E36 316 Won't start!!! - (Already replaced fuel pump, filter, crank sensor)
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    Won't start!!! - (Already replaced fuel pump, filter, crank sensor)

    This fuuuuuUUUUUuuuucking car! - Nearly had an accident because of these issues!

    Instead of writing a paragraph, I'm just gonna explain problems... individually.



    I'm driving along the road @ 30mph, car's in 5th gear, and in a normal driving pace
    - 10 minutes of driving, then suddenly
    - The revs drop to 0RPM
    - The power goes out
    (the car is still moving, but slowing down terribly)
    (the power goes out, the brakes are working but almost had an accident because no power = no brake lights to warn driving behind me...)
    - The instrument cluster shows ONLY these lights ---> [Battery Symbol]___________[Oil Pan Symbol]______[Air bag light]

    Whilst i'm safely parked away from road, I try to start the car.....While the key is STILL trying to start the car....
    - The car keeps coughing & coughing ...............................and coughing.......
    - The Instrument cluster FULLY illuminates this time.... (i can see all the symbols , etc...)

    10 minutes later, i gave up..... It won't start...Just coughs....._____Bonnet gets opened for visual checks...
    - Engine's warm
    - Coolant is there (& warm)
    - OIL Dipstick shows the car still has full OiL (i did an oil change a month ago)
    - Fuel tank is HALF FULL (recently topped up this morning)
    - No leaks anywhere, no wires disconnected...
    _____________-I can't see anything else that could be faulty____________

    Attempted remedies....
    - Switch off Radio, cut off all power to sound system amps, cut all power to interior gadgets... (disconnecting wires)

    2nd attempt to start........then it keeps coughing....
    - This means the disconnected interior gadgets & I.C.E units had nothing to do with this situation...

    3rd attempt to start......THEN IT STARTS!!!!!!

    5 minutes BEFORE i reach my house
    - It cuts off again!
    - Revs drop to 0 RPM
    - Instrument cluster has NO LIGHTS ___except for Battery , Oil , Air Bag

    I gave up & just pushed this fucking girl home.....URGH!!!


    I'm not an expert at all but i'm guessing these *might* be the suspects:
    - faulty alternator (not enough power/current for car ?)
    - Injectors ? (car cuts off whilst driving)
    - Fuel Pump ? (could be the reason why car keeps coughing while trying to start)
    - Dodgy battery ? (....but the battery is reasonably new!)



    Honestly i don't know
    Can anyone shed some light in to this ? I'm actually scared to drive my car now!
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    Random Power Cuts,__Keeps coughing while trying to start the car!!!______ :-(

    That sounds rather dangerous, iirc a camshaft sensor can cause the car to cut out whilst driving, this may not be the problem but it might be worth having a look at whilst you check the others, a code read will show a camshaft error

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee_h View Post
    That sounds rather dangerous, iirc a camshaft sensor can cause the car to cut out whilst driving, this may not be the problem but it might be worth having a look at whilst you check the others, a code read will show a camshaft error
    Hmmm a camshaft sensor ? I never expected that to cause problems! But thanks for mentioning it, but it sucks INPA doesn't work nicely because i don't have the correct cable... (i got a 7 vagcom lead + pacman connector)

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    Random Power Cuts,__Keeps coughing while trying to start the car!!!______ :-(

    Quote Originally Posted by wanda View Post
    Hmmm a camshaft sensor ? I never expected that to cause problems! But thanks for mentioning it, but it sucks INPA doesn't work nicely because i don't have the correct cable... (i got a 7 vagcom lead + pacman connector)
    Yeah I have heard a few people mention problems with cars cutting out whilst driving and it has been down to a camshaft sensor, this might not be your problem though

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    Actually, to be honest. If i'm at home, the car always starts. It's only after driving, it refuses to start (after a cut out whilst in motion). Luckily, i don't have work tomorrow, so it gives me a chance to have a look at it.

    If it wasn't the sensor, would it still be worth replacing it ? or just leave it ?.... The car's at 107,000 miles. I don't if they fail due to age or something else.

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    Random Power Cuts,__Keeps coughing while trying to start the car!!!______ :-(

    If the sensor hasn't failed I wouldn't bother replacing it, I would definately get a code read though

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    I've managed to grab a hold of a Cam Sensor. I'll have to hope it works though.

    Just a question, is it necessary to replace the CRANK sensor too ? (which sits near the bottom of engine)

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    No ? Well i'm thinking of getting one. But i'm still not sure if the "crank" sensor could be involved in my situation ?

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    Random Power Cuts,__Keeps coughing while trying to start the car!!!______ :-(

    I have the lead but I don't have the round adaptor for the e36
    If your close enough to Goldthorpe I could nip round and have a look.

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    Okay, so i've managed to replace a "CamShaft" sensor on the car.

    Mind you the car hasn't been driving since the situation. So today i tried to start the car, I wouldn't start. Just keeps on coughing & coughing. I tried 20 times then gave up.

    So do you guys think i should also replace the "CrankShaft" sensor too ?
    (Mind you, this fucking thing is nowhere to be found, especially for a 1.6/1.8 , and the dealer want's a LOT of money for it :( )
    (There's a few new sensors on eBay BUT they're only for 6-cylinder cars)

    Or else, could it be the Fuel Pump ?
    (Under the backseat....
    - The driver side has a blue cover - with 2 plugs & one pipe)
    - The passenger side has a white cover -with 1 plug & one pipe)
    Do i replace both parts ?


    Car hasn't been on diagnostics as INPA pisses me off (Apparently i need a different type of cable). & Obviously, the car won't start, so therefore i can't take it to a garage to get codes.

    Any responses would be most helpful

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