E36 325tds - Startup & Power Issues
Where do I start?
6 cyclinder turbo diesel automatic gearbox 160K miles (1996).
It has always started but only after excessive amount of spinning on the starter motor. The time for the engine to fire up is getting longer. After driving for a while and getting it up to normal operating temperature, then switching off, when I re-start it fires up immediately.
There's a distinct lack of power at lower revs.
I have read that this engine has a reputation for the tappets being very noisy when it is warming up. Mine is loud enough to wake up the neighbours half a mile away - sounds like the steel tracks of a battle tank on a cobbled road.
What do these symptoms indicate? Are they inter-related? Where do I start and in what order? Can I fix it with a rubber screwdriver?