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Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 17:55:42 +0100
From: Paul Halliday <>
Subject: Re: Cold start idle hunt and stall

in article v%5p7.262$, Optimizer at wrote on 16/09/2001 19:15: > 1985 900T 16V FI > where is AIC located under the hood? erm, me too ... I've just taken ownership of a 1985 900i 16V ... which I call "Inga" ... tragic :) Cold starts are bad. The car requires at least two fire-ups of 5+ seconds to get the engine coughing upon which it usually stalls. I am loathed to keep firing up (let alone pump the accelerator, which the manual tells me *not* to do) until the engine ticks over. One the car does fire up, the idle is low (around or just below 500rpm) and then climbs to just short of 1000rpm within a couple of seconds and then stabilises at around 850rpm. I usually leave the car a couple of minutes at idle until it levels out after I pulled out into traffic, changed gear and the damn thing stalled on me requiring the same odd procedure in front of an angry line of commuters :( Is the AIC something that needs cleaning out every now and again? Which parts need looking at? Battery? Alternator brushes? Ignition coil? Ignition amplifier? AIC? I have swapped over some of the vac pipes from my former (now dead) 8V turbo. Man, the engine is so much simpler without AC, intercooler and turbo ... you can actually see the damn thing without all those pipes :)

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