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      01-17-2015, 11:59 AM   #1
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Increased Emmisions

So I had my car sitting in the garage for a about 3 weeks, I wanted to go for a drive today since we have some nice weather and when I started it I got this message:

Increased Emissions
Emissions-related malfunction. Have the system checked by your BMW center as soon as possible.

Does anyone know what this means exactly or has dealt with this problem?
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Could be a lot of things....

Is your gas cap on properly?

O2 sensor could be going bad or is bad?

When was the last time you had your spark plugs changed?

If you have sports cats or no cats then this is a normal message.

And a host of other things.... these are the simple ones
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Gotcha, I was hoping it could be an easy fix I could probably do myself, but I guess not. I have stock pipes. gas cap on properly because I just went to fill it up. So I guess I do need a mechanic to plug in the computer and read the codes.
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Was the gas cap loose prior to filling it up, do you remember? I ask because those emissions codes take a some driving to show themselves and then some driving afterwards to clear if your not clearing them by code.
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I do not remember exactly, but it has been quite cold the past few weeks as the car was in the garage. I drove the car for about 30 minutes todays hoping it would clear, but its still there. If it does not clear in the next day or two I think I will have it looked at.
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If anyone has any ideas about a potential quick fix or something I should try please let me know.
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Typically, this would register a code with your car. Get that code pulled. That will lead you to a cause and recommended course of action.

If you cannot read the code yourself, go to most reputable auto parts stores. They will read it for you.

Good luck!
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Gotcha, I was hoping it could be an easy fix I could probably do myself, but I guess not. I have stock pipes. gas cap on properly because I just went to fill it up. So I guess I do need a mechanic to plug in the computer and read the codes.
^ this

You will need to read the codes to figure it out. This warning can be the result of a whole host of different issues.

Of course if you are a DIYer, you could get a code reader and diagnose it yourself. Lots of different options for readers. And lots of information on this forum about the different readers.

When I got the "Increased Emissions" warning, I went ahead and got the BMWhat App and a wireless OBD reader to diagnose the problem myself. My problem ended up being the airfow sensor on the suction hose of the Air Pump. But as I said before, you won't know what your problem is until you read your error codes.

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Typically, this would register a code with your car. Get that code pulled. That will lead you to a cause and recommended course of action.

If you cannot read the code yourself, go to most reputable auto parts stores. They will read it for you.

Good luck!
By parts store do you mean that a place like Auto Zone will read the error code for me for free and tell me what the code is?
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By parts store do you mean that a place like Auto Zone will read the error code for me for free and tell me what the code is?
Yes you could have Autozone or Oreillys read the car for you. They could at least give you the code. Or you could buy a cheap OBDII reader and read the codes yourself.
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Yes. That's exactly right. Once you have the code, you can research right here for what the cause might be and what is your next best course of action.
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So good new is that when i went to start the car and drive to auto zone the code went away, and the "Service Engine Soon" icon went away lol
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So good new is that when i went to start the car and drive to auto zone the code went away, and the "Service Engine Soon" icon went away lol
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I had this same thing pop up, turns out the thermostat is running around 150 degrees. Get yourself an elm327 off eBay ($10) and the torque app (free) and you can scan your own codes and monitor temps, a/f ratio, timing, etc.
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Happened to me couple times when I didn't start the car, when I started it had a choking noise, error message popped up. Cleared it with BMWhats app and went away
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FYI,
increased emissions was the first error i got on the way to my Throttle valve actuators failing.
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