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Old 12-04-2011, 05:55 AM
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Question Z3 1997 won't start - need help

Hi, my Z3 will not start. Last night as I was leaving a Christmas party I turned the iginition on and started up. Within 3-5 seconds I turned off the car to unlock the glove box. I then attempted to start up but nothing for and hour and a half. At that point, I quit for the evening and left the car. Does anyone know what the problem might be? I need to resolve this problem or get the car towed from the homeownewrs driveway.
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:57 AM
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What happens when you try to start it, does she click at all?

Does you interior lights/headlights go on?

Do you hear the fuel pump when you put the ignition key to the start position?

Try to get it jumped to get her started, if not then you have to get it towed.

Good luck. Let us know what happens.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:28 AM
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Interior lights work. Removed and cleaned spark plugs. Sprayed Starting fluid in each cylinder to test whether fuel was getting to spark plug. The engine did kick but would not start. Assumption is that fuel is not getting to plug. Also plugged in R5/FCX diagnostic tool. Ran error codes received "E". Not sure if computer is able to provide information to the diagnostic tool. Also attempted to reset oil service light and it did not reset. Can you make sense of all info. Where is fuel pump located and can this be easily removed?
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Old 12-04-2011, 03:44 PM
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I've had this happen a couple of times. The common thread is starting the car and then turning it off quickly(Mine occured when I moved the Z out to wash it and then tried to start to pull back in the garage after). I just keep cranking until it starts, this has taken up to 15 min before it starts. I always worry about cranking too long and overheating the starter. I don't crank for the entire 15 min. but a lot longer than normal. Did you follow the directions on the Peake reader? Most of the codes are 2 digits. Fuel pump is in the fuel tank and requires the carpet behind the passenger seat be cut to gain access. This has also happened to the wife's M3 once, FWIW. In the M3's case I moved the car to program a new garage door remote.
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:29 AM
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I tried to go to work yesterday and to my surprised my car did not start. First I checked was to see if, the post were dirty (they were not) I clean them anyway with a wire brush, second thing I jumped it (nothing happen) The car is totally dead, the engine does not turn, all of the lights do come on as one turns the key....but once I try to start it.....nothing happens....if, it did not have a battery in it. Brought it to Auto Zone, I was told that battery is no good, but the day before it was running just fine. Can someone tell me other possibilities that could be bad?
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:56 AM
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I tried to go to work yesterday and to my surprised my car did not start... to Auto Zone, I was told that battery is no good, but the day before it was running just fine. Can someone tell me other possibilities that could be bad?
How old is the battery? If the battery is no good like Auto Zone says, you need to replace it. You have to do that before you can find out if there are any other problems.
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Old 07-10-2015, 01:29 PM
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I'll be replacing the battery tomorrow, and hopefully that will be the problem; I'll keep you posted.
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Old 07-12-2015, 01:45 PM
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Bought battery put in and wal la..........I have a running car again. Now can someone tell me how to reset the clock, I've been trying to find my owners manual I don't know what I did with it. (why thing have to get so, complicated) I try going on line but nothing for resetting the clock on a 2002 z3.

Thanks to some of the guy's that responded before.

Bruno
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Old 07-12-2015, 03:05 PM
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Not sure which clock you have. This may help.
http://www.manualslib.com/manual/368...e.html?page=72
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Old 07-12-2015, 08:37 PM
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From the manual...

To enter the time
Enter the numbers for hours and
minutes by pressing the key.
Enter the hour first. Each time the key is
pressed, the hour display increases by
one. Pressing and holding the key
starts the rapid advance.
Confirm the time set with the key.
Now enter the minutes when two zeros
appear.
Enter the minutes in the same manner
as the hours.
Press the save key : the time is
started exactly on the second. The
colon stops flashing.
To reset the time
Press and hold the key for approx.
3 seconds: enter the hour when the
colon begins to flash.
Enter the numbers by pressing the
key in the same manner as when
entering the time.
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:51 AM
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Thank you for the information, I was able to find the owners manual and reset the clock. Base on the info. you sent it was pretty much the same; except for I have to press (push) the turn signal in and at the same time be pressing the buttons on the clock. Thanks again for the help.

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