In Reply to: What prompted the dealer to perform the test? posted by keith on March 22, 1999 at 10:29:43:
I took my car in for a leaking power steering hose and asked them to do the leak down test. At first, service writer said I would have to pay if the car failed. I suggested that he was misinformed and that he look into the situation. I told him that I thought the idle might be a little rough, but that basically I was aware of the problem and was concerned about my car. He called me back and said that I was right, that the test was free. A few hours later he called and said the car had failed and that a short block was on order.
I picked up my car that day and brought it back in when the parts arrived. The dealer provided a loaner (98 328iA) for the 10 days they kept my car.
I have a printout of the test results (but not with me) that said something to the effect that the car failed the combined test - I don't know for sure which element it failed.
: Thanks for the comment. I have read a great deal about this matter and I thought the "testing" was in three parts (I think the first two are some sort of computer test and an "idle quality" test), with the last part being the leakdown test. Did your dealer perform all three parts of the test, and, if you had no symptoms, what prompted him to perform the test? Thanks.
: : Keith,
: : I did not notice any symptoms at all prior to failing leak down test in my 1995 540iA.
: : Ted
: : : I have a 1994 530ia, with 67,000 miles on it and the original Nikasil block. My 6 year/100,000 mile extended engine warranty will expire in 8/99, since my date in service is listed as 8/93. For those of you who have had the short block replacement, I was wondering what the symptoms of your "bad" engine were before the replacement. I know that the most commmon one is rough idling. Mine idles somewhat rough only when it is cold. However, my oil seems to get dirty fairly quickly (it is filthy looking 1500 miles after an oil/filter change), compared with my other vehicles (Volvo 240 and Toyota truck). To me, this indicates possible excessive compression ring blow-by, although the engine does not burn any oil. As I am planning to take my car in this summer for the free leakdown test (before the warranty runs out), any comments on symptoms would be appreciated. This should also serve as a wakeup call to all 1993 and 1994 V8 owners - check with your dealer as to your car's date-in-service, as the extended warranty is good for only 6 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first!!