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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 01-26-2013, 06:06 AM
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help my car wont start

hi all my car has been off the road for just over a year now, i got it started first turn off key was running nice took it for mot went back to pick it up and it wudnt start,

bumped it off and it drove home fine
but as soon as i turned it off and went to re start i get nothing i can here fuel pumps so i know its not that
starter motor should be fine as i have changed that

i now also have a problem with my electric windows they work on the first turn off key but when you turn it again they go off

iv checked all the fues's and relays under bonnet

any ideas

is a 1998 bmw 318i 1.8 16v e36 model

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Old 01-26-2013, 09:42 AM
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You need to describe the no- start issue more clearly. Does the engine spin when you try to start it, or do you get nothing but the dash lights on and the sound of the fuel pump running?
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:40 PM
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yes all i get is dash lights and can here fuel pump, it dosnt spin or anything but if i bump it its fine and runs nice

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Old 01-26-2013, 05:16 PM
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check the battery. bet it is dead.





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Old 01-27-2013, 03:44 AM
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its got new one on
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:32 AM
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Check your starter relay.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:43 PM
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EDIT TO THE ABOVE POST: My bad. I just realized that the starter relay is for automatic transmissions only.

OP, is it possible that your clutch safety switch is faulty?
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:09 PM
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well, if the battery is new then i would double check the connections to make sure there is no excessive resistance in the circuit. many times just because the clamps are tight doesn't mean that you have a solid connection. a voltage drop test would be the best way to check this. if there is an indication of high resistance then that needs to be addressed.




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Old 01-29-2013, 02:04 PM
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right just an update i been and bounght new starter as i put a used one on i had laying around and iv also been and bought brand new battery best i could get
fitted starter and tried it befor bolting box and prop back in and it started first turn
i then bolted box back in and prop went to start it again and its the same wont start ??

so now thinking its a problem on wireing to starter any ideas ?
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well, if the battery is new then i would double check the connections to make sure there is no excessive resistance in the circuit. many times just because the clamps are tight doesn't mean that you have a solid connection. a voltage drop test would be the best way to check this. if there is an indication of high resistance then that needs to be addressed.




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Did you try doing this? Did you try the other suggestions? A new battery and starter won't do you much good if the connections to them aren't working properly.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:27 PM
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no wasnt sure how to
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