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|3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.|
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Originally Posted by Gator
"1. its not gettin a spark for one reason or another, or its something with the fuel delivery (injectors/pump, etc.)"
If the car has not been run for many months, the gas could have turned bad and gummed up the fuel injection system.
"2. would a faulty valve cover gasket cause a cylinder to lose compression?"
A faulty valve cover gasket would not cause a cylinder to lose compression. However a plug well filled with oil might cause the plug to misfire.
"3. how do i ground a plug to test it?"
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES ground the plug to test it. The Bently manual has a "Warning - If a spark plug test is done incorretly, damage to the ECM or ignition coils may result"
In addition, the voltage to the spark plud is NOT 12 volts. The coil steps the voltage up from 12v to 15,000-20,000 volts. A shock from the plug would
knock you clear across the garage and might even kill you. Take it to a garage or buy a spark plug tester made for the job.
In general I would say you are in over your head and would probably do better to have a professional deal with it.
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