Bmw "no Spark" Please Help - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
BMW Forum BMW Forum

Auto Insurance

» Featured Product
Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E36)
Register Home Forum Active Topics Gallery / Showroom Auto Loans Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowInsurance

3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.

BimmerWerkz.com is the premier BMW Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-19-2004, 09:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Car:
Posts: 5
Photos:
jakebmw1995 is an unknown quantity at this point


Hi everyone, this is my first post at this site

I have a 1995 318i, It has 179K miles on it but the engine is in very good shape. Well it was in good shape. I was drving to work the other day and suddenly i lost my radio, and the car felt very heavy. I pulled over and turned the car off and it never started again. The battery died out of no where. Making me beleive i have a short somewhere.
I am a pretty mechanical person so i got to working. I jump the car, it is cranking but nothing else.......it turns over but doesn't fire. I thought it was the fuel pump first but, i had my wife crank it while my head was under the seat and the pump works, i even jump the relay and heard the gas spray to the heads.
I also checked if i was getting spark to the plugs. NO SPARK??? ........
thats where i am right now????
I think some how the short burned something out and i am not getting any spark to the wires.

Question 1......do i need a new distributor or a new ECU (all the relays are fine)

Please help.....I am dying here
jakebmw1995 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-19-2004, 10:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Car:
Posts: 5
Photos:
jakebmw1995 is an unknown quantity at this point
maybe it will help if i told you that i am from UK as well. But nooo i am from NYC and need some help. Thank you in advance. i need to get to work with this car and kids got to eat.
jakebmw1995 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2004, 10:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Car:
Posts: 5
Photos:
jakebmw1995 is an unknown quantity at this point
please helppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp
jakebmw1995 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2004, 11:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
1st Gear Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Rhode Island,USA
Car:
Posts: 179
Photos:
Gator is an unknown quantity at this point
The first thing to do is replace the battery or temporarily swap it with one from another car. A shorted battery is the most likely cause and needs to be eliminated before starting further troubleshooting. If there is still no spark with a good battery, start troubleshooting the ignition circuit.
Gator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2004, 12:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Car:
Posts: 5
Photos:
jakebmw1995 is an unknown quantity at this point
like i said, the car cranks just fine...everything electrical works in it but the no spark????? I can trouble shoot the ignition system but i just need to know exactly what causes the spark. Is it the distributor coil or the ecu?
jakebmw1995 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2004, 01:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
JAX
Neutral Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Denmark
Car:
Posts: 91
Photos:
JAX is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via MSN to JAX
Arrow

Well , I'll try , my english is not the best but here it goes.

First , take out one of the sparkplugs and see if you got sparks.
No sparsk ...
Try to find the ignition module and put the sparkplug directly on that one and see if you got sparks there.
It is most likely that your electronic ignition module went dead. I am not sure you can check that if you don't have another one.

But first of ALL check the fuses. The fuse for the ignition block myght be DEAD.
You said your radio went out and then the car died .... so might be a fuse or the power generator , if that one eats all the power or short circuited you will never get sparks.
You can also check the following :

Bad Sparkplugs - I would replace them FIRST.
Air filter dirty
Ignition cmponents damaged or damped
Fuel injection damage
broken wires on the ignition


Let me know how it went.
__________________
--== 316i Cupe / 325TDS Engine ==-- <br> --------------183 HP----------- </br>-- == JAX the RiPPeR == --
JAX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2004, 02:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
Speedy-325is's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Pole Position #1
Car:
Posts: 1,458
Photos:
Speedy-325is is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to Speedy-325is Send a message via MSN to Speedy-325is Send a message via Yahoo to Speedy-325is
turn ur car to position 2 (turn the key one click to the accessory position)
have ur wife sit in the drivers seat
turn the headlights on
get in front of car
tell her to turn it over
if the lights dim alot......have the alternator tested.

its a major bummer when it wont start....but its a common thing. testing is free. if u know how to turn wrenches a bit, u can save lotsa $$$$$$$. what happens it the alt. wont charge the batt, so the car runs off batt. power alone. there isnt enough juice to run it for long so it dies. many times without warning. the gauges and lts still work for a bit and it turns over......but its dead. make sure the battery is tested/charged fully/and in good shape, or it will kill the new alt.

a new alt is between $180-280, and ONLY use a BOSCHE alternator. i dont care what anybody says....ONLY BOSCHE. its a BMW, not a ford...love it.

oh, if the lights dont dimm when u turn the car over...it could be the starter....
let us know how the test goes....we can all heal you with problem solving, and even tell u how to fix it yourself if needed....
saves over $300 if u swap an alt urself.

Mark
Speedy-325is is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2004, 02:21 PM   #8 (permalink)
JAX
Neutral Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Denmark
Car:
Posts: 91
Photos:
JAX is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via MSN to JAX
Hey Speedy-325is , it's called BOSCH not BoschE and yes , you are right , the alternator (my generator) might be gone also.
__________________
--== 316i Cupe / 325TDS Engine ==-- <br> --------------183 HP----------- </br>-- == JAX the RiPPeR == --
JAX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2004, 02:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
n00b
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Car:
Posts: 5
Photos:
jakebmw1995 is an unknown quantity at this point
thanks guys,,,,i really preciate the input, i am thinking it is the alternator and the ignition module than. It sounds like too much money, it is not worth it...i am gonna probably get rid of it for around 1000.00$. I have to change the interior carpet too so, it is not worth it anymore...time to buy a new one.
jakebmw1995 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2004, 05:00 PM   #10 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
Speedy-325is's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Pole Position #1
Car:
Posts: 1,458
Photos:
Speedy-325is is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to Speedy-325is Send a message via MSN to Speedy-325is Send a message via Yahoo to Speedy-325is
Quote:
Originally posted by JAX@Nov 19 2004, 02:21 PM
Hey Speedy-325is , it's called BOSCH not BoschE and yes , you are right , the alternator (my generator) might be gone also.
[snapback]233940[/snapback]
ghead Doh! typing faster than my brain again........
Speedy-325is is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2004, 05:05 PM   #11 (permalink)
JAX
Neutral Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Denmark
Car:
Posts: 91
Photos:
JAX is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via MSN to JAX
Want more pics with the chicks on your avatar
__________________
--== 316i Cupe / 325TDS Engine ==-- <br> --------------183 HP----------- </br>-- == JAX the RiPPeR == --
JAX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2004, 05:09 PM   #12 (permalink)
5th Gear Member
 
Speedy-325is's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Pole Position #1
Car:
Posts: 1,458
Photos:
Speedy-325is is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to Speedy-325is Send a message via MSN to Speedy-325is Send a message via Yahoo to Speedy-325is
have to ask my g/f.... she gave it to me.
prolly not though....sorry.

Mark
Speedy-325is is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E36)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
H&R Cup on an E36 Convertible RJHD3 3-Series (E36) 7 10-19-2005 01:34 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:02 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.