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Old 09-12-2005, 01:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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BMW 318i 92Model E36 Starting Problems

Hi i was just wondering what could be the problem when my car is kicking over, when starting it up.

Sometimes when i start the car up it will keep trying to kick over and over again. Then when i back off and try again without touching the accelerator it will do the same thing again try to start up then go back to "reds". The only way i can start the car up is by applying the accellerator fully to kick it over; like starting a carborator engine.

I have changed the spark plugs to the high quality ones irridium, changed fuel filter. I am not sure what this could be.

It only happens sometimes and happens all over the place, just after i have turned the car on or even if i leave the car off for 10hrs, but sometimes again if i have had the car off for a day it will start up normally. It only happns sometimes but i cant seem to find the problem. And when it does start up it has a rough idle and the lights dim and after about 30 sec its normall.

I thourght it might be the battery as sometimes when i start off to drive the battry light stays on and then when i speed up the battery light turns off.

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maybe a dirty fuel injectors?

did you do all the maintenance including cleaning your idle control valve?


my car also coughing a little bit in the mornings and i haven't found the solution yet..


check your battery voltage, then possibly bring your car for a fuel system cleaning...

maybe that would help.
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umm also i have noticed it is a auto, when it does kick over sometimes it idels low and the interior lights dimm and then after 30seconds it returns back to normal idal. It feels like for a second the car is going to stall.

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how do u clean your idle control value
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Nah it still happens the problem... i think it might be the fuel pump.. its the only thing we haven't changed.

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what about oxygen sensor and air mass flow sensors?
can you also hear the engine reving/vibrating wildly when you are in idle and you turn the AC on or power the windows all the way up?
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Clean your grounds, they may have extreme corrosion...just my 2 cents
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