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Old 08-16-2004, 01:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The other day I drove my car to the post office, I went in for a minute, I came out and my car wouldn't start. It starts for a second and then stalls. My dad came and helped me and we tested the battery, which was fine. We checked all the fuses which are fine. When I try to start it, it will start for a second then stall. I try to give it gas and nothing seems to happen, so I think it is the fuel pump. Has anybody out there had this problem or does anybody know what this problem might be?
Can the fuel pump, just give out all of a sudden? I'm planning to siphon the gas out of my tank tonight and look at the fuel pump, though I don't know if I will be able to tell anything by looking at it. Thanks for any advice.
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Old 08-16-2004, 03:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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hope you get thisn post in time... Dont siphon anything. use your ears. do this :

pull the fuse for the fuel pump crank the motor a few times it may start (well if your car was working it would ) and even run for about 10 seconds. turn the ignition off. replace the fuse. Now listen very carefully when you turn the ignition back on... you should hear the fuel pump whirring for about 3 seconds as it pressurizes the fuel lines again. No whirring? bad pump or bad connection. Be SUPER careful when working on the pump. ABSOLUTELY disconnect battery, open all windows (first of course) and try to do this out of doors. the potential for blowing yourself up is too great not to follow these steps when replacing the pump.
Also you HAVE to get a brass punch or pipe to loosten the big retaining ring holding the pump in (unless you were going to spend the money for the special tool, which in my opinion is a waste.) if you were to use a screwdriver and strike with a hammer the spark that may be created could blow your car and you up... let mew know if you need any further information
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Perfect safety advice from nyc...nice one...the last thing we need is a lightly barbequed forumite!

Also, I had a similar problem...the car would start then hit 1000 revs and then die back to 0 then leap back to 1000 then back down to 0...then it would stall

I found that the air intake pipe had come loose (1994 318is) and was allowing too much o2 into the mix...the computer would stall the car because the mix was too lean...check your air hoses too before you blow yourself up!

Remember your bimmer has a computer that will alter how the car runs or even shut it down if it doesnt like what it reads!

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Old 08-17-2004, 03:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you so so much!
I got really lazy and had a lack of motivation (despair) last night so I didn't do anything on my car. I plan to take your advice and try that today. I had already began siphoning the gas on Sunday, but the tank was almost full and I had to get somewhere. So I didn't get all the gas out.
Thanks so much, I'll let you know how it goes and maybe post more questions. In the mean time, I'll see if I can get some pictures up. The guy I bought the car from did some nice modifications, including adding a DVD and LCD in the car. I've only done a couple things with it myself. I got some 17 inch chrome BMW Motorsport wheels and put them on, and I got two 12 inch subwoofers in a bandpass box with a 1600 watt peak amp and a 1.2 farad capacitor. I live in the lowrider capital of the world so I have to have rims and a stereo!!
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Old 09-27-2004, 12:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hello Everybody, I don't know if anybody remembers me. I'm replying to the only thread I've ever posted on.
I finally resolved this problem, just yesterday!
I recently bought a house and I'm in graduate school and I work. I recently cut back on my work hours so that school wouldn't be as stressful, so I make less money now and wasn't keen on taking my car to somebody to get it fixed.
I took the fuel pump out, and checked it with the battery. I seemed to work just fine. It was the first time I was really disappointed to learn that a part was still working. I though "Well if it's not the fuel pump I don't know what it is." So I thought maybe it is the connectors at the top of the pump. So I plugged in the connectors with the pump still out of the tank. I reconnected the battery and heard nothing. So I asked my brother to put his ear near the pump and see if he hears anything. When I tried again, I heard the pump. I thought, "what the hell?", so I reinstalled the pump and just like the way it stopped working (suddenly) it started working againa and my car started and runs fine again.
I'm still not sure what the problem was, I think the connectors may have become loose or something?
Anyway, now when I'm driving the SRS light is blinking all the time. I don't know what that means (except that it has something to do with the airbag) and why this would happen. Has anybody else experienced this (where the SRS light is just blinking all the time)? Or does anybody know what this means?
Thanks to all those who helped me before and whoever might be able to help again.
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