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Old 02-16-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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Question Clear this CEL

hey guys,
i had an error read for a capillary leak, cleared the code and it came back. i checked again with a code reader and there is no error code, just the CEL. im wondering if this is the result of the leak still being around or something else. i read in the peake manual:

"Engine Lamp will not reset:
When the MIL is on, will not reset, yet no codes are found this can be
caused by one of two things; most common: the car has automatic
transmission related faults which can trigger an engine MIL. The engine MIL
circuit from the Engine ECU to the instrument cluster is open. "

if its the leak, should i still be able to read its related code each time the cel comes back on? Im in the midst of replacing parts related to the capillary leak, but if this code is unrelated.. im clearly wasting time and money. any insight would be greatly appreciated

note: transmission has been rebuild ~5k ago, there are no transmission related lights lit

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Old 02-16-2012, 05:22 PM   #2
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I would invest in a BMW Scanner 1.4, which is basically PA Soft.
It allows for scanning and clearing of every module on the car, plus coding options such as clown nose to blink, DRLs, alarm, one touch windows up from key etc. Any codes shadow (registered and kept in car memory), or current will be shown with a relatively detailed description.

Anyone who owns an E46 should have this tool. It can be found at for $30.
Also, since you have a 323, not all codes can be read from the OBDII port, and you will need a $4, 20 pin to OBD adapter from ebay.
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:43 PM   #3
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done, ordered. ive been looking for this solution for a while. also, my peake tool has the 20 pin adapter. thanks!
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:33 PM   #4
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$30!? Wow I need to get one of those.
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:13 PM   #5
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so the CEL was because of a solenoid in the transmission. code was cleared and ill be checking to see if it returns. looks like the peake reader doesnt work with these issues. so much for throwing money at the evap capillary leak hah
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