I have a 1996 bmw 3 series 318i and had to change the ignition due to a faulty old one, now after ive connected the one i got from the wreckers, excellent condition with the new key, hooked it all up, the car wont start. all lights come on but doesnt turn the engine over what so ever. immobiliser maybe i duno. this is killing me, car has been off the road for awhile and need it back up and running, battery is fine btw. thanks
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I would replace Distributor Cap & Rotor; and especially all Ignition Wires (aka: spark plug wires) When it is damp outside, old and possibly cracked wires is the leading cause of engines not starting due to wires arcing (throwing sparks to other parts of the engine) and causes no spark where it is really needed and that is at your spark plugs so the engine will start.
the fuses u are looking for are as follows:
From the top left first row its# 4
then the bottom row its # 19
I also wanted to point out. from 1989 to 1996 the brake switch was the common failure for bmw's
the series it included were 318i, 525-540i, and all 7 series. if the fuses dont fix it.. its the switch
located under a panel u need remove on the drivers side on the steering collum
I have the same car I had the same problem.If you have the correct battery for your car with the same problem you have a short or positive ground in your dash/electric fuel pump/fuse box also be carefull of how you take the key from the ignition and if they're old replace them.