Last couple of days my car wouldn't start at all. So I did the following:
- Changed CAM sensor
- Changed CRANK sensor
- Changed fuel pump
Actually, my OLD fuel pump ALSO works. So my starting problems had nothing to do with the fuel pump because it still works. (But i'll keep it for spares anyway)
The REAL problem was the "relay". I went to the breakers yard & bought a used relay from another e36. Now my car runs smoothly!
Last 3 days, the car has never stalled during idle, never cut off during a journey. It's been flawless so far. But there's a visual problem!
On the instrument cluster, the Fuel Level gauge is always OUT OF the range. What i mean is that, this is what i ALWAYS see....
The needle refuses to move up... Just stays out. This week i've spent £30 topping up the car, so i KNOW i have some petrol in the tank....
I did some checks.....
- Driver Side Fuel Pump = Has power & starts the car no problem
- Driver Side Fuel LEVEL SENDER = Is now reading 110 ohms (on my multi meter)
- Passenger Side LEVEL SENDER = Is now reading 10 ohms (in Bentely manual , 10ohs means empty)
- Driver Side TANK = i see petrol
- Passenger Side TANK -= There's no petrol (it's empty!) It explains why the multi meter was showing 10 ohms
Instrument Cluster Test:
1. Hold the mileage reset button (& don't let go of it)
2. Put the key in position 2 (ignition)
3. The cluster tests the LCD & prints out numbers & codes, etc....
4. The cluster tests the needles...
- Rev Meter moves up & down
- Speed Meter moves up & down
- Engine Temp moves up & down
- Fuel Level moves up & down...
I don't really know what's going on!!! What could possibly cause the fuel level gauge to be like this ?...
BMW Gurus can you help shed some light on this ?