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#1 (permalink) Old 06-28-2004, 08:51 AM
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I own an E36 325TD.

Since I bought the car I have had problems with starting the car when it has been left overnight. I have installed 6 new heater plugs and this has had no effect. This only happens if the car is facing up a hill. If the car is facing down a hill she will start first time everytime.

Another thing if the car has been driving for a couple of miles then she will also start first time.

I would appreciate any information about this problem or any feedback from anyone who has suffered this problem

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Maybe a bad diesel pump is the cause. I am not so into diesel engines but it might be the solution! Search at the FAQ forum too.


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sounds like fuel isn't reaching its destination. Tilt the car backwards(uphill) and the fuel will run away from the pump? Point it down forwards (downhill) and then the fuel will run towards the pump...it makes legitimate sense. So you may want to get the fuel pump checked out. Let it sit, the fuel will trickle out of the lines whereas starting it again after just driving it, there is still fuel left in the lines as it hasn't had a chance to dissapate.

I don't know for sure, but do you have to wait a moment between turning the key, then actually starting the ignition? My friends diesel truck requires about 5-6 seconds before actually starting the truck. Turn the key to the battery position and a little light comes on and says "wait to start" then shuts off telling you to start the truck at that point. Maybe that pumps fuel to its destination to start...this is just an idea???

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I don't know for sure, but do you have to wait a moment between turning the key, then actually starting the ignition? My friends diesel truck requires about 5-6 seconds before actually starting the truck. Turn the key to the battery position and a little light comes on and says "wait to start" then shuts off telling you to start the truck at that point. Maybe that pumps fuel to its destination to start...this is just an idea???
Blanton, that's for pre-heating the cylinders with the glow sparks.

The diesel pump is installed against the engine block and should get the diesel from a lower level to above. When there's a bad valve inside, or an air leak starting might be a problem when the nose is uphill.

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ahhhh, very interesting. I never knew that. Thats why I love this damn forum. People know so much stuff. Thanks a lot Dutch!

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