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Old 08-28-2013, 08:03 AM
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Unhappy Hidden car issue, no body in my country knows how to fix it

Greetings forum,

Car Details: e36 - 1996, 320i Manual gearbox - Nothing modified.

I have been recently having a major shut down problem that no one can figure out in my country (Jordan)

The Problem:

Car shuts down while driving for the first time, So far once a day, and weirdly enough, at the same time of the day, but not while driving... which might be a pure coincidence

Cranks but won't start, as if no fuel is being transmitted, oil and battery lights become on, so i turn the key and it acts as if the battery is dead, but all lights are on, and even the radio is working... and won't start until i reset the car system (Disconnect the battery for a couple of minutes)

Sent it to a BMW electrician shop, they checked it by the computer, and he said it did not show any faults.

Mechanically checked almost everything, Fuel pump has been fully checked, changed fuel filter, thought it was the problem but apparently not.

Can you please recommend what do i need to look for ?

A mechanic is pushing me to buy a car computer + a Camshaft sensor, which i can't really afford at the moment.


Help is really much appreciated...

Thank you.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:24 AM
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I just noticed that i accidentally posted on the M forums, and mine is not an M power "Yet "

Please can an admin move it into the normal e36 section, as i don't want to flood topics.


P.S: i will post a video when the issue happens, to show you guys how it sounds exactly.


Thanks.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:55 PM
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You might have to PM an admin to get their attention.

I would check for vacuum leaks and get the alternator (including the voltage regulator) tested.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:24 AM
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Thanks bro, noted.

***UPDATE ***

Yesterday the car did not shut down, but today on my way to work it did,

I uploaded a video of what's happening when i turn the key, since maybe i can't exactly explain due to my english fail.





I tried to disconnect the Battery for 10 minutes, then 20 minutes, and still won't run.

So apperantly the battery reset was pure luck, since each time i got the car running again, i was playing around with the fuel pump.

So after trying with the battery and nothing... i opened the fuel pump, removed both of the electrical cables on it, and plugged them back in, and voila, car running again.

This might be that or that's just pure luck, i now have 2 options to get the car running again, either the fuel pump cables, or just waiting half an hour for it to run again.




Edit: Fuel pedal seems dead when it does that too

Last edited by sovetcke; 08-29-2013 at 01:26 AM.
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:21 AM
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** UPDATE**

My Mechanic got me a Crankshaft sensor and a computer for the car, he asked me to call him when it shuts down again (Which what it is not doing so far lol), as he wants to replace the computer when it's in the dead state so i don't spend weeks trying out stuff.

He insists it's the computer and told me that he wants me to praise his work and he is going to fix it, instead of one day saying that he failed, guy is a BMW nerd.

i'll keep you updated with this, so far it's not shutting down.
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:06 PM
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Re: Hidden car issue, no body in my country knows how to fix it

Third day and still no shutdown, the car is scared

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Old 09-03-2013, 07:15 PM
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Sovetcke, where are the wires to the fuel pump? I'm having a very similar issue
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:26 PM
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The 2 right on top of rhe pump as soon as u open it, not sure how they relate to the problem
But it worked last time... still no shut downs... but ill keep u updated till am 100% sure
I fixed it, my mechanic took it as a Chellange hah
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:43 PM
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The 2 right on top of rhe pump as soon as u open it, not sure how they relate to the problem
But it worked last time... still no shut downs... but ill keep u updated till am 100% sure
I fixed it, my mechanic took it as a Chellange hah
Is that opening under the back seat?
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:42 AM
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yep
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:04 AM
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I did find it thanks, disconnected the fuel pump, cranked the car, then re-connected it. No Joy. It will start if I put starting fluid in it though
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:14 AM
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Re: Hidden car issue, no body in my country knows how to fix it

Did u try to disconnect the car battery for 10 min ? this wilp reset the computer. My mechanic narrowed the problem to a crank sensor or a car computer, I will replace them and see which as soon as it does it again, so far it still did not shut down.

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Old 09-04-2013, 10:25 AM
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The battery was out of the car for about 4 days, while I was working on the starter replacement. I will try again, see if that works for me.
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