This morning I tried starting my 1984 BMW 318i. It would start up, run for a few seconds and then die. I left it there and went to work.
When I got home, I tried using the manual choke that the previous owner had installed. After pulling the choke knob towards me about a half an inch of the way, it started and ran fine. I drove it for about 15-30 mins and refilled the tank to full with premium unleaded.
While driving it, a quacking rubber sound began to emanate from the engine (it aint comin' from the tires).
While going up a hill on the way back, my car idled and stopped. The engine won't even start this time around at all. My thinking is it is the alternator belt that was making the noise and it is somehow gone and is preventing the car from starting. Has anyone else have experienced the same problem?
I'm a newbie.