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Old 01-23-2012, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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E36 Starting problem

Hello people,
this is my first post here and unfortunately it is a repair question. I have a 95' 325I with starting problem.
I do not think it is the starter as it does try to turn over without the clicking sound. And I tried jumping it with a neighbors car to no avail. could it be an injector problem? I will be checking the charge next as the battery is almost 5 years old but terminals are clean and secure. any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-23-2012, 01:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You need to check the spark at ALL six plugs, and determine that fuel is getting into the cylinders, maybe purge any air-lock at the fuel-rail using the "tyre-valve" at the front of the rail !!
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I'll try that once it stops raining for a bit Dabsy. Thank you! I should also say it hasn't been turned on for about a week with cold weather.
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Nice ! Don't forget to have a go at some of my ideas tomorrow, get back here with what you find matey...
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I am not a professional. This is just my opinion. I could be wrong.

Well you need to start with the battery first. If you can check to see if you need to add water to the battery (if it's a servicable one). Then have the battery load tested. (a 5 year old battery....I would suspect that first).

And it also be nice to know if you have an automatic or manual. I'm guessing auto since you did not mention you had to push start it.
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Yeah, just to add to shaun's reply - Check the cables are tight to the alternator and body...
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