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Old 02-24-2005, 09:16 AM
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'85 528e startup after 6 months idle

Following the previous message....

due to the starter issue the car has been parked outdoors (cold canada) under a roof and has not started up in almost 6 months.

Any suggestions on what to do to derisk issues after starting? (without getting too extensive - it's an old (but good) car).

Squirt some motor oil in the sprk plug holes and crank a bit manually before firing it up?

Any areas than can suffer from humidy (elecrical) that might give us problems? It was issue free last year.

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Old 02-28-2005, 03:05 PM
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Greg,

The e28 528e is the M20 "small block" 2.5 liter engine , the 535i has the "big block" 3.5 liter.
The m20 and m30 starters are a PITA to r and r.
One of the bolts is very hard to get to. I have found the best way is with a ratcheting box end wrench. I don't recall the size but would guess 13 mm. The Bentley manual mentions a half moon wrench but I have never seen one, so don't know how well that works.
I have never heard of anyone doing a rebuild on a starter. I would just get a rebuild.

On the engine start after sitting for 6 months, I would do an oil and filter change and as you mentioned a little oil in the cylinders wouldn't hurt.
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