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Old 11-19-2020, 05:58 PM
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Yep the cheap ones want to see 5-10 psi from a mechanical pump, not 55PSI from a electric pump. Wait until you see the newer cars with 2200 psi direct injected units.
The OTC came in today, basically the gauge with a hose and an adaptor. I had to use the adaptor, however, nothing shows up on the gauge.

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Does the car start? Can you feel pressure in the hose when you connect it? You should be able to test on a tire. It should measure air pressure as well as fuel.
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Does the car start? Can you feel pressure in the hose when you connect it? You should be able to test on a tire. It should measure air pressure as well as fuel.
So, the gauge worked after I checked the adaptor. Only issue is it pissed fuel out all over the engine again. Luckily i caught it quick and shut her down. Also as a side note, the problem I experienced twice on the one day has stopped happening. I'll just change the fuel filter, since it's an overdue item.
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Fuel filter can last a half million miles. I'm not aware of any replacement schedule. That said, other than loss of power have you has other symptoms like hard start after a while not using?
I ask because I replaced my wife's fuel filter after I did some measurements that indicated the FPR was shot only to discover post mortem that the o-ring bwtween the FPR and filter was shot.

If you have another car to drive take off your old filter and remove the FPR you should see a small o-ring that is most likey flattened out and stiff and no longer functioning. It is what I observed when I replaced my wife's.

I cut the old filter in half with a band saw to look inside and it to be sure war was filthy at 180,000 miles but I would rate it perhaps 1/2 to 1/3 consumed. It definitely did not need to be replaced and I saw no sign the FPR was defective either only the o-ring bwtween them.

The test i used to confirm the problem was to test the fuel pressure at the rail and leave overnight. I watched the pressure drop ten psi before an hour had passed and by morning the pressure was basically zero. After replacing the FPR, the pressure stayed over 30psi overnight.

The hard starts evaporated as well as the random power blips e g loss of power on freeway onramp.
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Fuel filter can last a half million miles. I'm not aware of any replacement schedule. That said, other than loss of power have you has other symptoms like hard start after a while not using?
I ask because I replaced my wife's fuel filter after I did some measurements that indicated the FPR was shot only to discover post mortem that the o-ring bwtween the FPR and filter was shot.

If you have another car to drive take off your old filter and remove the FPR you should see a small o-ring that is most likey flattened out and stiff and no longer functioning. It is what I observed when I replaced my wife's.

I cut the old filter in half with a band saw to look inside and it to be sure war was filthy at 180,000 miles but I would rate it perhaps 1/2 to 1/3 consumed. It definitely did not need to be replaced and I saw no sign the FPR was defective either only the o-ring bwtween them.

The test i used to confirm the problem was to test the fuel pressure at the rail and leave overnight. I watched the pressure drop ten psi before an hour had passed and by morning the pressure was basically zero. After replacing the FPR, the pressure stayed over 30psi overnight.

The hard starts evaporated as well as the random power blips e g loss of power on freeway onramp.
No, no hard start issues on the 4.8iS. It has the "comfort start" feature, so I just flick the keep and it cranks over. Once in a while it's slightly "extended" but by no means a hard start.
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BMW sources a couple different vendors so this is just one possibility. Put your fuel gauge on and start the car. If the needle vibrates around an average of 50 vs. dead stable sign of o-ring leaking.

Then let it sit overnight. I forgot the numbers I had but before was zero psi overnight after was 20-30 psi overnight. If psi drops below say 10 overnight the o-ring is leaking between your FPR and fuel filter. Unlikely three FPR broken or the filter is plugged enough to be a problem.
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