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OK guys this is my problem: (starting) the car (1994 318i) always started fine since I bought it ( 2 weeks ago) but yesterday it rained and this is what I came to find.... I went in the car to start it up and nothing > battery was dead (but 7 hours earlier it started very well, it was not raining then) So I said to myslef "oh what the hell .... lets get a boost", I called the booster guy, he came and plugged his booster but the car REFUSED to start ....however the electricals worked when his booster was plugged to my battery (wiper, lights etc) but the starter would barely turn ... it will just click and stop ( .....it never cranks the whole way. )

Ok ok ok, I removed the ecu (dme) and dried it nicely, placed it back, tried to start it .... same thing...no start. (with booster pack)

So, I took it to a garage and they said my starter is bad. Also, they pulled out the oil stick and it smells STRONGLY like gasoline. They told me that they will drain the oil, and change the starter. I left the place and said " fix it, I'll be back to morrow" .

Today the garage called and told me they changed the battery and the car cranks ! BUT BUT BUT NO spark !!!! (same old starter). ( How come a new battery cranks it but a booster pack did not? Was the old battery sucking the booster-pack current?


They say they will check the DME tomorrow. Is the DME responsable for giving spark when cranking?

What the hell is wrong with that car?
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OK guys this is my problem: (starting) the car (1994 318i) always started fine since I bought it ( 2 weeks ago) but yesterday it rained and this is what I came to find.... I went in the car to start it up and nothing > battery was dead (but 7 hours earlier it started very well, it was not raining then) So I said to myslef "oh what the hell .... lets get a boost", I called the booster guy, he came and plugged his booster but the car REFUSED to start ....however the electricals worked when his booster was plugged to my battery (wiper, lights etc) but the starter would barely turn ... it will just click and stop ( .....it never cranks the whole way. )

Ok ok ok, I removed the ecu (dme) and dried it nicely, placed it back, tried to start it .... same thing...no start. (with booster pack)

So, I took it to a garage and they said my starter is bad. Also, they pulled out the oil stick and it smells STRONGLY like gasoline. They told me that they will drain the oil, and change the starter. I left the place and said " fix it, I'll be back to morrow" .

Today the garage called and told me they changed the battery and the car cranks ! BUT BUT BUT NO spark !!!! (same old starter). ( How come a new battery cranks it but a booster pack did not? Was the old battery sucking the booster-pack current?


They say they will check the DME tomorrow. Is the DME responsable for giving spark when cranking?

What the hell is wrong with that car?


if the dme gets wet, the car will not start....its some wat of a common prob in E36's

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