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the car turns over but, won't start

metroman114metroman114 Posts: 1
edited July 2016 in BMW
My1984 528E has 438k original miles. the engine is strong with good compression in each value. I tried to start it today. it turns over but won't start. I am thinking fuel pump or gas tank fuel pump . any ideas guys
thank you for any suggestions


  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 60,704
    Try to squirt a bit of starting ether in the intake (not too much or too often!). If it kicks right off, then you have a fuel delivery issue. If the engine won't start or seem to start with starting fluid, chances are you have a spark problem or perhaps an injector pulse issue.

    You can also buy a simple spark tester for cheap at Autozone or similar store.

    You can also (carefully) press down on the schrader valve that is inserted in the fuel rail to see if there is pressure in the fuel line. Be careful as you are releasing a fuel spray, so use a rag and don't let anything touch a hot engine part.

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