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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 01-15-2013, 09:32 PM
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crank crank crank no start helppp!

whats up. so it drove well forever, an lately(for a week) its been taking a while to start. an now it just wont start.
i replaced fuel filter an nothing an it has proper fuel presure.
replaced valve cover since the oil well were full of oil. could that of hurt something?
what sld i do next?
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:39 PM
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When you turn the key what sound(s) do you hear?

Fuel pump?

Engine turning over?

Starter engaging?

Starter clicking repeatedly?

Starter just clicking once?

No sound at all?
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:41 PM
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the engine will turn over buhb wont start. an yeah the fuel pumps coming on i replaced the relay just to be shure
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:53 PM
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First off, check your battery terminals for corrosion and tightness.

Then I'd test your battery, fuel pressure (you can by a fuel pressure gauge from Harbor Freight for ~$20), then we'll get into testing for spark.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:57 PM
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ive tryed two different batterys (stole the battery frm my jeep)an cleaned terminals, allready tested fuel pressure an replaced fuel filter :/
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:05 AM
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Crank or cam position sensor. It's not firing the plugs or the injectors or both.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:58 PM
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Do u think it could be the mass air sensor?
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:01 PM
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Unplug it and find out.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:44 PM
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unplugged it anstill didnt wanna start just turning over an not firing how do i read the check engine light ?
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:08 AM
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unplugged it anstill didnt wanna start just turning over an not firing how do i read the check engine light ?
OBD1 cars, get a PEAK Sensor for OBD1 cars

OBD2 cars, go to Advanced Auto and rent the scanner. Bring it home, plug it in, turn key into the on (don't start) position, scan.

Sounds like a Crank Position Sensor or Crankshaft Position Sensor. But I am just a keyboard mechanic.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:20 AM
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i have an obd1 reader that ived used in my jeep an mustang, buh i cant figure out where to plug it in at. i saw a round plug in spot under the hood is that it? where can i get the adapter



an again thanks for all ur help guys!
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:07 AM
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i have an obd1 reader that ived used in my jeep an mustang, buh i cant figure out where to plug it in at. i saw a round plug in spot under the hood is that it? where can i get the adapter



an again thanks for all ur help guys!
I don't know if all OBD1 scanners are universal.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:44 PM
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where is the crank or crankshaft sensor located how do i replace it?
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:17 AM
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Well, might wanna check the camshaft position sensor as well. Here are vids:

Camshaft position Sensor


Crankshaft Position Sensor (If you have a lift, it will make life easier).
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:59 PM
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so i replaced the crankshaft sensor an now it runs!! yay!!! buh it will idle normal then it will start to die then rev up an start to die an rev up
what could cause that
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:13 PM
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Vacuum leaks. Dirty MAF, Dirty ICV.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:10 AM
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How do i clean those? Like will carb cleaner work
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:43 AM
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Absolutely NOT for the MAF!!!!!

Use an electrical contact cleaner for the MAF, (Or specific MAF cleaner). aYnd you can use Carb cleaner on the ICV.
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