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Hard to start my car

I have a 1989 bmw 535i and when i try to start the car it wont start, it cranks and all but does not start i also try presing the gas but that does not help and some times after it starts it sounds like the car has too much gas and it chokes.

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  • george astudillo May 28, 2009

    I changed it all ,last week ,& is fuel injection not carb , thanks anyway

  • Evans St. Romain, Jr.
    Evans St. Romain, Jr. May 11, 2010

    Pumping the gas pedal will flood the engine and it will sputter and choke and stink. Next time put the pedal all the way to the floor ONCE - then try starting it. When was your last tune-up? Sounds like you're past due. You've got a combination of things going on - dirty carburetor / air cleaner, fouled spark plugs, etc.



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Fuel pressure regulator, Happens once and a while. Replace it and the fuel will hold pressure again.

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i think you are saying that you crank it,it starts,then it goes dead over and over again?

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