Car won't start again! - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
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.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 02-24-2004, 11:46 PM
What? No Autobahn?
 
jrhaile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Spokane, Wa
Posts: 3,525
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile
(Thread Starter)
Yeah okay so a month ago, car wouldn't start... ended up being that my sparkplugs/wires were covered in oil and some other shit... so at that time I replaced, cleaned up and fixed a minor oil leak... car has been awesome until this morning...Had my car on and warming up this morning and then I turned it off and went back inside for maybe 20 seconds... came back out and nothing.. car will turn over and it gets to the point where it sounds like it's going to start but doesn... so I let it sit all day until about 2 hours ago and tried it again thinking maybe it's flooded or something because that's what it sounds like when it's trying to start...still nothing, same sound from engine... so I checked the fuel pump and it works fine... I took off the manifold and checked the wires and plugs and those are fine and have no oil or anything preventing them from getting a spark... so now that's where my talent on working on cars runs out... I'm lost! What can I check! Also I should mention, when I had my plugs and wires fixed a month ago, I also had my mass air flow sensor replaced...

Any ideas? This is a 95 325i

jrhaile is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 02-25-2004, 10:30 AM
ex owner/admin
 
Furious's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Toronto-Canada
Posts: 10,839
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious
Send a message via AIM to Furious
hmm, so you are getting spark? have your tried to test for spark?

Furious is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 02-25-2004, 08:34 PM
What? No Autobahn?
 
jrhaile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Spokane, Wa
Posts: 3,525
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile
(Thread Starter)
I haven't checked for with the plugs and wires being less then a month old they couldn't have gone bad again could they?

jrhaile is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 02-25-2004, 08:48 PM
n00b
 
zizux's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
zizux is an unknown quantity at this point
My gf's car won't start either, It had an injector take a crap. Or so the local dealer told me.

So I replace the injector, and pulled it into the garage, then she started it later the next day. It ran for a little while then shut off while she was letting it warm up. I messed with it for a while. But I can't figure it out, fuel is showing up, and it sounds like its sparking, WTF could it be?
zizux is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 02-25-2004, 09:15 PM
What? No Autobahn?
 
jrhaile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Spokane, Wa
Posts: 3,525
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile
(Thread Starter)
I don't know but I'm lost... every month I've had an issue ever since it got cold lol... I got this car in july and it worked great up until about late december and then I started having issues....

hey what does the mass air flow sensor do? could this cause my car not to start if it's not working correctly?

jrhaile is offline  
#6 (permalink) Old 02-25-2004, 10:03 PM
ex owner/admin
 
Furious's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Toronto-Canada
Posts: 10,839
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious Furious
Send a message via AIM to Furious
could be your O2 sensor, have you scaned for codes?

Furious is offline  
#7 (permalink) Old 02-26-2004, 12:34 AM
What? No Autobahn?
 
jrhaile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Spokane, Wa
Posts: 3,525
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile
(Thread Starter)
okay the noobie by my name doesn't lie.. I'm a noobie! how do I scan for codes? thanks for responding btw...

jrhaile is offline  
#8 (permalink) Old 02-26-2004, 12:38 AM
Defector
 
El Presidente's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Long Island
Posts: 5,973
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
El Presidente is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to El Presidente
the MAF measures the amount and density of air coming into the engine the DME adjusts the fuel flow accordingly.

Also, this link details how to retrieve your faults and tells you what each means. http://www.europeantransmissions.com/Bulle....BMW/bmwcod.pdf

<span style='color:gray'><span style='font-family:Courier'>1995 e36 3 Series RIP
1999 e46 3 Series BURN IN HELL
2000 MR-S Roadster= Current</span></span>
El Presidente is offline  
#9 (permalink) Old 02-26-2004, 01:33 AM
What? No Autobahn?
 
jrhaile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Spokane, Wa
Posts: 3,525
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile jrhaile
(Thread Starter)
that says for 89-94, mine is a 95 will this still work?

jrhaile is offline  
#10 (permalink) Old 02-26-2004, 10:31 PM
2nd Gear Member
 
TECH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 434
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
TECH is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
Originally posted by jrhaile@Feb 25 2004, 10:14 PM
I haven't checked for with the plugs and wires being less then a month old they couldn't have gone bad again could they?
Wires?

How do you know the fuel pump is working fine?
TECH is offline  
#11 (permalink) Old 02-26-2004, 10:34 PM
2nd Gear Member
 
TECH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 434
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
TECH is an unknown quantity at this point
Sometimes those engine do flood, and I believe that it might be the idle valve sticiking closed, which would starve the engine of air at idle, and it would flood........that's a theory anyway.
Pull the fuel pump fuse, floor the gas pedal, and crank it over for a few seconds.
Put the fuel pump fuse back in and see if it'll start.
If not, floor it until it does......if it does.

And, no, flooring it won't flood it, assuming it's flooded already. You are letting more air in, which purges the fuel.
TECH is offline  
#12 (permalink) Old 02-26-2004, 11:35 PM
Defector
 
El Presidente's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Long Island
Posts: 5,973
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
El Presidente is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to El Presidente
the code works on all OBD1 cars, including 95

<span style='color:gray'><span style='font-family:Courier'>1995 e36 3 Series RIP
1999 e46 3 Series BURN IN HELL
2000 MR-S Roadster= Current</span></span>
El Presidente is offline  
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)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help E39 Won't Start SKT174 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 12 07-25-2009 10:03 AM
Car Won't Start - Help - Fuel Pump Relay? e36is 3-Series (E36) 24 09-08-2005 05:51 PM
'93 325i Won't Start 86VFR750R 3-Series (E36) 3 12-05-2004 08:32 AM
Why Won't She Start? nicolecass81 3-Series (E36) 4 11-09-2004 05:38 PM
325I won't start in heavy SUNLIGHT 325iconverted 3-Series (E21, E30) 3 07-09-2004 12:15 AM

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

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome