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Old 01-16-2005, 10:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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On Dec. 22 I left for the holidays and returned on the 28th with the flu. I was in bed until yesterday (the 15th) so I didn't need my car. It has sat outside, and hasn't been started for the past 25 days. Today I felt well enough to visit the girlfriend while she was in her studio, it's about 1 mile from my place. The car started on the first turn of the key, and I drove to her studio and parked in the garage. I was there for about 3 hours or so. Upon leaving the car again started fine, but as soon as I pulled out onto the street it began to give me issues. Heres what it does:

While sitting at a light it will stall.

While driving it will hesitate / register low rpm's to the point it almost stalls, but it will recover if i put the gas pedal to the floor.

Upon returning to my place and putting it in park it ran for about 30 seconds, then stalled.
After restating it, it ran for 30 seconds and stalled. It did this repeatedly.

Any Ideas? I left it with 1/4 tank of gas , so I think it may be moisture in the fuel system, but I'm not positive.

The car in question is a 96 318ti California edition

Any ideas / suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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That sounds like a clear sign of moisture in the system... just fill her up.. and hope it goes away... thats what I'd do...


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