3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
2006 BMW 330i - Replaced starter and now car not running good
We had a bad starter so we replaced it ourselves. We have a mechanic that walked us through the steps - taking everything apart, keeping up with what goes where and being careful not to break anything. We got the new starter in and put everything back together.
Now instead of starting on the first touch, we have to hold the button until it starts. Once it does start, it idles roughly. When put into gear, it takes off very slow like it is starting in 2nd gear (this is an automatic) and it won't switch out - RPMS will go up to 3000-4000 but still will not switch. Now I am stuck only going 40-45 mph. Would the problem be because we disconnected the battery - i had one person tell me the car would need to be reprogrammed? Would that cause the car to drive this way? Should I take it to have everything reset? Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated.
Any chance that some of the sensor connectors have been dislodged or pinched in the change over process? It sounds like the Engine Management System isn't happy with something. Check that all the wiring is where it is supposed to be (some connectors can fit in the wrong place), and firmly connected.
Will the engine rev freely in neutral?
Can you manually select first when you go to take off, or does the system push it back to 2nd?
We double checked to make sure everything was connected right and it looks to be so. When driving, it is like it starts in 2nd and cannot be made to start in first or go in any higher gear.
We called the BMW shop and they said since the battery was disconnected, the whole system would need to come in and be reset. They said it does affect how the whole car reacts - like it in safe mode until everything is reset.
Do you know if the Bavarian tool would reset this or is this something special that the dealer has to do?
As we are doing more of the repairs ourselves, we are looking to invest in the Bavarian tool and the Bentley repair book. If this tool will reset the system, we will go ahead and get now instead of spending $177 for BMW to reset.
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