3 Days of frustration - 1999 E39 Auto needs to get back on the road ASAP - HELP ME!

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  1. 3 Days of frustration - 1999 E39 Auto needs to get back on the road ASAP - HELP ME! 
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    New BMW genuine Crank Sensor fitted - check
    6 month old battery charged by jump leads from friendly neighbour - check
    Fuel pump checked for good strong surge when ignition turned on - check
    Fuses checked in the boot - check
    All lights and radio, fans and AC working - check

    So why oh why is this car refusing to fire up.

    This 1999 Automatic 528i Touring has offered me 11 years and 100,000 miles of trouble free driving. The car has been regularly serviced (last time in January 2012) at registered BMW specialists or dealership, however in the recent 12 months, this motor has caused me headaches and a large hole to appear in my bank account. it has never been the same since I had a new cam and crank sensor issue throw up a terminal code in December. It turns out that the spurious Chinese import sensors fitted to the car were in no way going to last more than 12 months and after having the car checked over by a very well known and much more intelligent BMW specialist than I, it was suggested that I remove and fit a BMW Genuine crank sensor. This was done on Friday afternoon and provoked the reason for me calling all on forums to seek any information that could get my beloved 5 series back on the road.

    I would be very happy to hear from anyone out there in Bimmerland who has either experienced and successfully fixed the issue or from any of your more intelligent people out there who know what the hell is going on.

    Please save me from another week of public transport commuting, especially with my 18 month old son on the nursery run.

    Many thanks
     
     

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    What is the actual problem? Turns over but doesn't fire?
    2003 E39 530i Sport Touring Auto.
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    we need to know what is happening. turning over and not starting. ticking? etc
     
     

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    It tries to start, the fly wheel is moving round and everything in the cockpit of the car is working (fans, AC, radio) and all the lights are working just fine. it started making a rather asthmatic attempt of starting when the problem started last week, after three attempts at trying to get the car to turn over, it just makes the same buzzing noise, like the fuel pump is taking the fuel from the tank, but it's just not getting to spark.

    I am no mechanic (unsurprisingly) so any advise of what to look out for before calling in the cavalry next week.
     
     

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    if you could post a video it would be better to see what the car is doing.
    Mine did the same, it would turn over no problem just like it used to but it didnt start. Turned out the fuel pump needed changing. Are you 100% sure that fuel is being pumped. Or you said it tries to make an asthmatic attempt to start. In which case its most likely not the fuel pump. I was going to suggest trying to push start but realised its an auto.
     
     

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    As soon as the monsoon weather stops I shall video the current problem for you. I have had the fuel pump checked and the adequate voltage is there and the flow is good and strong, I stuck my head under the car this morning and followed the fuel line to check for any problems especially around the fuel filter. I cannot see any fluids leaking or creating any stains on the drive.

    A proper noodle scratcher
     
     

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