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  1. BMW 316i E36 2000 Electrical fault, will not start.(FIXED) 
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    Hey guys.
    Was driving the other day, stopped at some lights and my car cut out and would not start again. Pushed it to one side, waited a while then it fired up.
    Later the same day i tried starting it but wouldnt fire.
    There is clicking noises coming from engine bay, my rev and fuel tachos flip to full and back down again and engine will not start.
    AA came out and wasnt aloud to huck up to fault reader, he confirmed a 'undiagnosed electrical fault'......then flattened my battery trying to start it. Unbeleivable!!!!
    Does anyone have a clue what it could be? Ive heard it could be the camshaft sensor but its doesnt even start from cold.
    Maybe loose earth or fauly wiring?

    My mate is going to try and hook it up to his OBD2 fault reader but im i dont even know if my car has OBD2.

    Any suggestions please???? Car has been sitting for 3 days. My feet are killing me.

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    Isn't this the same problem you had a while back? if so you should continue the same thread so people can see what has already been advised/checked/replaced.
    Can you determine what is actually clicking within the engine bay and when this happens. is it when the ignition is on or when you're cranking the engine over.
    Did you check the DME and Fuel pump relays were OK?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by gildersol View Post
    Isn't this the same problem you had a while back? if so you should continue the same thread so people can see what has already been advised/checked/replaced.
    Can you determine what is actually clicking within the engine bay and when this happens. is it when the ignition is on or when you're cranking the engine over.
    Did you check the DME and Fuel pump relays were OK?

    Yes i thought the problem was solved but i was wrong. I thought this section of the forum would be best for the subject.
    I dont even know how to check if the relays are working. The clicking noises come on when the rev and fuel needles move. Then the ignition will turn over for around 3 seconds then cut out and needles will move again with more clicking.
     
     

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    So although you're holding the key in the start position, the starter only turns for a few seconds then stops? You can't keep it turning over as long as you want?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by gildersol View Post
    So although you're holding the key in the start position, the starter only turns for a few seconds then stops? You can't keep it turning over as long as you want?

    Thats right mate. Even if i keep the key turned the ignition will cut out then try again with needles moving in between and clicking.
     
     

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    As far as I remember, you have a good battery and the alternator is charging OK.
    I would check for a faulty ignition switch or a bad connection at the switch.
    The circuit which drives the starter motor is quite straight forward in that power flows through the switch, then through the immobiliser to the starter. If the starter cuts out then it is losing power and that could be via a faulty switch.
    Something could be initiating the immobilser, but the first place to look is the switch.
    A bad connection closer to the starter (or indeed a faulty starter) could cause the starter to stop turning, but not the fact that the car cut out.
     
     

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    When it stops turning over even though you have the key turned stop and have a feel of your battery terminals, if they are getting hot then you have a bad connection.

    Your battery is in the boot isn't it?
     
     

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    Ok got a spark coming out tomorrow. Been told it isnt a problem that a diagnostic reader can solve or give me an answer to. Sounds like wiring fault or loose connection.So might be back on road tomorrow.
     
     

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    Would be worth checking your battery connections and your earth straps and starter motor connection.
     
     

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    Ok lads thanks for the help. I got really fed up with my breakdown company so they felt sorry for me and sent a BMW Technician to me. He hooked his £6000 diagnostic kit up to my car and found out i need a new crankshaft sensor.
    The Camshaft sensor came up too but he said once the new crankshaft sensor is in it will overide the camshaft fault.
    After all this waiting around for Auto Electricians and being told they are too busy im going to bite the bullet and buy my own Bmw Fault reader. Not a proper one that cost more than my car but a half decent one.

    By the way the BMW Customer service mobile technician was amazingly helpful and even ordered my sensor for me. He actually wanted to help me.
     
     

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