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Old 12-11-2011, 10:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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97 528i nightmare!!!!

Hello everyone! I am sure hoping to get some good advice on my issues besides junk it or take it back... Now heres the story... I got this car from a guy who owed me some money and it was completely disassembled under the hood... I had to install the cylinder head intake, etc. I do not know what is missing, etc. I know the sensor next to the crank pulley is missing and the oil level sensor is not plugged in(cant find plug) and the o2s arent plugged in. Now the problem is the car will not turn over.. ive checked all fuses and they are good and if i read correctly it should.turn over with the oil level sensor unplugged... Anybody have any tips or areas to look?
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The Cam sensor is essential as are all the other sensors... These relay information to the ECU to establish its best running situation...
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Yes it will run without oil sensors plugged in but you may get "Engine Warning" light (no panic)...
It will not run without the cam sensor as this relays TDC and signals via the VANOS solenoid to the ECU to create an optimum pulse from the ECU to fire the spark-plugs at the right time !!

Missing connectors? Hunt under the inlet manifold as they are usually hiding in this area...
I will stay with you on this because I have the exact same engine ;-)

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yes, it sounds like if it is the one next to your crank pully, then it would be the crank sensor...go to "oem .com" and save the link as a favorite...then put in the last 7 of your vin number and it will show you every part and sensor on your car and where it goes. oem.com is a great link and you can use the oem part number to get parts from external vendors to make sure you get the right one as they reference the oem part number
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