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Old 04-03-2010, 07:41 AM
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Fuel Pump?

Hi

just got my m535.

dont know much about mechanics but thought i'd try to fix it.

this may seem like a silly question.

Should i hear the fuel pump prime like on other cars when i turn the key?

also live in the UK. where is the best place to get parts online?
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Old 04-03-2010, 09:10 AM
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Hi

just got my m535.

dont know much about mechanics but thought i'd try to fix it.

this may seem like a silly question.

Should i hear the fuel pump prime like on other cars when i turn the key?

also live in the UK. where is the best place to get parts online?
I honestly can't hear it in mine. There are two pumps though, one in the tank and one under the car. I have heard people complain about some aftermarket pumps being noisy. What is the problem you're tryong to fix? There's alot of sponsor sites that sell online and I'm sure some ship to the UK, but it maybe better to search the threads or start a new one in the General Discussions area.
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Old 04-03-2010, 09:32 AM
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The car won't start. It tries to turn over but I get nothing. Can't hear the fuel pump at all so wondered if that might be a place to start.
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Old 04-03-2010, 09:51 AM
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If you suspect the pump check the fuse for it first. I think it's fuse #1 (in the fusebox under the hood). The electrical connections can deteriorate on these older cars, check those, especially on the fuel pump in the gas tank. There's an access cover in the trunk under the mat. Three phillips screws. Are you sure you're getting spark?
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Old 04-03-2010, 05:50 PM
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Also are you getting spark? Have you tried puling the main relay and the fule pump relay. These relays are the ones on the left side of the fuse box and they are the first 2 they have a bad habit of going bad and they will cause the car to not run. You can switch out the horn relay for the fuel relay and see if that is the problem.

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Old 04-08-2010, 12:17 PM
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No Spark

You were right. No spark have tryed another coil no luck. Motronic ecu. Suspecting that. Could it be anything else?
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:01 PM
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Could be a crankshaft position sensor, bad rotor in the distributor cap, ignition switch, the wiring, etc? Check to see if you have 12 volts at the coil and check the battery connections.
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:16 PM
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Excellent will look into all that. But have to over come my latest bloody problem. Key won't open car anymore. No movement at all. Is it easy to open these with a coat hanger?
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:24 PM
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Don't know, haven't tried. Have you tried the other door? Don't you have any other keys? Maybe your Dealer can cut you a new one (if you bring him the proper ownership/registration documents)?
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:37 PM
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Finally got in driver door won't open. I'll sort that evenually.
As for the not starting. Am I right in thinking the euro spec car does not have a check engine lamp? If so can you get codes from the car without a reader.
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:46 PM
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I'm not aware of anyway to read the codes on these cars. Anybody? I know on alot of older American cars you could read a stored code by getting the check engine light to flash a certain sequence. I've looked in the Bentley manual and it doesn't have anything to say on the matter.
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Old 04-09-2010, 07:34 PM
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Have you tried cleaning up all of the fuses? Also have you tried looking at the two relays, the main and the fuel? As to codes, I have not heard about them and I have had 3 528e.

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Old 04-11-2010, 08:21 AM
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Main relay seems to be bad. Is there a way to hard wire the circuit without frying things. To see if it is definately that?
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:14 AM
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Main relay seems to be bad. Is there a way to hard wire the circuit without frying things. To see if it is definately that?
There might be, but the Bentley and Haynes manuals don't have anything. You could experiment, but it could be risky.
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Old 04-11-2010, 04:24 PM
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I would suggest just buy one, they do not cost that much, do not hard wire it.

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Old 04-12-2010, 02:29 PM
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right seem to getting somewhere. took the main relay apart cleaned it up is working now. have tested all other relays and have power to the coil. still dont seem to have a spark. have removed the sensors and cleaned them up so will try that tomorrow.

anything else?
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:52 PM
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right seem to getting somewhere. took the main relay apart cleaned it up is working now. have tested all other relays and have power to the coil. still dont seem to have a spark. have removed the sensors and cleaned them up so will try that tomorrow.

anything else?
Have you checked the distributor cap and rotor? What about the wire from the coil to the cap? That can deteriorate from corrosion sometimes and cause a starting problem. Check the ends in both the coil and the cap.
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Old 04-15-2010, 03:55 PM
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I have not checked the distributor yet. Have just had a thought? The ecu is hanging, has been removed from the mounts. Does it need to be grounded?
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Old 04-15-2010, 04:02 PM
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I have not checked the distributor yet. Have just had a thought? The ecu is hanging, has been removed from the mounts. Does it need to be grounded?
I would think so. Worth a try, and hanging might put a strain on one of the connectors possibly affecting its performance.
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:41 AM
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Hi

just got my m535.

dont know much about mechanics but thought i'd try to fix it.

this may seem like a silly question.

Should i hear the fuel pump prime like on other cars when i turn the key?

also live in the UK. where is the best place to get parts online?
I never hear mine. A great resource is pelicanparts.com
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:11 PM
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the fuel pump has a delay it wont turn on till the car is cranking over and trying to start it wont turn on with no spark
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:59 PM
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I am not sure if you are saying the car is not getting spark? Or you are just not happy because the car is delaying? I am going to guess that you have a slow fuel pressure leak, which is causing the fuel lines to loose pressure, which is why your car is not starting up right away. I have this problem and I have never been able to track it down so I just crack for 15 secs until the pressure builds up and the car turns over.

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Old 06-11-2010, 05:21 PM
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I am not sure if you are saying the car is not getting spark? Or you are just not happy because the car is delaying? I am going to guess that you have a slow fuel pressure leak, which is causing the fuel lines to loose pressure, which is why your car is not starting up right away. I have this problem and I have never been able to track it down so I just crack for 15 secs until the pressure builds up and the car turns over.

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You might have a bad fuel pressure regulator.
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