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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 10-07-2012, 04:49 PM
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ground wire and capacitor??

i'd put the regulator back on and truck the unit to a parts place that tests them. you can test an alternator with a faulty regulator, but not sure about testing one without it.



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Old 10-07-2012, 05:41 PM
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Cool, will do tomorrow, thanks!

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Old 10-08-2012, 01:04 PM
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Advance "tested" the alternator, but they definitely didn't know what they were doing. I ended up ordering one anyway from them, was only 130. I needed the regulator anyway.

It will be here Wednesday and then we'll see what happens! (again)

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what makes you say that??

i've used these machines and they are pretty much foolproof. there's a few 'common' adapters that simply plug and play, but for other systems there should be a generic harness that supplies power, ground, and whatnot. there are even pichurz in teh manual...



anyway, what did they, *ahem*, "determine"...




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Old 10-08-2012, 04:52 PM
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The picture with instructions on their computer looked very different from my alternator so they just guessed on the wires

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Old 10-17-2012, 05:05 PM
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Gauge cluster in and working.


It's hard to hear, but it just BARELY runs after it is a little warm when the idle drops. It sounds like it's missing and of course will die.





Me and a buddy were messing with it tonight and tested the coolant temp sensor wiring, everything checks out. To recap, the car shuts off and won't restart when you plug it in. No wire interference or anything of the sort so we're thinking it must be the computer, right?
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:05 PM
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Sounding more and more like it is the 'puter. Can you find a known good one to swap in to see if that's it?
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:07 AM
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I wish I could! Luckily they're not too bad on Ebay, about 60 bucks.

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Old 10-20-2012, 05:19 PM
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Ordered a computer.

Here is a plug btw:



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Old 10-20-2012, 06:30 PM
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Yes sir!

Hoping this computer helps. If not next is injectors and afm.

Coil tested good, icv is clean and tested good, new distributor cap and rotor as well.

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Old 10-25-2012, 02:34 PM
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Hooked up the new used computer, checked fuses, and attached all sensors and wires.


Fired right up

She has no issues with no load, but under load it has a mis for sure. Thoughts? New cap rotor and plugs, old wires and old distributor. Entire fuel system is new. Going to try some seafoam tomorrow and see how that goes.


Here is a vid, the second one is weird, the idle goes up and down then eventually settles. Computer adapting or something else?








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Old 10-28-2012, 08:43 AM
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I think it's a spark related miss, the wires look pretty bad. Of course no one had the wires. Oh well they'll be here Wednesday.

Did a lot if work on it the past few days. Replaced almost all the exterior bulbs as most weren't working and the turn signals were acting up. All better now.

Ran some seafoam through it too. I need to do it again and put some in the fuel and oil again. It actually didn't smoke much.

Hooked up the window switches, they had the control wires for the motors themselves, but no power or ground, odd. They work great now!

Then did some hobo floor repair. Cut out the worst rust, then cut and screwed down an old real estate sign.


I finished it up by covering it all up underneath with fiberglass. Later I'll undercoat the top, then the bottom after I sand the fiberglass.

Then I gave the engine bay and under the engine a quick clean. I'm trying to locate my oil leak. I think the majority is the valve cover gasket so I'll have to put one on order.

Pictures will be up soon.

Didn't have as many pictures as I thought lol, I'll have to take some more.


Nasty floor



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Old 11-01-2012, 03:31 PM
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Plug wires helped, still misfiring a little.


I'll have to check the plugs and gap tomorrow, maybe it just needs driven more since it sat so long. Or maybe the coil is bad? It tested ever so slightly out of spec. Possibly timing as well?
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Yea we were very lucky here.


Thoughts on the misfire? Where is DF? Not sure if he heard the good news.
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Thoughts on the misfire? Where is DF? Not sure if he heard the good news.
as far as the misfire, it could be lots of annoying crap. buy im leaning towards plug gap/coil. you can also do the wire elimination method, and unplug one wire at a time to see if the miss gets worse or stays the same. if you pull one wire and nothing changes that much, well your problem could be isolated to that wire/plug/coil
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I unplugged them one by one and reved it, they all acted exactly the same. I'll run it hard and see what the plugs look like tomorrow. I know number 2 was wet dark looking before I did the wires, so maybe it's still causing the miss.
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