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'92 BMW 318 doesn't start

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?

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  • Anonymous May 20, 2008

    My BMW 2000 320i, when i switched the engine on, it never ran, only gave all the lights and warnings on the dash board and then went off without the engine running.It has never done this before, and never had any problem with this car.

    I did this for say 5 times then the engine started running.after that this problem never occured.

    what would have been the possible problem.


  • khwapha Jun 16, 2008

    I have a 97 316i it just cranks but does not start. Spark is ok, injectors fine & compression is ok as well. fuel pump ok but still no engine running. bI habe asked swaziland dealer to check DCE unit( Computer box ) and the say its ok. Please help.

  • Anonymous Jun 16, 2008

    i have a 1994 bmw 316, and dont get any answers when i try to start it.

  • Anonymous Aug 11, 2008

    The same problem. battery new, starter is new, egn. switch is o.k., could it be
    clutch starter switch ?

  • Randy Allen Aug 20, 2008

    i have a 1990 BMW 535i. My car will not turn over when hot or if the voltage is not above 12.4 volts.I have had this problem for some time now. Its progressively gotten worse. I would notice that when it doesn't start even with 12.6 volts in the battery when hot. If i hook up my battery charger to it or get a jump from someone it would swing with no problem. If i fully charge my battery to where it says 13 volts, it would work with no problem, Once the battery stabilizes to 12.4, no start. I have since changed the starter and the problem still exists. i've also changed the battery and alternator. I've read that maybe a bad fusible link, but i cked that and it seams fine. Im stumped on this one, someone help!!!

  • hamza DH
    hamza DH Jan 08, 2009

    its easy just check the wire next the engine pan there earth wire cleen it or chang it


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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


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Need 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.

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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

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  • gaz Jan 13, 2010

    but the car does not turn over it cant be the fuel pump becouse it would turn over third click of the key nothing but all the ignition works? im proper pickled


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Either your ignition switch is bad or you have a short some where. If that's not it email me at i may have some more solutions.

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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 :)

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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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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)

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