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Old 12-02-2005, 04:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2 new problems with '94 318iS

Ok first problem is the engine rotates but fails to start, I tried charging the battery and that didn't really help so I am thinking it is either timing, fuel pump, or a fuel injection system. Has anyone else had this problem and was what done to correct it and how much was it etc... Also I was just wondering what can be done to get an older bimmer like this a little more cold weather friendly. Before that last propblem happened it would start every time in the cold just wouldn't sound that great when it started (some type of metal to metal sound almost) once I let it warm up it does alot better and once it has a bit of heat at the engine it sounds just fine when it starts.Cold start injector maybe? Also when I hit the throttle when its at operating temp sometimes it loses temperature so maybe that could be a thermostat? I dont know..anyway I would appreciate anyones insight. Thanks
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new mexico? cold weather? lol

id check into a fuel problem , probably has to do with a faulty fuel pump, sounds like if your engine is cranking over than your gonna be having an issue with 2 of the 3 main components for engines (fuel, spark, compression) have you noticed any degradated peformance as of late? im assuming no , so i would assume your not flooded or would have a compression problem.......so once again im thinking it has to do with your fuel pump. id look into that first before any other method.

as for winter weather there are a few good ideas to consider doing (this applies to everyone, especially people who get lots of snow)

- underbody oil spray, prevents rusting and helps stave off any corrosion from the harsh salt they use on the roads.
- an oil change, change the oil to a weight and grade better suited for the climate in your area.
- for very cold climates , like canadians and the upper states, a block heater is a good idea, your able to simply plug it in and it will keep your block warmer so the startups in the mornings will not be so harsh on your cars engine.
- snow tires are a must in my opinion for those who get enough of it. without snows your car is gonna be very tough. and will make general driving in the snow so much better. *also a good idea is to have a bit of weight in the back of the car, using cinderblocks or 45lbs weights or even a few bags of salt (double purpose, you can use it if you get stuck) will help keep the back end planted a bit better.
- keep a road side kit avalible that is geared for winter weather , that will help you if your stranded somewhere.
- while your at it with the oil change its a good idea to winterize the car, silcone spray all the door locks, hinges, and rubber seals that are on the doors, and trunk. the obvious while doing the tune up get hte mechanic or yourself to check for any parts that are in need of replacement , with special attention to any suspension parts and braking components.
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i think thats what was wrong with my car, but i think my engine wouldnt rotate though...dont remember...anyways...the problem on mine to turned out to be that the vibration damper pulley somehow broke in the center....
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I just had the car towed today and I noticed as I pushed out of the garage a medium sized puddle of oil so I hope it isn't the motor if it is the car will be sitting for quite a while and I'm gonna have to drive an '83 volvo station wagon around but it wasn't that big of a puddle so hopefully its not the motor.
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