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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 05-13-2005, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all, got a bit of a problem...
My 86 325e has always been a bit hard to start, but this morning, it would NOT start. It cranks and cranks but it won't catch. Under the hood there was a small leak of fuel from the fuel line into the Cold Start Injector on the intake manifold. I tightened the hose connection, and cleaned the connector and dried it, but no success. Do I need to replace the whole CSI? Ideas? Suggestions?

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Old 05-17-2005, 02:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Any petrol engine only needs 3 things to run spark, fuel and compression, check these and one will be missing.
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Compression is good, Fire is good, the only thing I haven't verified is fuel delivery. What method would you recommend to check that? Should I disconnect the fuel line from the fuel rail and shoot it into a jar while I turn the key to the on position? Or is there another option to verify fuel delivery? I saw a Cold Start Injector test procedure in my service manual, but haven't had time to do it, do you think that could be the problem? Or do you think it is more likely a fuel pump problem?

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Yes check the fuel as you say the only other way is with a pressure gauge in line, it could well be a fuel pump fault. But if you have pressure and still have dry plug then the injectors may not be working on cranking listen to the injector they should tick (use a screwdriver to listen if youíre unsure)
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