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e36 325i non vanos will not start! need help!!
Hi i brought a 325i se non vanos on h reg couple weeks later overheated as headgasket blew in corner so lost all water along the road i replaced my head gasket myself although i didnt have timing tool set all seamed well got job done started first time but when i reved the car a horrible noise started to come in from 2000rpm and got louder the more i accelerated. i had several mechanics listen to it (im not mechanic just a have a go hero lol) but each mechanic said it sounded like either a dry chain or tensioner and possibly sound would go away when oil circulates either way i drove for a day all good other than noise but after 50miles i knew it wernt goin away so i visited local bmw specialist and asked thier opinion the first mechanic said tensioner or chain but then another mechanic interupted and garunteed the timing slighty out and that was problem to noise so sure he lent me the tool to set it right so on my way home with tool and feeling happy i stopped for red light as i stopped engine died nether to start again. also no bad symptoms just died so up to yet ive tried the following.....
i set timing properly with timing tool making sure cyclinder1 was tdc and the tdc marks on cams where facing up.
i compression tested car every cyclinder is 200<210psi.
i checked i had spark to each coil and plug
i got electrical tester and checked each injector and fuel pumps all were powering up
also checked inlet manifold for cracks etc.. found nothing wrong
every time i try start it it turnes over sucking through inlet every 20seconds or so it will backfire through inlet then suck again but it will start every couple of turns but dies straight back off after 3/4 seconds also when it does start ive tried reving it but no response like my throttle wernt even connected i really dont know what to try next any help will be much appreciated thanks j