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E36 help

alrite folks this is the story

on tuesday the car wasnt ideln right, so its the air intake, so i checked the filter, it aint 2 bad, so i left the air box open so it not closed fully, the car idels right. once i put the air box back down the car wudnt stay runin she would just bout 2 cut out so i didnt keep tryin it cause i didnt want to sarve if o air. so i wat i did was un plug the air folw meter lead and the car starts and idels right, but u cant drive it without it being connected as it got no power and fucks and jerks about.

so i have come to the conclusion that its either the ecu or air flow meter?

so a tricked i picked up from working at cars was disconnect the negative battery cable, it usaly kinda clears the ECU.

but i put the cable back on to the battery nopw it wont even start , all it does is when u turn the key the lights will come on but no go all it does is flash the hazzards.

so i think its the imboliser now, but i think i need the the ECU reset

but all help wud be great

cheers folks, sorry for the the bit of a book above

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what year is your e36?

disconnecting battery to erase codes and reset ECU only works with cars 1995 and below... 1996 and newer cars you need a scanner to clear codes.

but in your no-start case... i would say go back to the connector wires on the MAF. carefully clean them, reconnect and try again.

Take a closer look at your filter box... you might have a blockage in the intake box itself(before the filter)

**you said: "all it does is when u turn the key the lights will come on but no go all it does is flash the hazzards."

Upon reconnection, turn off ignition to OFF. close all doors(windows up). make sure trunk and hood is securely locked; and lock the car from the driver's side.

Wait a few minutes, open the door, and start.

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