Car not starting. Daughter was told to beat on gas tank and it started. Any answers

25

Asked by Apr 24, 2007 at 10:06 PM about the 1992 BMW 3 Series

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Daughter says car not starting. She was told by a mechanic to beat on gas tank and she did and the car started. I think coincidence. What do you think?

2 Answers

225

Very sick answer for a repair. I wouldn't want my daughter beating on the gas tank everytime the car quit. With that said I would suggest that you make sure that the pump is grounded properly. Any competent repair shop can do this. If your good with a test light you can make the check yourself by turing on the ignition swith and probing the elecrical wires that supply the pump. These are identified by accessing the top of your fuel tank and probing the wired leading into the tank. If there is a grounding problem youwon't get a light on the test light unless you bump the tank. If after bumping the tank you get a light then its a grounding problem. The simple fix is to cut into the ground wire and run a new wire to a common ground on your car frame. Use good wire and wire ends. I always suggest soddering the wire ends instead of crimping. The other problem would be an intermitent fuel pump problem. Pumps do go bad usually after about 100,000 miles. If you have to replace the pump be sure to also replace the inline fuel filter. Hope this helps. Jerry

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
Best Answer
25

Thanks for the reply. In stuck in OHIO and she's in Delaware and she had to do it 2 times today. Its going in the shop tomorrow Thanks for you help. The mechanic wants to put in a new pump but Ill have start at a grounding problem. Thanks cliff

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search BMW 3 Series Questions

BMW 3 Series Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 4,650
#2 Robert Charlson
Robert Charlson
Reputation 1,530
#3 Michael Branan
Michael Branan
Reputation 1,190
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used BMW 5 Series
460 Great Deals out of 15,987 listings starting at $1,700
Used BMW M3
45 Great Deals out of 1,517 listings starting at $5,800
Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class
447 Great Deals out of 26,582 listings starting at $2,000
Used Ford Mustang
472 Great Deals out of 45,735 listings starting at $1,999
Used Honda Accord
813 Great Deals out of 84,287 listings starting at $1,050
Used Chevrolet Camaro
225 Great Deals out of 30,943 listings starting at $1,217
Used BMW 7 Series
188 Great Deals out of 6,134 listings starting at $2,999

Used Cars For Sale

2017 BMW 3 Series For Sale
100 Great Deals out of 8,239 listings starting at $25,999
2016 BMW 3 Series For Sale
114 Great Deals out of 3,026 listings starting at $19,995
2015 BMW 3 Series For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 878 listings starting at $14,799
2014 BMW 3 Series For Sale
178 Great Deals out of 4,394 listings starting at $12,995
2013 BMW 3 Series For Sale
71 Great Deals out of 2,316 listings starting at $11,900

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.