is to go to a garage. It will be cheaper to fix than buying a new engine, so don't just leave it to fail.

Here is what you'll hear if your timing chain is on its way out (grinding noise)


N47 swirl flaps wearing and braking up

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Wet rear seats
This is most likely to be down to the rear filter (see below, "Various dash board lights and PDC Error"). Water stores below the rear seats and comes up through these threaded holes
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Inside car. Leaking seatbelt-bolts:
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Underneath the car there are two plugs, take these two plugs out and allow any water to drain out.
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The plastic plugs:
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Once you have done this, see "Various dash board lights and PDC Error" to check the rear filter



Clutch judder
This is the most common fault with BMW's. When pulling away in first gear, you'll feel the car judder as the clutch is at biting point. BMW have released a software fix, however many people have reported that this doesn't fix the problem. There is a DIY clutch judder fix, but the life of the clutch is affected.
http://babybmw.net/viewtopic.php?f=11&t ... der+solved" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Realistically its a case of live with it or get a new clutch :(



ABS/DCS Symbol
Fault code: "5E20 - HYDRAULIC PRESSURE SENSOR INTERNAL"

If your BMW ABS Pump Module is faulty then your ACS / DCS (traction control) lights will be illuminated on the dash and you will be unable to turn them off. If you have taken your car for a diagnostic check then you would have the following fault code; "5E20 - HYDRAULIC PRESSURE SENSOR INTERNAL"

This fault code means that your ABS pump Module unit has failed and will need to be replaced. BMW do provide a "kit" which fixes this fault.

Common faults:
ABS / DSC (traction Control) lights permanently on
Fault code: "5E20 - HYDRAULIC PRESSURE SENSOR INTERNAL"
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Common failing part numbers:

3451-6777158-01
3452 6769779-01
3451-6769778-01
3451-6772213-01
3451-6784763-01
3451-6769844-01
3451-6778163-01
3451-6776055-01
3452-6778239-01
3451-6772213-01
3451-6771486-01




Various dash board lights (Christmas lights effect) and PDC Error
This is most likely to be down to a wet PDC unit located in the boot. This could be due to the filters in the wheel arches being fitted upside down by BMW.

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The best way to see if its this, is to check your PDC unit
Lee_2f2f wrote:Right, a few people have mentioned of a problem with their PDC (Parking Distance Control) and a special Icon showing up on your dash when put in reverse, like this:-
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First of all, start by removing the floor carpet which basically lifts and pulls out like so:
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Next is to remove the plastic boot strip, located either side is 2 plastic Caps which you can remove with a flat-head screwdriver like so:
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Under these caps consists of a Philips Screw.... You know what to do.

Once you have removed the Screws if you look at the bottom of the plastic panel there are 2 plugs, simply Prise them out with a flat-head screwdriver like so:
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Then using some pin-nose pliers or another tool, simply pull. They are not attached; they are just plugs to secure it. Like so:
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Your side panel will then be accessible more easily like this.
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Next is to undo the bolt on the side which attaches some Trim to the hook:
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It requires a Torx Screwdriver, but I simply found a long enough Flat-Head screw driver useful.

For more ease you need to remove the plastic panel above which holds your rear speaker in place, I however left it there because it is very fiddly to remove.

I also recommend removing the rear light for more accessibility into the PDC's well.

Now that you remove all the nessicery parts, Simply Pull on the Arch cover, pulling it out from the boot seal and out as far as it will go (don’t bend it too much, it is fiberglass.)

The PDC is located down here:
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Now..... Model of your car MAY differ; I noticed some of you do not have the Polystyrene Holster for your PDC Module, whereas I do:

Example pictures here:

2009 FL 3-door M-sport Hatchback:
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Remy's Pre-FL 5-door M-Sport Hatchback (Notice the water issue she has)
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To remove the PDC:

For anybody with a PDC holster like Remy's simply pull the tabs apart either side and pull the PDC out.

For people who have the PDC like mine, the Wire is tacked to the polystyrene, simply Pull on the wire, and then slide the PDC Module out, leaving you with this:
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Now if there is water damage, and water in the well, GET IT OUT!!!

Disconnect it, get it in a bag of rice, and leave it in a warm location for 72 Hours (3 days)

Hope this helps you all.

Lee. :D
Once your PDC is dry, i would recommend you get BMW to check if that filter has been fitted upside down. Usually this will be fixed as a 'goodwill gesture'



Start/Stop not working
Firstly the engine has to be warm until the start/stop will kick in, so don't expect it to work 2mins up the road

If you've been driving for a fair bit of time, this could be an indication that your battery isn't holding enough charge to power the start/stop. If your car only does short trips or rarely used, its recommended to take it on a long run to fully charge the battery. If the car is regularly used on long trips, its recommended to get the battery tested as it could be on its way out.



Occasional clock reset, milage reset and error message
This is an indication that the AGM battery is on its way out. The best way to check is to get a battery tester on it and replace if needed.

A replacement battery will need, at least, registering with BMW / ISTA / Carly software. You can't just DIY swap them willy-nilly. Battery Registration does 3 things:

1) Logs Mileage
2) Tells the car a new battery is installed
3) and records the condition of the battery at 80% of the charge

If you have changed the size or construction type, you will need additional coding too, with aforementioned software. Options are:

KLASSE_BATTERIE
46ah
55ah
70ah
80ah
90ah
110ah
40ah_agm
60ah_agm
70ah_agm
80ah_agm
90ah_agm

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Uneven Tyre Wear
When checking your front tyres, you may find your tyres are wearing more on the outsides. This is due to the camber pin, to solve this you have two options on how to remove the camber pin.

The First
Gray135i wrote: Okay, several people have mentioned removing the alignment pins in the front to gain additional negative camber (and reduce understeer). My stock runflat tires are close to bald with the outsides wearing much more than the insides, so the additional negative camber should actually help tire wear.
For those of you that don't have the means to measure the camber, I'd personally just move the strut top as far inwards (towards the engine) as the slots allow.
I started this with -.5 degrees on the front left and -.7 degrees on the front right. (-1.5 on right rear and -1.8 on left rear in case anyone wonders)

Tools needed:
13mm open end wrench
13mm deep socket or 13mm shallow socket with extension
floor jack
pair of Vise-Grips with pretty good teeth


Step 1
Jack up front side of car until tire if off the ground

Step 2
Loosen all three nuts of strut tower, I personally just loosened the one under the strut tower brace and removed the other two.
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Step 3
Holding Vise-Grips vertically with jaws facing down, latch onto the alignment pin.


Step 4
I'd try to rock the pin back and forth for just a second to loosen it before you pull it out. It popped out pretty easily on both sides for me, but I'm sure some people will need to pull a little harder. Pictured here is the pin you're removing, its grooved but not threaded, so you don't need to unscrew it.
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Step 5
Once the pin is removed, you'll need to pry the top of the strut over. I used the handle of my ratchet and stuck it down in the rubber lined hole in the middle of the three strut tower studs. Pry the top of the strut so that the three strut bolts move as far towards the engine as the slotted hole will allow. Once you've moved the bolts as far as they will go, tighten down one of the strut stud nuts. You can now tighten the other two strut nuts. At this point, you now have more negative camber and can lower the car back to the ground.

Step 6
Repeat on the other side of the car and make sure all strut nuts are tight.

On the left side, I now have -1.0 degrees of camber. On the right side, I did not max out my travel and ended up at -1.2 degrees.

If nothing else, this will help my tire wear being uneven and hopefully provide a little less understeer. Good luck!


The Second Option
sonicvanman wrote:so for anyone thinking of doing this, it is very easy as i found out.

as above but my pins were not very proud so couldnt use mole grips so i drilled mine out & as marco said mine were hollow to, but once drilled i use a wheel brace to push on the rubber & then righten up the other nuts & repeat & its as easy as that.

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After positon of the bolt
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i took it out for a test drive, not 100% sure if its just me think its better in corners, but i think it felt smoother & easyer to steer & i felt more confident but maybe its in my head i will keep testing it as i drive about.
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Re: Common 1 Series Problems

Post by RichCranney » Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:35 pm

Absolutely bloody fantastic start mate. I'd suggest you keep this thread updated if people post suggestions by the first post rather than people having to read 30 pages to get the answer.

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Post by Lee_2f2f » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:44 pm

This is awesome Dan, Stickied for everyone to see.

Just do me a favour, host ALL the images yourself (via photobucket) so they dont dissapear over time, and resize all the large images to 1024x768, just for making it better to view. :)

If you wish... I can do that instead seeing as you are writing it all up?
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Re: Common 1 Series Problems

Post by Dan116i » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:45 pm

Lee_2f2f wrote:This is awesome Dan, Stickied for everyone to see.

Just do me a favour, host ALL the images yourself (via photobucket) so they dont dissapear over time, and resize all the large images to 1024x768, just for making it better to view. :)

If you wish... I can do that instead seeing as you are writing it all up?
No problem Lee :) i'll get onto it
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Post by Lee_2f2f » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:50 pm

Drop me a PM if you want any help. ;)
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Post by Dan116i » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:52 pm

Lee_2f2f wrote:Drop me a PM if you want any help. ;)
Ok :D

Just need time :) ive had a few PM's, so that'll keep me quiet for the next few days :lol:
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Post by RichCranney » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:54 pm

I'll send you some of the common problems with the convertibles a bit later and can get some pics if you want them

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Post by Barry Beemer » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:54 pm

Nice one Dan thanks for that Mate!
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Post by Dan116i » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:55 pm

richcranney wrote:I'll send you some of the common problems with the convertibles a bit later and can get some pics if you want them
Brilliant thank you :) that will make my life easier. Never knew there were so many problems with the 1 series :roll:
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Post by Lee_2f2f » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:56 pm

Not just the 1er Dan, get problems with ANY car... but some cars just take the spotlight in the eyes of the news. ;)
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Re: Common 1 Series Problems

Post by RichCranney » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:09 pm

Yeah, I agree with Lee... Like the n47 engine timing chain, it's not 1 series specific, can happen on the 3 and any other n47 cars too.

Good thought Lee.

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Re: Common 1 Series Problems

Post by sonicvanman » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:11 pm

Spot on Dan nice little write up which should help many people out.

Touch wood, i havent had any of these problems on my M47 1st addition 1er.

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Re: Common 1 Series Problems

Post by Octavius » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:13 pm

Nice work Dan. Its good of you to take time to do this.
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Post by babybmwadmin » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:42 pm

Great work and thanks.

A suggestion to the mods, lets keep the chit-chat in this thread to a minimum and therefore delete what is not necessary.

I don't want this thread becoming pages and pages long

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Post by Jack10 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:53 pm

babybmwadmin wrote:Great work and thanks.

A suggestion to the mods, lets keep the chit-chat in this thread to a minimum and therefore delete what is not necessary.

I don't want this thread becoming pages and pages long
I'll just say this. I think dan should have a few notches to his belt for this? Maybe upgrade some has like 5000 posts lol
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