Bad start on BMW 318i 1994 auto sedan


Asked by Feb 14, 2014 at 12:41 AM about the 1994 BMW 3 Series 318i

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi, having a bit of prolonging start procijer, when left over night, or even 4 to 5 hours, have
to crank the starter abt 8 to 12 times b4 finally it starts up and worms up. Mind you that
starts perfect from half a kick when worm. The temprtre is normal + 18° to + 28 ° C. I am
trying to say that it not winter or freezing cold. Thank you in advance, if some one has any
ideas, I have 1 of my own, but would like to hear some others. Thanks a lot everyone,
have a great day.

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Sounds like your fuel pressure regulator is possibly going bad. Also check your oil. Does it smell like gas? If so possibly an injector sticking open letting the fuel pressure off the fuel rail.

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Yeh, you know you mite be rite, cos I couldn't hear, or should say can't here it any more that noise that gous thrue fuel rail to injectors when you turn the ignition on, I thout it was my fuel pump faling, so if it the sticky injector, what can I do than, to clear it??


I would try a can of sea foam to a full tank of gas. This should free it up.

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Yeh, set, I ectioly have something new and better than sea foam., will try it now. And I just put it back 2gether after replacing a starter motor on it, what a horrible design, but anyway wen I had the headers out, and was checking the injector seal I do remember seeing in the 3 clndr a lifter was up, being totally bag ed wi the starter reasembly, I didn't really think clearly, I thou at 1 St that it was sticky and got stuck, but then 4 som stupid reason I thout that it just stopped in the middle of the circle that's why it open, but boy I was wrong & stupid, lolz, Hey thanks 4 Yr help anyway and is there a way of checking the pressure regulator, in case flushing won't help???


When you say start issues do you mean it turns over really slow in the morning or after a few hours? Or do you mean turns over like normal but takes more turns to start the car in the mornings?

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turns over like normal but takes more turns to start the car in the mornings.


That starting problem finally fixed, was an issue with a temperature sensor, after assembly from the starter motor I did prior. Now starts normal, from half a turn, no gas pedal pressed Ida, very happy, Thanks 4 all your help dandyoun!,, :-)

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