e30 unique no-start
I guess every no-start issue is unique, but it's unique in the sense that it's my car, at least. It is a 1988 325is
Bear with me, I'm new to e30s and bmw in general, even though this might be something that would apply to any car. I bought the car in June for 150 dollars. At first, it started with a new battery, albeit with a really rough idle.
This is what I changed over the summer: fuel filter, fuel lines, fuel pressure regulator, sent injectors away for refurbishing, 02 sensor, spark plugs, distributor cap and rotor, air hoses, coolant hoses, air filter (a squirrel had left his stash of nuts inside) timing - alternator - ac belt - power steering belts, tensioner, water-pump. I gave the car fresh gasoline.
I went to go turn it over after all this, and the car would crank clean but with no start. I've determined that the car does have spark. I couldn't get the car to pull any codes, so I checked the idle-control sensor which tested out with the proper resistance.
I didn't hear a fuel pump when going to start, so I thought it would be that. But when I jumped it with a small wire stuck where the relay goes, I could hear it functioning fine. I tried to start the car while a friend was holding the wire to jump the pump, and still no start.
From there, I thought it would be the crank-sensor, so i bought a new one. Before install, I tested the resistance and the reading came out the same as the old, original sensor. But I changed it anyways, since the wire of the old one had gotten frayed by running into the crankshaft pulley (the plastic guides had broken). Still no luck.
Okay, I admit that I probably am the reason why it won't start. But without me, it would have gotten traded for an Aveo under Father Obama's Japanese car stimulus plan. So have some mercy on this too willing, too unskilled mechanic, and help a brother out!
Some points that I think need highlighting: the car will not start with and without the fuel pump running and I cannot pull codes with the stomp test. Check engine light on the left is on when I go to start.