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Old 01-22-2007, 04:40 PM   #1
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trouble starting in cold weather

its seems that my 318is really doesnt like the cold, i have to try starting the car like 10times before i can finally get it to start, this doesnt happen when the engine is warm tho, only when its cold what could this be from?
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Old 01-22-2007, 05:39 PM   #2
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Old 01-22-2007, 06:10 PM   #3
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this could be a number of things, my first suggestion would be to have your cars starting/charging system checked out, alot of places do it for free (simple check-ups using the battery tester)
could be anything from weak battery, to a dieing starter, even as mentioned above, too thick of a grade oil......
hope that helps !
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Old 01-22-2007, 09:40 PM   #4
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Old 01-23-2007, 07:34 AM   #5
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^^ just my 0.02 cents..

-look into your cold start aux. valve (dont know if the m44/m42 still have them but worth a look)

-Fuel pump/Fuel filter (when you put the ignition to just before starting the engine do you hear the fuel pump?)

- vacuum lines, make sure they are not leaking.
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Old 01-23-2007, 09:07 AM   #6
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Like everyone said, maybe your oil is to thick, go to a 10W or a 5W for the winter. Or try and see if you have a block heater if not, get one. Think they are around $50-60 at the dealer.
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Old 01-23-2007, 10:09 AM   #7
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1) The manual says to step half down on the gas and crank for 5-15 seconds (not more than 15 seconds at a time) when its under 15 degrees. Then give it a few revs as soon as it catches. Doing this a lot is pretty hard on your car though

2) What everyone else suggests

3) Look into getting one of those blankets to keep your battery warm

4) Put your car in a garage or indoor carpark if possible
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Old 01-23-2007, 10:38 PM   #8
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thanks for all the help guys scchow, ya thats the only way i could get it to start is if i step half down on the gas then giv it a few revs after it catches, but this only works after a few tries im gonna look into changing my oil, and i think my car just needs a tune up in general, i havent had one since i bought it in the summer
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Old 01-24-2007, 05:45 AM   #9
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Hey Tig,

Does it sound like a dead battery? I was having similar problem and was going crazy to find it and it ended up being that the trunk light was staying on and draining my battery. Just a thought.

For motor oil, check out this stuff

http://www.worldsbestoil.ca/0w30-ams...ne-engines.php

This is what I use in my car. It's the best you can get. Makes for much easier cold weather starting. Better on the engine too.

You can also go with this one

http://www.worldsbestoil.ca/5w30-sae-motor-oil-asl.php#

a bit cheaper but still better than anything else out there.

I'm a dealer for Amsoil and can get it at dealer cost for you. PM if you're interested (posting prices violates dealer agreement).

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Old 01-24-2007, 09:39 AM   #10
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No worries. Hope it all works out.
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