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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 01-31-2016, 01:14 PM
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P1345 no start

A couple weeks ago I started car and it was tumbling and cut off and wouldn't start. I changed oil, spark plugs, jumped car, and checked for fuel at fuel rail. I have fuel but no start. It acts like it wants too but still a no go. I was overdue for an oil change and every winter it seems like I change the spark plugs. I have a new coil and boot but the coil on cylinder 2 is fairly new and the boot looks good. Would 1 bad coil cause the car not to start? I've changed cps and done the ccv last year.

What do you think I should do next? No new codes yet
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Old 01-31-2016, 01:28 PM
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Try unplugging your maf and start it?
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Tried disconnecting maf and still no start. It turns over but does sound hesitant. Battery is about 2 years old, maybe get that tested?
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fuel, spark, air... retest fuel, retest for spark, you missed something. try starter fluid for a fast test...do spark test and post battery voltage..
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Series E39 Vehicle code DP63 Model 528ITA Engine M52TU
Body type OTHER Catalog model USA Production date 1999 / 06
Transmission Automatic Steering Left Catalyzer YES

Production FROM : 1998/09/01 TO : 1999/08/31
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Battery tested good at advanced auto parts, put coil in #2, it caught for a second then died. How do I test for spark?
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pull pig and arc to chassis and look for bright light.. ebay sell a cool gap spark thingie but you can make one using wood and a couple screws..
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Battery tested good at advanced auto parts, put coil in #2, it caught for a second then died. How do I test for spark?
Hate to point this out but did Advanced Auto say it was good or did you reference the results against findings here? What is generally seen as "good" for other cars isn't enough for these voltage queens... What were the numbers?
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And why are you changing the plugs every year? Are they fouled or???
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This car just gives me issues every winter and plugs seem to fix it every year lol, I managed to get it started and put some techron fuel injector cleaner in it and let it idle 10 minutes. Codes cleared and it's running fine. The plugs were carbonized, probably still good but changed them anyway. Advanced tested the battery and said it only needed a charge. I think my issue was mainly due to letting the fuel get to the gas light level. Shame on me
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TAB, "voltage queen" lol and add are you proving these parts are bad or are you going on instinct? and if they are proved bad what are you seeing?
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Old Yesterday, 12:33 PM
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Combination of:codes, instinct, and knowing the quirks of my car I guess. I'll be here next year with same problem lmao
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I do have 265k miles so really not concerned with performing over-maintenance if she keeps running
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265???maybe run a compression check...
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Isn't it If you are having carbonization then you are dropping the voltage of the coils and therefore not getting the resultant spark? Would have guessed a bad coil of doing this to one... Across all (assuming the oh changed all plugs and they had the carbonization). If this theory holds... Check the distribution wiring to the coils... Compression... Injectors (fuel pressure)...
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