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Light pinging on my '89 535i 5 speed.............. (archive)

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Posted by Warren Gregoire on September 30, 2001 at 11:48:27:

Usually can only notice it say in 3rd around 2500-3000, climbing a very mild grade. Any increase in throttle will cause it. When RPM builds the normal engine/exhaust sound masks any pinging which may or may not be happening.

My excellent shop, Bavarian Professionals of Berkeley, CA says it is probably caused by two contributing factors-
carbon buildup in the head and deterioration of the fuel quality in CA (Now only 91, tops.).

I have searched the archives and found advice that running the engine at 4K on the highway for a couple of minutes might help clean it out. Also a cleaning type fuel additive, Lubro-Moly ventil Sauber, and a cleaning process using GM Top Engine Cleaner.

It is apparent quite a few 535i owners have had this problem.
Has anyone found a solution?

Thank you!


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