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  1. 1999 e36 coupe idle issues 
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    I was driving along and my car started shaking so tried revving it abit and nothing happened so i pulled over and its like iv got no power because when i stopped, my engine died on me i could just get the engine started again and went to push the accelerator and the car died i got towed home and went to try and start it up again a few hours later and i cant even get the engine started it tries to then gives up any ideas on what it could be? i thought it was my battery when i tried started it and nothing happened but my mates have said starter motor, alternator and fuel filter so no ones got any idea really lol has anyone on here come across this before if so please help


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    spark plugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    mine did exactly same
     
     

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    Have you checked for spark and fuel?
     
     

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    see i thought the spark plugs but then i only changed them about 6 months ago how often do they need changing? and iv got quarter tank of petrol
     
     

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    my spark plugs would be burnt out wouldnt they if they need changing?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamM3 View Post
    Have you checked for spark and fuel?
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    i will check the spark plugs now give me a few mins will post a pic up aswell ok
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by robs e36 View Post
    i will check the spark plugs now give me a few mins will post a pic up aswell ok
    Pull a SP out, rest it against the engine and turn the car over and look for a strong blue spark.

    Pull out the fuel line and turn the car over, look for fuel coming through.

    Also worth listening if the fuel pump primes when put into ignition..
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by robs e36 View Post
    see i thought the spark plugs but then i only changed them about 6 months ago how often do they need changing? and iv got quarter tank of petrol
    I change mine every 10k. Some people change and forget..
     
     

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    right just checked my spark plugs they are all fine how ever the first one was really loose so tightened it up abit more, checked the engine coolant that was 2 marks below the recommeneded line so topped that up abit also checked the oil level and it was spot on, tried starting the car and all its doing now is making a ticking noise so i think my battery is flat but i am a novice to all this so i have no idea lol
     
     

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