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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 06-06-2007, 07:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Starting issues on 85' 318i

So for some time now I have had some starter issues on my 318i.

It is very picky and somedays it will start anad somedays it won't. Just this last Sunday, I drove it to church and after church it wouldn't start.
People keep telling me different things.
Everytime it dies, I have had some friends help me push start it.

Whenever it doesn't start, I will turn on the ignition, and everything comes on, but the engine won't turn over. When the ignition is on, there is a "hhhmmmm" sound that is coming from around the tranny.

I am at a loss for what to do.

Any ideas?
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Old 06-07-2007, 04:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Its going to be your starter, the silenoid seems to be out, I bet if you bang it with a tire iron it'll losen the silenoid and it will start.
Hope this helps...
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yup sounds like a bad spot in the starter...next time it wont start bang on it...sometimes a long metal object and a hammer to it will rattle it enough...if it does, its the starter...
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