Having problems with your 1996 BMW 318 ?

330d sports auto E46 - turning over but NOT firing.

\015 Please help!!\015\012\015\012I have a 2002 registered BMW 330d, sports auto, facelift model with M-tec body kit and accessories. I have had the car for the last 3 years, serviced it regualary and it has been fine until a week ago, although I had noticed it taking slightly longer (not excessive) to start recently BUT put it down to the cold weather?? \015\012The story starts with me taking a journey of 12 miles with the car starting fine or at least as I had got used to. Once I reached my destination I left the car for a couple of hours and when I returned to it I honestly thought it wasn't going to start. I had to turn it over a couple of times and for considerably longer than before with it only starting with me pressing the accelerator to the floor. I then drove 10 miles, swithed the car off and left it for an hour went to start it again and it started fine. I then drove home and left the car overnight, when I came to drive to work in the morning It wouldn't start. The engine would turn over but would not fire.\015\012I called a mobile mechanic specialising in German cars, who got the car statrted with a little spray of easy start and once running the car runs fine, the accelerator response is instant and it doesn't cut out. After only a few mins the car was switched off and then tried to start (no easy start) and it would not fire, only turn over. The car was started again with the use of easy start and left to get to running temperature. Once at running temperatur the car was switched off and then an attempt made to start it, and the car fired up on it's own. I was told it was the glow plugs as they had never been changed in 90k miles. \015\012Mechanics changed the glow plugs and gave the car a full service, I collected the car and was told that it had started straight away once the glow plugs were changed. When the mechanic tried to start it, to show me the car working - the problem was still apparent though possibly marginally better. The mechanics also told me that my fuel pressure was slightly lower than it should be and that it was 2.8 bar instead of 3bar. I needed the use of my car so paid the bill and drove home although advised by the mechanics that more investigation was needed. For the next couple of days the car started although I needed to turn the car over for a long time before it eventually fired but at least it did. After a couple of days I was back on the phone to the mechanics as the car was refusing to start again. \015\012I had spoken to a BMW technician who stated that the E46 models had a problem with the low pressure fuel pump and that it sounded to him that this was my problem. I instructed the mechanics to change this which they have done BUT still the starting issue persists despite the fuel pressure now being the required 3bar.\015\012\015\012Please help - it's getting expensive now! And many thanks in advance.\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 27-01-2020

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