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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 10-18-2015, 12:30 PM
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Beemer won't start

As a snowbird I vacation in Florida . Where I leave my Bmw 528 asleep for 6 months on trickle charge .

I have a friend who starts the car up every week since March this year , last week it would not start , engine turned over , headlights came on , car started for 3 seconds then died .

Would a fuel pump just go like that or could this be a security shut off if the car was tampered with does the fuel pump shut off .
Oh! Year is 2000 with 40,000 miles
Your input would be appreciated

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Old 10-19-2015, 06:57 AM
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First of all, BMWs in the USA are called "bimmers," and not "beamers"! Beamers are BMW motorcycles.

Ok, enough diplomatic hogwash. When starting the engine does the engine sound the same as before? That is, is the engine turning over with the same "vigor" as before?

Have your buddy pop the hood after a no-start to see if there's a smell of gasoline.

Also, check the fuel pump fuse. The fuse box should have a card indicating the proper fuse.

When was the fuel filter last replaced? Is the pump original?

Has your bud added fresh gas recently?
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Old 10-19-2015, 07:22 AM
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Old 10-19-2015, 08:31 AM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest! I've moved your question to the E39 5 series forum, you will get more help in here. Is your check engine light on? Getting the diagnostic codes read would be a good place to start.

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Old 10-19-2015, 01:42 PM
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Likely flooded. NEVER start a car periodically and let it run for a short time! Best is to let it set for 6 mos in a dry garage with a cover on it.

Have him hold the gas pedal to the floor while cranking.

The charger s/b a smart one, to prevent cooking the battery.

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Old 10-19-2015, 03:55 PM
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Ed jack I do this with my car every year for the last 4 years .

Car is stored in garage no need for a cover and is on a trickle charge . Not to the battery but to the neg and pos points under the hood .

Also car is started up on a weekly basis .. There is no chance of flooding

Thanks for your input
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Old 10-19-2015, 04:06 PM
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Fuel pump or filter could do this but wouldbt expect that... Any codes being thrown? When was the last time fresh fuel was added? Could it be stale?
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Old 10-19-2015, 04:20 PM
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No codes showing , 4 gallons of gas were added when car would not start .. That was three weeks ago .

Was told by bmw mechanic that the security system might do this ... And shuts down the fuel pump to avoid theft ... Cure was to take negative lead from battery ... Wait 10 min and put back on ... Still the same


Thanks for your input , will be going there next week ...will get it started then .


Could be the chip in the key needs reprogrammed
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Old 10-19-2015, 05:36 PM
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I wouldn't think it is the security chip in the key, it is cranking but not starting right? Plus, if the remote is working then it should be accepting the key. Same thing for the antenna relay. Have you tried the passenger visor test? Turn on the passenger visor and see if that has any effect. If yes, then bad starter I believe.
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Old 10-19-2015, 10:43 PM
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Could be the gas. Do you know how long your friend leaves it running before shutting her down? Speaking from experience, with ethanol gas you should let it run for at least 5 mins or so. Ethanol is hydroscopic, so I think what happens is that condensation forms in the lines after sitting for a few weeks. If you turn it off too soon you'll have a hell of a time starting it back up the next time. I've had this happen to me after just 2-3 weeks of sitting on both BMWs and others, having to crank it multiple times for 15-20 seconds each before it would start. Now if I let a car sit for a few weeks, I'll take it for a short drive before shutting it down to make sure that doesn't happen.

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Old 10-20-2015, 04:16 AM
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I dont think its gas or sercurty...

The fact that it started ran and died...

Did it run ruff?

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Old 10-20-2015, 09:32 PM
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I live down in Florida and the car is in my garage , only problem we have is the occasional cockroach hahaha
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Old 10-21-2015, 03:16 AM
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make sure it has a Good battery.. and try again.. Sometimes when sitting.. They do this..
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Had same issue when my 540i sat when my starter crapped out. After replacing the starter, the car it ran like crap until I shut her down and put some fresh 93 octane in the tank. Then i held the gas pedal to the floor while cranking the engine over and the misfire cleared.

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Old 10-21-2015, 04:32 PM
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Had same issue when my 540i sat when my starter crapped out. After replacing the starter, the car it ran like crap until I shut her down and put some fresh 93 octane in the tank. Then i held the gas pedal to the floor while cranking the engine over and the misfire cleared itself up.
That wasn't what cleared the misfire.
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:38 AM
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Hey! Bear

What is a passenger visor test , do you mean he light on the visor
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Hey! Bear

What is a passenger visor test , do you mean he light on the visor
Yes. Apparently that is routed such that it is a great test of the starter. Designed that way or just functions that way...
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