Question about 1996 BMW 318
The battery is new and the starter is new, but we get no response when turning the key. What should we do or look for next?
My 316ti won't start. Battery is good as we had that checked out. Jump starts ok but then after around 24hours it won't start again
Posted on Apr 07, 2010
more info....Does the engine turn over? Or do you get absolutely no response?
Did the car operate correctly and then all of a sudden not work? Or was the
starting problem getting worse and worse? If you get no response, I would
'hot wire' the starter to make sure it works. Run a positive and negative
wire directly from the battery to the starter. If it turns over, you got a
wiring problem, either the starter wires or the battery connections. If the
starter turns over and it won't start - you have to find out if it is a fuel
problem or an electrical problem. You can get a tester from any auto parts
store to check if the spark plugs are firing. Just a couple of bucks. If
there is no spark, you got an electrical problem. If the plugs are firing,
you have a fuel problem. Disconnect the fuel line right after the fuel
regulator. Turn the car over to see if fuel is coming out. BE CAREFUL. Let it
squirt into some kind of container - don't let it shoot all over the place.
If you aren't getting fuel, you may need a fuel pump. If you are getting fuel
- do a compression test. You can get a compression tester pretty cheap, or
some places will loan or rent you one. It doesn't really matter too much what
the readings are - but they should all be about the same. If one cylinder is
lower than the others, you may have have a cracked head, broken valve - you
won't know until you get the head off. Even if the pressures are the same -
if this problem was creeping up on you, in other words it got harder and
harder to start - it could be worn out rings. How many miles on the car? I
could be rings if you have very high mileage on it - like 150000 miles.
Posted on May 14, 2008
PLEASE HELP!! bmw 316 e3g all electrics work but when i try start the car there is no response and also sometimes the wipers come on when trying to start and now the indicators have stoped working??? oh and the fuel guage stoped working but last night the car was working fine turned it off then this morning this is what happend. thanks in advance
Posted on Jan 13, 2010
I think it's fuel pump i have same problem but i got last thing to change the fuel pump after long drive and i'll start the engine if it's not working i'll change the fuel pump if it's working mean that problem was from the fuel pump easy man :)
Posted on Jun 05, 2009
Considering the battery is in the trunk its pretty hard to run jumpers to starter-is this a stick or auto?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: '92 BMW 318 doesn't start
More info needed. Is this a stick or automatic transmission? Check to see if you get power at the starter "trigger" wire (small wire on the front of the starter) If you don't, you might have a bad neutral safety switch (automatic) or a bad clutch safety switch (manual trans). You could also have a bad starter relay (under dash, left of steering column)
Posted on Jun 25, 2008
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