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1996 BMW 328i CAR

CAR WON'T STAY RUNINNG,BOGS DOWN LIKE IT'S OUT OF GAS.HALF OF TANK OF GAS,JUST WON'T STAY RUNNING.

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  • MARTIN99 Jun 16, 2008

    HEY WILDBILL, THE CAR WILL START AND RUN ,BUT AFTER 3-5 MINUTES OF RUNNING IT LOSES POWER AND WON'T START.THEN I HAVE TO LET IT SET FOR A COUPLE OF HRS BEFORE I HAVE TO REPEAT IT ALL OVER AGAIN.BUT LET ME TELL U THIS. IT STARTED WHEN I RAN OUT OF GAS,THAT'S WHEN IT STARTED ACTING UP.

  • Bill Bellomy
    Bill Bellomy May 11, 2010

    Hi Martin!

    Answer this for me --- Does it die abruptly, or does it start okay but then gradually lose power, like a clockspring unwinding, until it won't run at all?? Any other symptoms or repair history items that might be pertinent?

    Thanks!

    -WildBill

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Where is the air low meter located in the 2000 BMW 328i please

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I had this happen with my Honda Accord... So we sold it dirt cheap to a neighbor. They were nice enough to stop by one day and say it was nothing big. "A leak in the fuel line" It did exactly what you are describing! Would start fine drive a little ways, then clunk like it was out of gas. Sometimes might even try to start again.. usually after 30mins- 2 hrs would do the same thing.  Crazy!!
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Hi Martin-

Sounds like the catalytic converter has become blocked and causing pressure to build up in the exhaust system to the point the engine can't run.

We used to stuff raw potatoes into tail pipes of our rival's cars as kids, causing the same problem or the shooting of raw potao projectiles from tailpipes!

Martin, it's time for a new catalytic converter!

I could tell you to take a long drill bit and perforate the converter's honeycomb structure several times through the converter's exhaust pipe fitting holes, but that would be illegal, so I'm NOT going to suggest that. We don't advocate any illegal actions here at FixYa.com!

Martin, hope this helps you solve your problem, be so kind as to rate my help, ad good luck with the Beemer!

Thanks!
-WildBill

Posted on Jun 16, 2008

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    Bill Bellomy Jul 18, 2008

    Martin-



    I overlooked the part about running out of gas... When you run the tank that low, all the accumulated debris in the tank becomes concentrated and can clog filters and the little screen in the fuel pump pick-up, causing fuel delivery to fall short of what's needed... This doesn't normally show up as you've described... it's normally more of a constant problem... but it IS possible for it to behave as you described... Check your fuel filters (I believe there are two) and add a can of Berryman's B-12 to your next fill-up (Don't get that on your paint!!! It'll strip it!).. The Berryman's will dissolve any gun-ups in the fuel system AND clean your injectors! Let us know how that goes!

    -WildBill

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CHECK YOUR AIR FILTER IS GOOD TO GO AND CLEAN THEN GET YOUR AIRFLOW METER CHECKED OUT

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