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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 10-12-2012, 12:28 PM
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Bmw 318i e46 wont start help please

Hi everyone. iv recently purchased a BMW 318i E46 5 door. after a few weeks of driving it i noticed that it was leaking oil from the oil fillter housing, so i replaced the gasket and the oil filter etc... as you all probably know to get down to the gasket you have to remove the altinator/air filter atc. iv put all the parts back in reverse order and now the car wont start. the car has never had any starting problems before to my knowlage, only that some time the starter motor would stick on first turn but then it would be ok. any idea please people need it sorted asap thanks
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:17 PM
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Is the engine cranking over ? At normal speed ? When you turn the key to Position 2, do you hear the "whirring" noise of the fuel pump priming the system ?
Have you read the E46 Wiki ?
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:21 PM
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no engine wont crank over, all that happens is i turn the key and it does a clicking sound. all electricals seam really slow and light dim!no i havent yet.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:27 PM
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Sounds like it could be as simple as a dead battery
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:29 PM
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Thats exactly what i thought but why would it just go like that after disconecting altinator and battery
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:46 PM
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Thats exactly what i thought but why would it just go like that after disconecting altinator and battery
Batteries often die with little or no warning....happens all the time.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:36 PM
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Try to jump the battery or replace it, then you will know if your alternator drained it.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:43 PM
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Thanks everyone for replying. i shall try and put some leads or a replacment battery in her tomorrow and let you know how it goes. once again thanks
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:29 PM
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If not battery, then next consider a starter problem.
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Old 10-12-2012, 11:47 PM
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Batteries often die with little or no warning....happens all the time.
Which makes me think, that should actually check how old is my battery...
lots of things are still according how previous owner put them so i don't know for sure myself.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:42 AM
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Put the battery on charge this morning and the car just started up. thanks for all your help lads.
OH and how do i add a profile picture on here so i can show off my car haaa
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:16 AM
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Put the battery on charge this morning and the car just started up. thanks for all your help lads.
OH and how do i add a profile picture on here so i can show off my car haaa
Pictures of your car can be added in "My Garage", or optionally going into your profile (click your name) and then add album.

Older members may correct me if i adviced bit wrong.
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:42 PM
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