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Old 06-10-2006, 12:44 AM
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HELP! 328i cold start problems

Hey guys, I've been searching around the forums and I haven't found an exact answer to my problem. Maybe I haven't been using the right words in the search, but I guess I'll just post my problem.


For about a week now, the Inspection light has been turned on with two bars left, a yellow-green and a red one. No oil change light or anything else is on, just the Inspection light.

The problem is that whenever I try to start my car after it's cooled down completely or just the first time I start my car that day, it cludders and struggles to run. I hold the key ignition for about 5-8 secs as it cludders to see if it would catch on and start my engine, but it doesn't work. After 2-3 attempts, my car would then cludder as it engine barely comes to life. After that, everything is normal and so is the drive.

Oh yeah, also, if the car is still warmed up, the cluddering ignition problem doesn't happen. I just recently performed an Oil Change for my car a few days ago, too.


Any ideas?
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Old 06-11-2006, 06:05 PM
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It continues to happen...no one knows what's wrong with my car ??
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Old 06-11-2006, 09:05 PM
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Make sure your sparks plugs are clean, i dont know if you took it to a shop to do your oil change, but if you did, they love to touch stuff that they shouldnt and lots of times they get oil on the spark plugs and then it will do that, also, there are no fault codes poppin form anywhere?
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Old 06-12-2006, 03:35 AM
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Make sure your sparks plugs are clean, i dont know if you took it to a shop to do your oil change, but if you did, they love to touch stuff that they shouldnt and lots of times they get oil on the spark plugs and then it will do that, also, there are no fault codes poppin form anywhere?

I performed the oil change by myself without any problems. I have not done a fault code reading, yet. I'm trying to get one soon. possibly at Autozone or Kragen(if they do it). Thanks for your input.
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Old 06-12-2006, 03:33 PM
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okay well today, my car is not starting at all...the engine studders and is not starting anymore....what do I do???
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