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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 10-30-2007, 12:56 PM
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Question The Million Dollar Question

Hi, this is for anyone who can help me to solve the problems whit my Bimmer.
I have a 318i '95 and I cant start it, I already change many parts and the problem continues. I hope anyone know what happened:

I already changed the following parts:
-MAF SENSOR
-O2 SENSOR
-TPS (trottle position sensor)
-Engine Temp. sensor
-Coolant Temp. sensor
-Fuel Filter
-Air filter
-IDLE valve
-Ignition coil
-Wire set of spark plugs
-Spark plugs
-New battery

The currently diagnose is as follow.

The Engine starts or try to start:
Idle fails
The sparks becomes wet
The injectors are cleaned and working

So the mmillion Dollar Question is
What could my car have? or What could be wrong with my car?
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Old 10-30-2007, 01:07 PM
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Is the CEL on or was it on before? Could be crank sensor, cam sensor..
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Old 10-30-2007, 10:50 PM
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Spark plugs are wet with oil or water/coolant?
Oil, valve seal or rings.
Water/cooland, cylinder gasket leaking. Try getting radiator pressure test unit. The radiator pressure should hold when pressurized. If it drops, they you have a leak.

I had a pin hole lead on my cyclinder head gasket. Idle start rough during start and eventually improves after a while. try it.
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Old 10-30-2007, 11:28 PM
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If the spark plugs are wet, its probably just gas. If the ignition system isnt working, you're gonna still be injecting gas into the engine as you try to start the car(flooding the engine)
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Old 10-31-2007, 06:25 AM
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Your DME is fried.
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:36 AM
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Before you jump to the conlusion that the actual DME is fried..What about the DME relay?
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Old 10-31-2007, 08:30 PM
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Sound like Crank sensor.
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Old 11-03-2007, 04:00 PM
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Have you fixed the problem yet? I'm curious to know what it was, so let us know.
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