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Old 12-24-2008, 02:36 PM   #1
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Unhappy Stumped

Went out to start my '95 318 yesterday---it started...then stopped and now won't restart. It's too cold to mess around in the driveway so it's at a BMW specialist -- he says compression is good...plugs were wet with gas when he pulled 'em..and he gets a big fat spark.

Anybody want to try long distance disagnosis ??? What are the possibilities ?

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Old 12-30-2008, 09:01 AM   #2
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Nobody wants to take a stab ?
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:20 AM   #3
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simple

The simplest things are usually the culprit. Did you perhaps back up against a snow bank? Is your exhaust pipe packed with snow and ice? This will cause the car to stop after idling for a few seconds, just like having a potato in the pipe.

If there's gas in the cylinders it's probably not a fuel system problem. Since it's a 318, you have a distributor cap and rotors. Try looking there first. Check your plug leads and make sure everything is on tight.

Have you tested your battery?

Might there be ice in the fuel lines? Can you bring the car in someplace warm? If it sits in an above zero garage, and THEN starts up, it was probably ice in your fuel system. Get a gas line antifreeze, change your fuel filter, and that should do it.

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Old 12-30-2008, 10:50 AM   #4
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The simplest things are usually the culprit. Did you perhaps back up against a snow bank? Is your exhaust pipe packed with snow and ice? This will cause the car to stop after idling for a few seconds, just like having a potato in the pipe.

If there's gas in the cylinders it's probably not a fuel system problem. Since it's a 318, you have a distributor cap and rotors. Try looking there first. Check your plug leads and make sure everything is on tight.

Have you tested your battery?

Might there be ice in the fuel lines? Can you bring the car in someplace warm? If it sits in an above zero garage, and THEN starts up, it was probably ice in your fuel system. Get a gas line antifreeze, change your fuel filter, and that should do it.

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No ice/snow in tailpipe....battery is good...still won't start after being in a warm garage... it ran for only a few seconds after starting...then acted like it had no spark/fuel but it has both.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:23 AM   #5
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:08 PM   #6
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Im guessing fuel pump. Mine went out the same way, car started...sputtered and then died
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:14 PM   #7
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Fuel pump

Could indeed be the fuel pump.

If the car is at a BMW specialist, he should be able to tell you what's wrong, non?
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But he's getting fuel...
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Old 12-30-2008, 03:41 PM   #9
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I had a similar problem with my 325 as yours and it was the crankshaft position sensor.
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:02 PM   #10
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+1 crankposition sensor, I have the same problem

Also, check your throttle position sensor.
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I had a similar problem with my 325 as yours and it was the crankshaft position sensor.
Yeah that's what I'm hoping...but I went to the garage today and it was still sitting outside covered in snow. We'll see I guess. Thanks for the suggestions..maybe this guy isn't such a BMW expert. Trouble is I'm in the burbs..and all the GOOD BMW guys are in Montreal...expensive tow!!
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your motor is flooded. pull your fuel pump fuse, crank until it starts, replace fuse and start.
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your motor is flooded. pull your fuel pump fuse, crank until it starts, replace fuse and start.

I wouldn't think so.It started quickly...ran for 5-10 sec then stalled and would not restart...wouldn't even try.

Maybe the guy will get back to it Monday....then maybe the world will end
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its probably flooded by now, you said yourself the spark plugs were wet when you pulled them. if you have spark + fuel, then likely your timing is off, which, as several people in this thread have posted, points to CPS or the like.
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its probably flooded by now, you said yourself the spark plugs were wet when you pulled them. if you have spark + fuel, then likely your timing is off, which, as several people in this thread have posted, points to CPS or the like.
Well we'll see hopefully tomorrow - you're right, the plugs were wet so it appears the fuel pump and injectors are working. I'll keep everyone up to date...if you care
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