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Old 06-06-2004, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My lovely BMW broke down after I poured chevron injector cleaner to the gas tank. What do u think about the injector cleaner, is it harmful, or it is actually useful. I can't get my car started, it has been 2 days, the day before, it was running smooth. The battery is fine, I have changed the battery but it didn't help at all. This is really frustrating, when I turn the key to get it started, the normal sound like when we all try to start the engine comes out, but the car is still off. Has anybody ever experianced this kind of situation? Has anybody got any suggestion what sould I do? I hope there's nothing big going on with my car, I just love my BMW so much as you all do
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Spark, fuel, oxygen. You need all of them for the car to run. One of these components is missing.

So the car turns over? Check and see if you're getting a spark, you might just need new spark plugs.

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Fuel PUMP.
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Old 06-07-2004, 01:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I had the same problem. I replaced spark plugs. my car still would not start so what i did was prayed choke cleaner in the throtle body and it worked turned back on with no problem what so ever.
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Old 06-07-2004, 02:21 AM   #6 (permalink)
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hello friend,
wow u are in luck!! first of all, not to sound rude or anything, but u should've read ur owners manual, and a bentley manual as well, (don't add fuel additives)(knowledge is power), but u are pretty smart for putting up this issue on the forum, i will give u that much credit, so anyway,, now for the details::

problem: faulty fuel pump
solution: go to junk yard and get the replacement pump, (make sure all of the wiring and float is there), (like it came from the car), don't just get the pump and have to do all of the solder work, its harder that way.. btw, i did mine on a full tank,, haha, that was not fun, but overall its easy enough....anyway, i am happy that i fixed ur problem, why?? it happenned to me as well,, oh well, what can u do?? learning lesson, eh?? and... one more note, if u could find out the ultimate rootcause for this issue, i would deeply appreciate it, maybe a material issue/design issue. if ur nice enough, u will find out for me and give me the data,, ok??
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no prob, I will do that asap I fix the car. Do u really think that I can get the fuel pump in the junk yard? Or does anybody know how much does it cost for a new fuel pump? Is it costly....?? No more fuel additive for my car!!
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Old 06-07-2004, 05:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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So adding a fuel injector cleaner is fine? And do I have to wait till the tank is bone dry to do it, or just nearing E?
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Old 06-07-2004, 05:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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iantosca: didnt you read the thread?
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I read it, but maybe he just had a faulty fuel pump from the start
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i was about to go buy some too!!!!!

DON'T ADD fuel additives
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shit! too late for me, i just added some synthetic valvoline fuel injector cleaner . It actually runs better with good response and some added pep. No problems so far, I hope.
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I use it in mine sparingly. As for when to add it, check the makers directions.
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Fuel additives in almost every other car is fine, why not ours? Oil additives on the other hand are very bad... very very very bad. So what could fuel additives do to a fuel pump that would cause it to break?
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I attended a BMW conference where Chevron was a special guest. They did demonstrations with Techron and most drivers swore by it as well...I've been using Techron and everything's been fine. I started when it had 20k and now I have 102K...still no problems and I think it helps my fuel efficiency.
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