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  1. 2002 E46 318CI - sometimes wont start and sometimes cuts out 
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    Hello,

    Been having a very intermitting problem where my car does not start got a code reader and the code that appears says alternator fault, does any one know if the ECU monitors feedback from the alternator and how this is done and will it stop the car from starting. i know the alternator is ok because when the car is running ok the fault will not appear for a couple of days and when it does fault i have had a jump start from a flat battery which will then charge over the proceeding journey.
     
     

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    Were the codes read using a BMW specific scanner or a EOBD code reader? if it was a EOBD code reader then it won't be able to read all the fault codes as BMW hide some further in the ECU and only a BMW code reader can view them.
     
     

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    where are you my friend, can read the codes for you, pm me if your in the westmidlands.
     
     

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