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Old 09-15-2009, 02:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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BMW 318 Starting Problems any ideas?

I have a 1994 BMW 318i, i have starting problems, it wont start and sometimes it starts all the sudden, the car turns over but just wont start, battery is good, alternator is good, i am thinking maybe the Distributor Cap is bad, so anyone know where that is located ? or if you guys have any other ideas why is that happening?
the car has just over 130k, other than starting problem, the car works very well. any ideas would be appriciated,
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mmmmm, you might find this interesting. or not...

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thanks alot that really helps, i will have to try and see if i an locate any of those problems.
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BIMEERFEEL do you know where the Distributor Cap is located on 318i bmw?
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just follow your plug wires. did they not use coils on this model?
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BIMEERFEEL do you know where the Distributor Cap is located on 318i bmw?
Yeah, there's no distributor cap. They use a distributorless ignition with individual coils, although on the four-banger a 4-coil linear-grouping mounted on the passenger side has 4 spark-plug leads running around to the back of the engine cover, then follows a raceway under the cover to the individual plugs.

In that bimmerforum post I mentioned a cam sensor, so did the OP. He said he'd changed his of course... that may very well be your problem; but have you pulled any codes? Is your Check Engine Light (CEL) on?

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