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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 08-12-2011, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was driving along and stopped at a stop sign, turned right, the tires lost grip for a second and then when I regained traction, my engine started running rough, like everything vibrates a lot more than it did before. Anyone know what might have caused this???used:
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just guessing but maybe broke an engine mount, or drive shaft donut?
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I have broken a mount.... would it not start with a broken mount?? Cause I turned right yesterday and the thing shutdown and won't start. I looked and the mount is ripped in half.
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no a broken engine mount won't stop the motor running. It is hard to tell without hearing the car. Could a spark plug lead have come off?
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Check if the engine could have shorted the starter or similar high current lead to the chassis. It may he blown a fusible link. Do you still have power to crank the car, or is it totally dead?
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well it turned out that the distributor rotor's tab that holds it on had broken and then when I replaced it, that one broke in half, so I hauled it to a garage because I know that there is more wrong to it than beats the eye. Hopefully it falls off the lift and they give my a new car, lol jk, I really do like working on this car. I can't wait to get it back and start fixing it more. Thanks for all the help guys, I'll post when I get her back and "what" was wrong.
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Ok, so the car works again. What had happened was when I replaced the rotor and put on the one that broke, the car backfired and disconnected the fuel pressure regulator and the MAF. Turns out that that rotor was faulty and had bubbles in the plastic ( Go Chinese made products!!!). After $125 for them to do their 27 point BS inspection and pug in some wires, she is back in my driveway. Going to replace the engine mount tonight. See you all when something else breaks.
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