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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 05-02-2015, 05:32 AM
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No Start-540i 6 Speed Crank, Fuel,No Spark

So after countless hours of searching every forum and talking to people and working on my beautiful 540i/6 I am Stumped!

So I swapped my motor bc original blew up bc of timing guide failure. I got everything plugged in and installed. Except headlights and my hood.

But my car will crank over and I will smell fuel but no spark. I have checked cam and crank sensors. They are fine. What could it be?
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:02 AM
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Any stored codes?
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:06 AM
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Looks like the cel is on. But I don't own a scan tool. Also don't know which one to buy
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:29 AM
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Harbor Freight Tools has a nice one for about $100, model 60694.

There are several on ebay that work with smart phones. Some here report good results.
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:50 AM
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Depending on where you are, your local AutoZone should be able to scan the codes (except california.) I've also heard of Aamco's scanning codes for free also, just don't let them do anything else!
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Old 05-02-2015, 10:32 AM
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The code I got was P1622
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Old 05-02-2015, 11:20 AM
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Depending on where you are, your local AutoZone should be able to scan the codes (except california.)
And Hawaii...
- Obtaining the pending or diagnostic trouble code (DTC) using free or freeware scans (1) [except in California or Hawaii (1) (2)]
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I've also heard of Aamco's scanning codes for free also, just don't let them do anything else!
- Where to get the cheapest reasonable OBDII scanner & a template of what to tell people from the Republik of Kalifornia who need to do an OBC diagnostic scan (1)
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The code I got was P1622
- All OBDII codes, including BMW-specific P1xxx DTCs specific to the engine computer of each BMW (1)
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P1622 MAP Cooling Control Circuit Electrical
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Old 05-02-2015, 11:29 AM
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Im just not sure why im not getting spark. And what is weird too is that one time while cranking it almost turned over like was sounding like it wanted to, but hasnt done that in a while
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Old 05-02-2015, 03:55 PM
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Do I need to get the key synched to the engine for it to start?!
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Old 05-02-2015, 04:43 PM
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The engine doesn't care about the key.

P1622 MAP Cooling Control Circuit Electrical. This indicates a failure in the thermostat circuit. This will not prevent starting.

How much fuel pressure do you have? Your MY has a Schrader valve on the fuel rail for easy pressure gauge connection. Pressure s/b 50 psi+.

Did you, by any chance, replace the engine electronics with that of the replacement engine?
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Old 05-02-2015, 04:55 PM
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I did not change electronics old harness and ecu
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Old 05-05-2015, 03:09 PM
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Anyone know what to do next?

Also when I have my key in ignition why is there a buzzing noise from the engine bay

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Old 05-05-2015, 05:00 PM
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Yes. Report the fuel pressure, as requested.

The buzzing is probably coming from the throttle body, but only with the switch in position 2.
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Old 05-06-2015, 03:45 AM
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are your coil packs getting electricity?
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Old 05-06-2015, 07:29 AM
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There is a small fuse "cartridge" in the E-Box under the right side cabin air filter. I think it is black and holds 5 fuses one of which is for the coil/spark circuit. This fuse box is sort of hard to pry open but is straight forward after that. Check it out and let us know what you find.
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Old 05-06-2015, 05:09 PM
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So I got a fuel pressure gage didn't have the right fitting but when I press the valve it shoots out about 3 inchs so probably very low fuel pressure. The coils are getting power.

The 5 fuses are all good as well

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Old 05-07-2015, 05:58 AM
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I did swap fuel rails with engines bc of where the fuel outlet was. Maybe that swap is what is causing low pressure?
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Old 05-09-2015, 03:29 AM
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Old 05-09-2015, 04:57 AM
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