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Old 01-29-2009, 07:47 PM   #1
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car does not want to start in cold weather

i have a 1998 318ti and it is haveing great trouble starting when the motor is cold and when the tempeture is below -5 if its above that(-5) car starts no problem, when the car does start it stinks of gas and idles like shit(once agin only in cold outside tempature). recently i have been starting the car with my foot all the way down on the gas and the car starts quickly that way BUT still idles like crap which leads me to think i have a crap throttle postioning sensour, i just want some more opions be4 i go waste money thank you
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:27 PM   #2
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no one has any ideas at all?
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:24 PM   #3
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Could be a ton of different things, don't go wasting money on trying to figure it out. Visit one of the forums mechanics and the problem will be solved.
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:46 PM   #4
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yeah cuz takeing it to a mechanic is soo much cheaper and actually it can't be too many god dam things considering the situation i was just curious if anyone eles had encountered a situation like this it is called the E36 tech help section not the goto a mechanic section
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:41 PM   #5
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pull a spark plug, see if it is all wet. If it is, your car is flooding or running too rich, in which case, check your coolant temperature sensor.
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Old 02-07-2009, 08:24 AM   #6
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I'd say battery. Take your battery to Parts Source they will test it out.
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Old 02-07-2009, 11:55 AM   #7
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hahaha he works at partsource.. and its not battery
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have the same problem but i dont see why the coolant temp sensor got to do with it
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:38 PM   #9
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All the DME's start fueling and cold enrichment calculations are based on coolant temperature. That sensor isn't just there for the guage.
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:46 PM   #10
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mine's the fuel pump,now it starts no problem
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:29 PM   #11
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i appericate all the USFULL information all u guys have provided and i as well think its the collant temp sensour i was just woundring if anyone eles had any other sudgesstions and it can't be the fuel pump the car WHEN WARM runs Great thank you for all your help
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