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Old 04-11-2017, 12:41 AM   #1
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Default 1995 Bmw 318ti Wont Start Or Crank

Hello guys i have a quick question that i was hoping some of you can help me answer. I have a 1995 bmw 318ti automatic, which wont start. The car is fairly new to me and do not have much experiences with e36's. When i plug the battery in the front and rear turn signals turn on and wont turn off, also the rear wiper turns on and wont stop. When i position the key into the second position i am able to turn on the head lights, use power mirrors etc, but engine will not crank whats so ever. I have tried multiple working battery's with no difference in results. Was told it could be the ews system that came with these cars not sending a proper signal to the dme causing it not to start. So i bought the ews delete chip from midnight tuning and plugged it in, unfortunately the chip made no difference. Figured its probably a bad starter since it would not click what so ever, replaced the starter with a remanufactured one and still having the same issue. Any Ideas?
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Check the fuses to start off. Make sure nothing was tripped. The odd thing is the tails and wiper, which kinda sounds like a grounding issue. Sometimes I would tap on the starter with a rubber mallet then start to see if the starter would respond. These are items I checked on a non BMW, before buying my 318.

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Update:

Did have a ground issue, replaced the ground cable and so far everything electrical works for the most part. Rear wiper no longer starts right away and turn signals do not automatically turn on when battery is plugged it. I went to crank it and it struggles to turn over. But atleast it is trying to start. Checked for spark in the plugs and I do not have spark. I did have oil in the plug wells. Figured I need to replace valve cover and spark well gasket. Bought a new fuel pump relay, engine component relay and a new crankshaft sensor just incase. Any ideas then that?

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Is the battery fully charged? If you have a voltmeter, check the voltage across the battery terminals while someone spins it over, or rig it up so you can watch the meter. You should stay close to 12 volts, even while cranking. If the battery is ok, check all your connections. Battery terminals, starter terminal, engine ground. Spin it for a few seconds and see if any connections are hot. Heat indicates high resistance. Hope this helps.

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Symptoms, when key is in second position everything electrical works, all lights, windows, a.c, instrumenr cluster, window wipers etc, when turning the key all the way over the engine tries to start, can see and hear all belts moving but doesn't want to fire up. I have replaced the crankshaft sensor, ignition wires, fuel pump relay, engine control relay, bought a new battery, plugs, and gave it an oil change. Removed the DME, no water or moisture what so ever in the compartment and DME looking to be in all working order.

I did try spraying a bit of starter fluid in the intake manifold and it started to puffer like it wanted to crank over but then would go back to shrugging. I'm assuming I'm not getting any fuel. I tested the fuel pump and oil did squirt out when trying to crank. Any ideas or suggestions.

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After trying to start, did you depress the Schrader valve on the fuel rail to check if it's pressurized?
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No I haven't, I'll go and try that.

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Wear safety glasses and hold a rag over the valve when you do this.
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Let us know what you find.
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