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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 06-24-2006, 01:01 PM
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Hi can some body help me I have a BMW e36 coupe 1995. I kept the car off the road for 18 months and the battary went flat and I cooked it when charging, and it was connected still to cars electrics. I needed to replace it so I have replaced it now. and I have put 10 ltrs of petrol in the car. and the car just won't start, and I get no spark at the spark plug.and also the fuel pump does not work any more.I even bought a new performance chip and tryed that and no good.But if I put the standard chip back in the DME the wrong way round the fuel pump works but still won't start. I've replaced the DME relay. and I have bought R5 scan reset tool and the only code error I get is 1A and it say control unit supply. I also noticed that if I activate my alarm the siren does not sound any more, but the indecators still flash. could this be my alarm and the imobiliser in the alarm, and were can I locate the alarm. I have taken the glove box out to look there and no joy, and under the drivers side dash board, and in the boot. I seem not to be able to locate it. nore the siren. PLEASE CAN SOME BODY HELP ON THIS MATTER. IVE WAITED TWO MONTHS NOW TO SORT IT OUT. MANY THANKS ANDY.

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Old 07-10-2006, 04:11 PM
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Hi can some body help us as I have been tring to get my e36 back on the road. The battery went flat and ever since I can't start it. it will turn over and thats it. I have replaced the DME and still no joy. So I have bort a PEAKE R5 Scan tool and it give me one fauly code of 1A. I then look in the code book that I had with my PEAKE R5 and it says control unit supply. would this be due to my imobilisor.

Also I have been tring to look for my alarm module and on my 2.5 ltr 1995 coupe it can't see any thing be hind the gloove box. the only thing that I can see is a big brown relay which has 9 pins. which says Crash Alarm GEBER with apart no 8 364 692.. could this be the problem.

I have already tryed bmw over the phone and they was not very helpful. so any feed back would be most greatful. cheers guys andy
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Old 07-11-2006, 07:22 AM
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have you checked the HT leads have not broken down? if you are getting no spark then that maybe the problem.
Could also be moisture in the coils, but these are expensive to replace if it is not the problem!!
i would also try to disable the immobiliser and check the starter motor hasn't seized.
Not much help, but a few things to look at, am sure the gurus will sort it though
what engine has she got?
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Old 07-12-2006, 01:47 PM
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Hi buddy thanks for your Ideas, the car does turn over no problem. I just don't have a fuel pump working and no ignition. I have replaced the DME and still no joy. The coils are all electrically sound. The problem started when I was charging my battey and I over charged the batt. and I had to replace it. soon as I put another batt on the car it won't start. I'm thinking it may be the alarm system. I have an E36 2.5 ltr coupe on 1995 M reg. and its the M50 engine. I tryed to find the alarm module and I can't find anything be hind the glove box. other than a brown relay could crash alarm GEBER? and I do have a standard alarm I just don't know were? I have also bort a R5 code finder and it tells me that I have one fault and thats 1A = control supply but I don't know what that means. could that be my imobiliser? any help on this would be most greatfuly recieved and I would send a drink in the post to some on who can get this girl running again. cheers andy
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Old 07-14-2006, 08:32 AM
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Have you tried pressing the gas pedal while you are trying to get it to turn over, if it starts when you do that, but dies once you take your foot off the gas pedal it may be your mass air flow sensor
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Old 07-17-2006, 06:36 AM
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Normally if the imobiliser is stopping the car start, the engine will click when you turn the key in the ignition and wont turn over. as you said it does turn over i doubt it is anything to do with the alarm/immobiliser.

Have you tried changing the fuse that runs the fuel pump just incase the fuse is not working but looks ok? you never know!! of course, it could just be that the fuel pump has given up the ghost. if the car turns over but wont start then this is possible. how do you know the pump isn't working?

have you checked that the throttle is actually moving the flap in the throttle body? you said it was off the road for a while and was thinking it may have seised. although you would normally expect the pedal to feel odd, the cable maybe affected too (long shot)
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Old 07-17-2006, 04:59 PM
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Cheers for you reply, its not any of the problems that you have suggested. the engine turns over lovely. I have done a little moer reserch and i beleve that I have and alarm system thats known as the EWS 1 or EWS 2. on the EWS 1 It has a alarm imobilizer relay thats know as crash alarm GEBER. I'm going to replace that if then no joy I beleave that I need to send it to BMW to be reprogramed. as I don't have any mechanical problems. I have had the fuel pump working. its down to the alarm. my car was mad in febuary 1995 so if any body can help me on the alarm isues and how much I would be looking at from BMW to reprogram my alarm before I ring them would be most greatfully recieved. than you to you alll that has come up with good Ideas thanks.
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Old 07-22-2006, 06:43 AM
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can you unlock the door with your remote key? try looking in this site it might help http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html/faq_ews.shtml. if EWS is faulty car will not crank at all
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Old 08-09-2006, 02:53 PM
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Hi gyes I've had to send the car to a BMW deler now as I have tryed everything. and its been confermed that my DME is dead. as if it was the alarm system the car would not crank. so I have ordered the work to be done and they are ordering a new virgin DME unit and they are having to reprogram the DME system and the alarm system as well. as I have the EWS 2 alarm. Total price ***163;1167.57p. to have it repaired. I can conferm that if you have this problem BMW do bye the old DME for around ***163;200. so my repair bill is know ***163;1000.00 pound to sort out. and there is no body else who can sort this problem. I hope this may help any body with an E36 from january 1995 on wards.
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:31 PM
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Hi! I have the same starting problem with my 92 325i. It used to crank fine and not start. Now it just makes a whirring/squeaking noise when i turn the key. I get code 1A. I haven't done much diagnosis, but it's not the fuses. I just had an alternator done . I drove it fine for a month and then it just wouldn't start.
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I have a 318i E46. There is a problem with the battery power being drained. When I try starting it, there is a click sound. It starts when I boost it and will start again after I let the car idle for a while but when I park it for a few hours, it will not start.
What is the problem? Can someoene please help?

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Old 02-10-2009, 06:23 AM
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I have a 318i E46. There is a problem with the battery power being drained. When I try starting it, there is a click sound. It starts when I boost it and will start again after I let the car idle for a while but when I park it for a few hours, it will not start.
What is the problem? Can someoene please help?
Likely a bad battery. They do go bad over time and will not hold a charge. Have the battery checked first. If not the battery, have the alternator checked.
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Yeah ive been getting the same thing for 2 months now...i though it was my old car alarm taking the juice but it wasn't because i went to a car audio place they disconnected my alarm; it died when i left my lights on but then i drove it for 2 hours(usually able to start in a few days) but it died..not sure whats gonna happen now..i had my battery checked at craigen they said it was fine..my alternater is working fine.so i dont know whats killing my car..il let you guys know if it dies on me in a few days...if it doesnt then it was my old car alarm...
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Old 07-24-2010, 06:09 AM
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can anyone help me ? my car wont start i thought it was my battery but i got a jump but the car wanted to start but it did not .now when i turn the key the car head lights turn on but the car wont start i got a new starter but that was not it ether what can it be or is there any guesses thank u. my car is 540i 5 series 1995 BMW.. when i turn the key it would not start it dont do nothing it dont spin

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If your car is a 540i, you're in the wrong forum. You'll get better answers in the 5 series E34 section, but almost all starting problems are similar. You say it "wanted to start" but didn't. Explain. Was it firing occasionally but wouldn't do so enough to spin over by itself?

Someone is going to say "holy thread revival!", but that shows you searched before asking. Good for you!

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Check your alternator too..


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Old 07-24-2010, 02:30 PM
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my car is 540i 5 series 1995 BMW.. when i turn the key it would not start it dont do nothing it dont spin
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You're in the wrong sub-forum.

As Ken said, go check out the E34 Section.
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I have the exact same problem, did you find out what the problem was ???
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I have a 2004 330ci performance package, with 140k km on it. I dont often stall however when i do stall, and turn the car back on the car automatically stalls as soon as i press the gas. i would hold the clutch, shift it into gear 1, and start to give it some gas, as soon as the gas is pressed the car stalls.

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you need to go to the E46 forum and ask them. your car is at least 5 years newer than the cars in the forum. sounds like it could be the MAF
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have you checked the HT leads have not broken down? if you are getting no spark then that maybe the problem.
Could also be moisture in the coils, but these are expensive to replace if it is not the problem!!
i would also try to disable the immobiliser and check the starter motor hasn't seized.
Not much help, but a few things to look at, am sure the gurus will sort it though
what engine has she got?
I have 2002 Bmw 325i, First day it would start and it would just die, but today, the second day it just wouldn't start at all. I tried disconnecting the wire from the hose connected to the air filter, but that didnt help at all.
Please help me. what can i do.

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Old 11-30-2010, 07:35 PM
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You should start a new thread since this one is old and long.

The wire you disconnected is the airflow signal the car needs to start and run.

Are you 100 percent sure it has at least 3 gallons of gas in it? You would be surprised how many people forget that a car can "run out" of gas while parked if it was running on fumes when parked.

You need to have someone read the codes and see if any clues are there.
These cars are very complicated so they have error codes to save days of troubleshooting.

IF you want to throw some of the cheaper parts at it to see if you can get lucky like many people do, you can start with these:

DME relay
Fuel relay
Crankcase sensor
Camshaft sensor (if it has one)
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, hi guys .. i were driving and my car suddnly off two times same time i start is can be run. after 30mints driving i stoped the car for 3H and after that i came to start the car cannot be start, i leave it almost 20H after that i came to try the car ok start and run over then i drived almost 30mints again and after that i off the car for 4H after that the car wont be start at all, the battre running good, the problem is i keep running the key and the engine sound like want to start but cannot be start? guysss please help what should i do?
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