This article gives detailed instructions on replacing the mass air flow sensor (MAF) in a BMW vehicle with the N52 6 cylinder engine. Even though we used a 2006 530xi to perform this repair, this article can be applied to any BMW vehicle with the N52 engine including most 2004-2013 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, X1, X3, X5, and Z4 models minor modifications to the repair steps.
A BMW Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF) replacement in your N52 6 cylinder engine can help cure rough idles and clear instrument cluster error lights.
One of the most misunderstood components of the BMW engine intake system is the mass air flow sensor, often referred to as the BMW MAF sensor (or the "hot-film air mass meter" for those hardcore mechanics). The mass air flow sensor is part of the engine's air management system that includes all of the components involved with delivering metered fresh air to the cylinders. It is located on the intake pipe directly downstream from the intake muffler (air filter box).
The BMW MAF sensor is in charge of calculating how much air is entering the engine through the air filter element. This data is sent to the engine control module (the ECU...or sometimes referred to as the DME on BMWs) where it is used to adjust the amount of fuel being sprayed into the cylinders by the injectors. This delicate balance of measuring airflow and adjusting fuel delivery is what makes the BMW N52 six-cylinder engine so economically efficient and run so smoothly.
BMW Mass Air Flow Sensor Symptoms
Obvious signs that your BMW MAF sensor is failing are a rough idling engine (especially when warm) and poor acceleration. It will also (usually) cause a Service Engine Light (SEL) to appear in the instrument cluster. For those home mechanics with a diagnostic scanner, a bad mass air flow sensor will normally throw one of the following error codes: 2D15 or 2D16.
Since the rough idling and poor performance issues can also be attributed to other problems with your BMWs engine, it is best to diagnose your N52 six-cylinder before replacing the mass air flow sensor.
Replacing the BMW MAF is an extremely simple process that takes about ten minutes to perform in most affected vehicles. We strongly recommend attempting to clean your MAF prior to purchasing a new one with CRC Electronic Cleaner...some times dirt can accumulate on the internal element causing it to malfunction. That being said if your BMW's N52 engine has 120,000 plus miles on it, then it makes better sense just to replace the entire sensor with a new one.
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