20 Most Recent 1999 BMW 318 Questions & Answers


The following are the general instructions on the start of diagnosing any electronically controlled engine or transmission problem.

The engine and the automatic transmission (transmission control is only for automatics, engine is still computer controlled no matter the transmission type) in this vehicle are computer controlled and in most cases when a fault occurs a fault code is stored in the memory of the computer control module. There are exception to this, such as the Mass Airflow Meter and fuel pressure problems. What must be done is to have all the basic testing done such as a scan of the system for fault codes as well as a check with a live data scanner tool for engine functions that are not within range of normal, a trained technician is required to know what is correct and what isn't, then based on careful diagnostics done from a factory repair manual the correct part is replaced or the wiring repaired or the computer replaced (known as the PCM or ECM,ECU), which is very rarely the problem. Other basic checks must be done as well such as mechanical problems with the engine as well as engine state of tune and mileage on the engine. The transmission can have mechanical issues as well such as no gear engagement at all or a failed pump or other pressure related problems. Also engine mechanical problems can and do cause many drive-ability related problem such as rough idle and other symptoms.

1999 BMW 318 | Answered on May 17, 2020


Any time a transmission slips, it usually has been
doing so for awhile & there is no fix,has to be rebuilt

1999 BMW 318 | Answered on Apr 06, 2013


look up above your brake pedal and you will see the switch.. It will either between the firewall and the pedal arm (switch moves in when you brake).. Or it will be between the pedal arm and the dash (switch moves out when you brake)

BMW 318 Cars &... | Answered on Jun 17, 2020


if your battery is good(check output with volt meter), battery terminals are tight and corrosion free and spark plugs and plug wires all in good order, oil changed and filled properly and this still happens, I wouldnt worry about it. Its cold in the morning after all.

BMW 318 Cars &... | Answered on Oct 24, 2018


the fan clutch ( viscous fan hub is a left hand thread on the water pump shaft

BMW 318 Cars &... | Answered on Mar 05, 2018


Do you still have the owner's manual. And why didn't you just take a picture and post that

BMW 318 Cars &... | Answered on Feb 11, 2018


check the door switch

BMW 318 Cars &... | Answered on Jan 30, 2018


have a load test done on the battery as it indicates a bad cell

BMW 318 Cars &... | Answered on Nov 23, 2017


Did you use LED replacement bulbs or standard bulbs?

If you used LEDs then THAT'S you problem.

BMW 318 Cars &... | Answered on Oct 05, 2017


shine a flash light on it the bulb will be hide it

BMW 318 Cars &... | Answered on Oct 02, 2017


Hi it sound like a body earth in side the engine bay or in the cab is loose or is making bad contact

BMW 318 Cars &... | Answered on Sep 21, 2017


google it there is more than one . there is video s on them

BMW 318 Cars &... | Answered on Sep 04, 2017


ok this is gonna sound ridiculous, but if the wheels are locked, did you take off the handbrake?? also, the clutch might not be engaging properly.

BMW 318 Cars &... | Answered on Aug 18, 2017


with any BMW they have their problems, one is the central locking/immobilizer, the central locking is linked into the immobilizer and vice versa, the immobilizer takes it signal to disarm from the central locking and the ignition key ring. (chip in the key) if one of these starts to play up it has loads of consequences this being one of them. they all need to work together for the system to work properly. you would need to read the alarm and immobiliser codes using an ob2 tool that can detect them, and find the fault some problems it can be the drivers door sensor in the lock this is the main door as its drivers side and it controls all other doors on the central locking. if the switch is worn in any of it movements the system will not know the door has been opened, this does not work on the interior light as that is a switch in the door frame. the door lock is lock unlock and deadlock with key with remote fob its also arm disarm alarm and immobiliser. i have seen in some models there is a sensor auto lock so when you walk away with the key the doors lock automatically all lease parts work together. any one having a problem can cause no signal to be sent to the others in the system to start engine .

BMW 318 Cars &... | Answered on Jun 22, 2017

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