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I have a bmw 316i e36 1998 when i start the car it and reve it it got like a splutter i have changed the spark plugs and the crank case vent valve + pipes it got better but still has a splutter that comes and goes

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Try cleanin the throttle body with nonchlorinated cleaner-inspect idle air also and egr--make sure plug wires r not old and inspec distributer area--secure a shop manual

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