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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 09-13-2004, 05:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have very happily owned a 1988 325i for approx. 1 year. All of a sudden it died on me. I have check for fuel and everything seems ok. It just turns over and will not fire. Someone has mentioned to me about the crankshaft sensor. Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with this sort of thing before??? PLEASE PLEASE HELP.
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i have never had a problem with the crank shaft sensor? but i would check for compression check all features of electrical and you say its getting fuel....

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All the usual things happen, e.g all the dash lights come on and so i try to start it up but it just keeps cranking with no attempt to actually fire. I have taken it to a local garage and they put it on the diagnostics but it threw up no fault codes whatsoever. Totally baffled me!!!
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make sure that the battery is fully charged and are you sure fuel is making it to the combustion chamber?
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Old 09-13-2004, 05:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah the battery is 100% fully charged. Yeah I almost convinced myself that it was the fuel but I took one of the injector pipes off and there was definately fuel there. Totally confused. It wasn't as if it died gradually, it just went.
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Check to make sure your timing belt isnt broken are missing teeth...
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I checked to see if it was still there but it was only changed about 5000 miles ago so as I expected things were all good there!!!! I did check the crank sensor to see if there was anything obviously wrong with it. I took it off and cleaned it!! I did a resistance check with a multimeter and only one of the connections was showing a reading, that is what has put my mind onto it!! But not totally sure whether both connectors are meant to have a reading or not??
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im not sure like i said i have no experiance with crank sensors....
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coil, disributer cap, and roter how are ur spark plugs sry if u already have menioned it but i didnt feel like reading all the responses
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i read all the responses and dint read a thing about spark plugs, i mite of skipped over it but thats the first thing to check man! lol also check your alternator

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i read all the responses and dint read a thing about spark plugs, i mite of skipped over it but thats the first thing to check man! lol also check your alternator

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aww...fine w/e but u dint say the consecutive words "spark plugs" lol :P
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aww...fine w/e but u dint say the consecutive words "spark plugs" lol :P
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yeaaaah...ill make it longer just 4 you :P. bah ill get around to it
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