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Old 06-20-2005, 07:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 1985 535i drove just great at noon. Parked it and shut it off. Came out after work and it turns over but no fuel to the engine (I know it's fuel because I can usually smell it anyway, and now no smell at all in the engine compartment).

So ... my first guess is fuel pump - is that a good bet?

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Old 06-21-2005, 12:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Fuel pump, clogged fuel line, possibly just the fuse for the fuel pump.
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When you get the fuel pump or whatever fix get the smell of fuel under the bonnet checked before it goes up in flames
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sometimes if you tap on the fuel pump relay, if the relay is starting to go bad you can get it to start so you can atleast get it home or wherever you need.
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This doesnt make sense.
There should ALWAYS be residual fuel pressure in the line - enough to start the car for sure.

Perhaps all that time you were smelling fuel, you had a fuel leak (very dangerous) and either a relay, pump or fuse has bit the dust and the leak has let out enough pressure to not allow the car to start.

As someone above has said, get the smell checked out immediately - then diagnose.
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When you do put fuel into it does it run well? If it does I doubt the fuel pump. That smell uhh.....isnt a good sign. Take it to a shop, this is a serious issue.
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