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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 04-25-2005, 11:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an '86 325E which has been sitting in my garage for over six months..

My father and I checked up on it recently and it ran for about two seconds when we started it, and then died. It will not fire again.

We charged the battery, and changed the plugs and the same thing happened again. Started for about two seconds, died and would not fire again. It only turns over at this point.

If you think you know what the problem may be, any help on how to fix it would be greatly appreciated. D:
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Old 04-25-2005, 01:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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so you stored it for 6 months?....

When you stored it did you disconnect the battery?
And did you charge it.

So you changed the spark plugs make sure all wires are in and the plugs are threaded correctly.

When you mean it wont start does it crank or just click click.

When u changed the plugs make sure u put the distributor cap back on correctly
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I bet there's water in the fuel - Since that is at the bottom, drain out some fuel to flush out the water
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so you stored it for 6 months?....

When you stored it did you disconnect the battery?
And did you charge it.

So you changed the spark plugs make sure all wires are in and the plugs are threaded correctly.

When you mean it wont start does it crank or just click click.

When u changed the plugs make sure u put the distributor cap back on correctly
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We didn't disconnect the battery, but we did charge it after checking up on it.

We didn't remove the distributor cap. We sprayed ignition sealer on the wires after we'd finished changing the plugs. All was done correctly.

The engine fired for about three seconds then died. After that, the only response we got from later attempts was that the engine would turn over but would not fire.
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