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Old 02-19-2019, 11:56 AM
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New 2006 E53 Owner

Good morning

Kind of an introduction post here:

I am the new owner of a 2006 E53 3.0 V6 . 107K miles, 1 owner car-fax. I also have a 2008 E60. I am the previous owner of a 1998 E39 and 2001 E46.

Not much has been done to this car, so I ordered a new coolant system(i know from previous experience that anything over 100,000 miles and you are just taking a risk of it failing).

I also ordered new dash lights as the left side isn't as bright.

Today I was driving to work on the highway and the "engine fail safe" light came on along with my 4x4 light and brake(in orange) light. I checked the codes as soon as I got to my parking garage and found P1500 "idle-speed control valve stuck open".

I assume that I will have to replace that part, but is it possible to clean?

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Old 02-19-2019, 12:35 PM
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If you are familiar with other forums especially BMW you should give more info so others can help. If it is a 3.0 it is very easy. Other engines I would not know. Either way do a search there are plenty of threads to help.
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:38 PM
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Thanks forgot the engine
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Old 02-19-2019, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Sae85409 View Post
Thanks forgot the engine
It's pretty easy to clean, but I wouldn't count on that working. I had the same problem with mine. Kept getting the random fail-safe mode and the other stuff and code for idle control valve stuck open. I'd clear the code and it would be OK for a while then I'd get it again. Pulled it and thoroughly cleaned it and put it back. OK for a little while, but then I'd get random codes again. Put a new one in and no problem since.
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Old 02-19-2019, 02:18 PM
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How old is the battery or alternator. Sometimes if those are on the way out they will trigger engine/trans fail safes
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Old 02-19-2019, 02:53 PM
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Suggest you add year and engine to your signature so it is always visible to responders.
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