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Old 04-23-2011, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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E36 318i help please

Hi to you all, my car has been sitting for 6 months while I was serving a DL suspension it was put in storage so I would not drive it. Now I have the car crank it and its puttering and sounds really bad and I had to jump it to get it to work. the next day the battery was dead. the battery and alternator was replaced 1 month before the car was stored so both are brand new does anybody have any clues to what I might need to do just trying to get some ideas before I pay for a diagnostics and might not need to thanks.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am sure when is sputtered you did not drive it so the battery is still low, the sputtering could be from old gas. put some fresh gas in it and drive the car after you jump it again or put the battery on a charger.
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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lots of things can start happening when a car sits with no activity. fuel can be one of them although i doubt that it could have gone bad in only 6 months. i would have a battery and charging test done. after you get it running, it may work itself out. if not, try having a throttle body service done.
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