I have had trouble with the fuel pump every winter because it is old and appears to freeze over. Because of this I have to try to start it over and over again, which then drains the battery. This last time I drained the battery before the pump became warm. I got a jump and with a bit of work, it eventually started. Then, after getting done with the place that we were trying to get to, the car starts barely and then a smokey smell hits the inside of the car. Still, it started, so I went home. I let the car run a bit thinking that I may have drained the battery too much. Then I shut the car off. On a whim, I tried to start the car again and that is when I got the clicking sound every time I try to turn the car over. Did I fry the starter? If so, where is it in this car and what do I do?
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Have you swapped the fuel pump relay with another ?
Its normal for the traction control light to come on if the check engine light is also on.
Have you checked the engine computer for trouble codes ?
Best advice I can give you is to change your oil and anti-freeze. Anti-freeze will break down over time and if you have old anti-freeze over winter, it will go bad, same with the oil. You should also add a fuel preservative into your gas. It will help prevent oxidizing within your fuel system which will prevent any rusting that could harm the engine. Id also recommend, if you plan on driving it any time, to get a battery charger of some sort. Even if the car isnt running, it is still drawing on the battery to maintain several different things. Lastly, Id suggest moving the car every now and then, as the tires will develop flat spots from sitting still for too long. Ill link you a page with some helpful information as well. Hope this was of use to you!
You'll have to figure out if it is a fuel or ignition problem. Is the check engine light on ? Have you checked for trouble codes ? It could be a relay, the ignition module, coil, key switch, or a list of other things.
On newer cars I have seen them crank over but not fire if the battery is too low. If the battery gets to low and below 32 degrees it can freeze and ruin it but still have enough power to run lights, pump, etc. If the car will start with jumper cables, I would have a load test done on the battery right away. Most parts stores will do this for free.
many times if the car was parked the last time overheated and also low on fuel the fuel can boil in the fuel rail and the lines the resultigair pockets before the fuel pump picks up mkes the car miss( no fuel or not enough to a few cyclinders or even the injectors leaked a little after it was shut off. both ways it'll miss when started back. It's possible you live in an area that shifts gas from winter to summer and back the winter gas in hot tempertures will do this. The check engine light can be reset with a scanner. Codes po420 or other mixture codes may appear. ( happens alot this time of year as the fuel switch over to winter gas is happening. as soon as your car ( tunes to the new forulation ) It might not do it again. The winter gas works well in cooler days but it does what you pointed out on hot days.
Most common problems on E46 is fuel pump and vacuum leaks from old hoses. Get a wireless OBD adapter and OBD Fusion code reader app, read the trouble codes and freeze frame data. If your long term fuel trims are high (>10%) then it's running lean and likely vacuum leak.
Fuel pump should be replaced with an OEM Siemens/VDO brand every 100k miles.
It looks like there is starter problem. One wire coming to it is loose or there is a short iside. You turn the ignitions it starts to rotate, wire is coming out and car loosing power. So have the wiring and starter checked. Also might be deposition on battery clemmas.
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