The air pump was replaced by the previous owner. Now, about 6 months later, I am getting these codes again. Are there any common problems associated with this system? I am suspecting a sticky vacuum vent valve. Any ideas?
P1423's are a classic Z3 problem.
The key is to replace both the check valve *and* the air pump, not just the air pump. The check valve is root of the problem: it's letting water vapor from the exhaust manifold flow into the pump, which is corroding the pump.
I _was_ going to replace just the air pump, but my BMW technician buddy strongly suggested I replace the check valve as well, otherwise the pump would fail again quite soon. 30,000 miles later, and the air pump is still doing fine.
[ BTW, the part numbers/prices are: [ o check valve, $94, BMW p/n: 11 72 1 744 255 [ o air pump, $268, BMW p/n: 11 72 1 432 907 [ [ Reference: http://www.realoem/com
---- Where's the water vapor coming from?
It's actually a natural byproduct of combustion. I was very skeptical at first, but have since learned that engines actually produce a huge amount of water during combustion... approximately one gallon of H20 for each gallon of fuel burned (!)
Seems to fail the "straight face" test - how can you get a gallon of water out of a gallon of gasoline? By adding 15 "gallons" of air.
In other words, it turns out that the A/F (air/fuel) ratio is about 15:1, so along with that 1 unit of fuel is 15 units of oxygen. If you look up the combustion equation for petroleum as well as the atomic weights for the reactants and products, it does indeed turn out that for each gallon of gas burned, a gallon of water vapor is produced. Odd, but true.