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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 02-07-2011, 12:40 PM
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Mein Auto: 325e,Jeep,240z,528i
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Try this. Turn ignition to on position and wait 60 seconds, then try starting. Fuel pump comes on when ignition is in on position and if pressure is slow to build it should do it even in 60 seconds and the engine should start the first time it's turning over.
If it doesn't start with this then it's probably not a fuel pressure issue.
You should still do a pressure test to confirm it, but it will put it as a less likely cause.
the exact starting procedure i have with my jeep
but 20 seconds is sufficient
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:04 AM
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I figured out that I could cycle the pump a few times to get it to start, but I want to fix it.
Does anyone have a fix for this?
Was it your fuel pump?
Just a filter?
Or what fixed the problem? (Before I have to put in a new key cylinder again)
Thanks!!
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:55 PM
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Anyone......anyone........Bueller .....anyone?

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Old 08-22-2013, 05:00 PM
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Sorry to dig up an old thread, but I did the search and came up to this.

Was there a definitive answer found?

I recently had this issue of cranking 3-4 times before it would start when not driven for long periods. It starts up easily within 10-20 minutes of it being off.

I tried replacing the fuel pump today (Airtex Electric Fuel Pump Part No. E8233) and the car wouldn't idle right, misfire and lose power. I switched back to my old pump and the car would idle and run fine (but still have the long crank problem) Needless to say, I returned the new pump back.

I'm confused. It's possible that I had bought a defective pump, but is there any other answers besides the fuel pump?

I'm probably going to finds another source to buy a fuel pump. I was just wondering if the problem could lie elsewhere?
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