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My m44 engine in my BMW 318ti wont start, lots of work

Hi so my car wont start, i bought it as a suspected head gasket failure (loss of compression). So far i have had the cyliner head pressure tested and skimmed, replaced the head gasket, replaced the spark plugs and re set the timing (this was done with a home cut template and bolt etc but looks straight). It turnes over and sounds healthy but wont start when your cranking it, fuel is there, the spark is there, its started say maybe 3 times out of 50 on its own but the rest of the time it just cranks over and over.
The strange thing is that it bumpstarts no problem and can be driven but pisses its water out as the raidiator is leaking from the seam so it needs a new one but i dont want to purchase untill iv solved the starting issue.
It drove well when i bump started it for the short distance it went so why is it not starting from the key,

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  • bigjmason Jul 27, 2009

    its only got the single not double battery connection, everything has been cleaned and greesed but still does not fire just turnes over and over and over and wont actually fire



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Bad electrical connection. clean all contacts little bit of grease on surfaces , get rid of double bolt connrction to cabel Battery terminals.

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