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E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:40 PM
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Z3 not starting and running issues

Hi everybody this is my first time on this forum, infraction any forum.
I own a 1999 2.0 Z3 which i bought of a friend. It has stood for a long time without being started. When I tried to start it it turns over runs for about a second and then stalls. I've discovered if I disconnect the mass air flow sensor it will continue to run but if I push down hard on the throttle it will go into limp mode. If I increase the revs slowly it will rev up to 4000 rpm then go into limp mode again. I have connected a diagnostic tool to it to see the failure codes. If the mass sensor is connected the car stalls immediately but no fault is recorded, if I disconnect the sensor and push down hard on the throttle three faults come up p0101 maf or vaf circuit fault p0505 idle control system malfunction and p0340 crankshaft position sensor.

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Old 10-15-2012, 05:05 AM
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to start off [no pun] it is usual that if you disconnect the MAF sensor and the car runs that the MAF is bad. if the car was sitting a long time fuel maybe old. what is batt condition. although i hate to poke and hope repair.....mabe a new MAF and crankshaft sensor.....imho
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:05 AM
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Hi wifesauto, thanks for the reply. I have already replaced the battery and fuel. Yes the MAF sensor is the most obvious fault but my concern is I have never come across a faulty MAF sensor stopping a car from starting, could there be some other underlying problem? When I reset the faults the crank shaft fault disappears, the idle control system fault still persists.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:01 PM
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a bad maf can make the car throw other codes.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:10 AM
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Just for anybody whose interested I noticed that the air intake hose was split and replaced it, it has improved how the car runs but all the symtems still exist. I have now ordered a maf sensor. I'll let you know how I get on.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:16 AM
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Way to go Chuck. Thanks for updating this thread, as it can help other members.

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Old 11-05-2012, 12:18 PM
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Hi everybody,

Just a quick update. With the new Maf sensor fitted the car started and continued to run but when I pressed hard on the throttle it still went into safe mode and gave a P0505 fault. I cleaned the idle control valve which improved the problem a little but didn't resolve it. Whilst reviewing some other forums I found somebody else who had the same p0505 fault and symptoms. It turned out to be a sticking throttle body. I remove it and sure enough it needed cleaning, it was completely jammed shut. I now have no fault codes and a Z3 that runs like a dream. Hope this a help to anybody with the same issues.
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