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WHY DOES MY CAR DIE AS SOON AS I PUT IT IN GEAR?

1985 BMW 318i • 300,000 miles

My car runs fine in neutral but does the minute I put it in gear
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Diana G O'
September 25, 2012.



Possible causes are idling speed is too low, engine performance is poor or there is a fault with the torque converter.

KHLow2008
Sep 25, 2012.
It was running fine hours before. What would be the most likely a answer with that in mind?

Tiny
Diana G O'
Sep 26, 2012.
What is the idling speed when it tends to stall? Are you able to restart easily?

KHLow2008
Sep 26, 2012.
It idles fine with or without giving it gas. As soon as I put it in gear, even giving it gas, it stalls.

Tiny
Diana G O'
Sep 26, 2012.
Looks like you have a fault with the torque converter. This is an automatic transmission right?

KHLow2008
Sep 26, 2012.
No. It's a manual

Tiny
Diana G O'
Sep 27, 2012.
That would be something else and this is rather surprising.

Check if the air hose between air filter and throttle body is cracked. You need to move it little with engine running in neutral to see if it affects anything.

Check for wires etc that have gotten into the way of the clutch pedal and related moving parts of the clutch.

KHLow2008
Sep 27, 2012.
Clutch cylinder?

Tiny
Diana G O'
Sep 27, 2012.
Clutch cylinder won't be affecting this. Pedal movement and linkages

KHLow2008
Sep 27, 2012.