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#1 (permalink) Old 04-30-2006, 12:27 AM
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My car cranks, but won't start?!

I drive a '92 325i, and last night I washed my car on the driveway and when I tried starting it to pull it back into the garage it cranks but would NOT start. So today thought I'd replace the Main/DME(white) relay, which btw pulled a code of it(dme relay) weeks ago, and so I ran to the dealer and got one. Popped it in and still would not start

on the side: I noticed when I turn the ignition into the ON position the ABS light would turn on, flicker twice fast, and goes off. That's not normal is it?
Also I don't hear my fuel pump go on, when it's in the ON position. Fuel pump relay maybe? too bad the dealer doesnt stock those.

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I drive a '92 325i, and last night I washed my car on the driveway and when I tried starting it to pull it back into the garage it cranks but would NOT start. So today thought I'd replace the Main/DME(white) relay, which btw pulled a code of it(dme relay) weeks ago, and so I ran to the dealer and got one. Popped it in and still would not start

on the side: I noticed when I turn the ignition into the ON position the ABS light would turn on, flicker twice fast, and goes off. That's not normal is it?
Also I don't hear my fuel pump go on, when it's in the ON position. Fuel pump relay maybe? too bad the dealer doesnt stock those.

Help plz!
are you getting a spark? or is there no fuel delivered?
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Check to see if the DME is wet.

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DME? as in the actual ECU behind the firewall? I've washed my car so many times and never had this problem, but I hope it's not wet. I'll have to check on that one and if its getting spark.
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It's easy to check and would eliminate one factor. And you said it wouldn't start after washing.

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Really check your DME because it was a problem until 97 I believe when BMW corrected that problem. It may be that because even though you washed it yourself, water might have been accumulating there and finally did you in. Anyway that's my .02
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would it still crank if its wet? i didnt think it would, thats why i didnt sugest that first...
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..pulled the DME out tonight and disassembled it. It wasn't wet, but it DID GOT WET! and is now corroded






I'm gonna be calling around J-yards and see if they have any DME's laying around for me. That, and might take it to a local BMW specialist shop. Anyone recommend a place to get a new/used DME?

..gnna need the car up and running ASAP!
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ok like I said above ^ ..well none of the local junkyards have a computer for my car. Judging by the pics above it looks shot.

Can any of you recommend where to get a used DME computer?

Im in college and cant afford to shell out $1Gs on a new one..
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look at Bimmer magazine. they sell it at any Barnes & Noble store. I think they have an ad on used DME's
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Hmmm look at this still close to the outrageous price. Is good to look around.

http://www.vertexauto.com/index.php?...tail&sk=197779
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Oh wow the price on that one is still on the outrageous side : still wayy too much for me but thanks for looking anyway. Btw, The cheapest one I've found yet is $400 +shipping.. hmmm should I just jump on that one..
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http://www.usedbmwparts.com/

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http://www.activeauto.com/

if not google it for used parts
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www.car-parts.com.

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Oh wow the price on that one is still on the outrageous side : still wayy too much for me but thanks for looking anyway. Btw, The cheapest one I've found yet is $400 +shipping.. hmmm should I just jump on that one..

id jump on it! btw your cars purdy...
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