Question about 1996 BMW 318

1 Answer

Poor starting problem bmw 318 ti

Occainal starting problems when engine is cold dont beleve its electrical car does eventually start by pumping acselerator car runs perfectly when engine is warm. sometimes afet running for few hours car doesent want to start i thought it may be battery not being charged but it sometimes starts after being left overnight. What can i check

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 67 Answers

WARNING! Always wear protective eyewear, gloves and necessary clothing before inspection or work begins. Never crank an engine over when you are near the battery or engine. A battery is filled with explosive gasses that can ignite when extreme heat or a spark is present. A battery could have residual acid on the outside casing so use caution when handling a battery and the surrounding area. Use baking soda to neutralize any suspected acid residue before work begins.

You can check the car battery using a multimeter or voltmeter an electronic one is preferred , connect the black wire to the negative side (-) and the red to positive , WARNING :DO NOT CROSS THE RED AND BLACK WIRES OR SHORT CIRCUIT THE LEADS OF THE BATTERY OR MULTIMETER YOU CAN GET SERIOUSLY HURT!!!!! you should also get a spare watering can and fill it with water ,  (dont reuse for other purposes for safety) and remove those little tabs (usually around 4 or more) and fill it up very little in each tab/cap make sure you DONT fill it to the top. The good condition of a battery is 12.5 and 12.8 volts on the multmeter and when the car is started it
(not driven just started) should around 14V which shows that your alternater (acts as battery charger when driving) is working properly.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008

  • Tech_PC Nov 14, 2008

    Make sure you replace the caps back on and check the output on voltage when the car is off and on

  • Tech_PC Nov 14, 2008 good guide for battery health , 



2 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

  • 1 Answer

SOURCE: poor starting problem bmw 318 ti They have technical info that may help. Or try . You can ask questions and get answers for free there too.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

I have a bmw 318e m:1989 automatic and i have a problem in gear`s not easy change

either you have a problem with the gearbox oil pump or the converter.

Sep 09, 2012 | 1999 BMW 318 ti

1 Answer

I have a bmw 316 ti compact 02, but is not sparking, and fuel rail sounds like its not working, have just put on a new recond head,its all timed up engine cranks over good,just does not start,is there a...


Dec 28, 2010 | 1999 BMW 318 ti

1 Answer

My 1997 bmw 318 ti keeps over heating

check your hoses see if when runnig they close up,if not loo for vents for letting are out of the system if ther is a air pocket inyour coolant system it willcause the engine to overheat make sure to run the heat when refilling coolant system. if this fails to solve your problem look for a gurgling sound coming from the rad or over flow tank look for this when engine is cold and runnig if you do hear this then you might have a blown head can buy a blown headgasket detection kit from your local auto parts store if you do hear or see this symtom.

Nov 10, 2009 | 1999 BMW 318 ti

2 Answers

BMW wont start - Exhaust emission values have deteriorated light


Sep 05, 2009 | 1999 BMW 318 ti

1 Answer

My bmw 318 ran out of petrol now it wont start i have changed fuel filter

if you can't hear the fuel pump cut in for a couple of seconds, check the fuse. Check the relay, or replace it with a known good one. See if you have power to the fuel pump. If you have power, your fuel pump is in need of replacement.
When you run an electric fuel pump out of gas, you should always cycle it about 10 times before you try to start the engine. That is, turn the key to on for a few seconds, and then off, and repeat. You need to get some fuel up to the engine.

Jun 22, 2009 | 1999 BMW 318 ti

1 Answer

I have a bmw 318 ti 95 my problem is it keeps misfiring and has a poor idol

you may want to check the engine's timing. You may want to check also the spark plugs as it may tell you if you are advanced or not. A black tip spark plug would tell you that the timing is late while a little white is advanced. You need is a light brown color. If there is no problem on the timing you may want to check on the fast idle control valve and pcv if it needs a little cleaning.

Jun 15, 2009 | 1999 BMW 318 ti

1 Answer

Bmw 3 series e46 1999---- fault code 171

171 check, fuel supply system short circuit to b+
Check all positive (b+) fuel system electrical components. Injectors, fuel pump, regualtor, etc.

Apr 05, 2009 | 1999 BMW 318 ti

1 Answer

My bmw 318 model 318 does take long when to start cold

maybe the crank position sensor, long starts are usually due to the fact the computer doesn't know where the NO.1 cylinder is, so he fires at random and eventually he nails it, therefore the car starts.

The crank position sensor tells the computer where the NO.1 piston is at and he knows when to send the spark, but u should have a check engine light on in this case.

Nov 12, 2008 | BMW 318 Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

E46 1.9 M43CU 1999. Cold Starting Problem.

Your Vanos are shot. here's the link to Beisan Systems. They sell a DIY kit to repair the vanos. or Dr. Vanos sells a rebuilt Vanos using the kit from Beisan Systems..... Either solution will address your issuel which one you choose is based on your mecahnical expertise...

Oct 10, 2008 | 1999 BMW 318 ti

1 Answer

Poor starting problem bmw 318 ti They have technical info that may help. Or try . You can ask questions and get answers for free there too.

Jun 14, 2008 | 1997 BMW 318

Not finding what you are looking for?
1996 BMW 318 Logo

459 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top BMW Experts

Anthony Jones
Anthony Jones

Level 2 Expert

128 Answers

Chris Bowser

Level 1 Expert

18 Answers


Level 2 Expert

102 Answers

Are you a BMW Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides