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

1985 BMW 318i

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Diana G O'

September, 25, 2012 AT 3:25 PM

My car runs fine in neutral but does the minute I put it in gear

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KHLow2008

September, 25, 2012 AT 3:39 PM

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

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Diana G O'

September, 26, 2012 AT 5:25 AM

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

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KHLow2008

September, 26, 2012 AT 7:25 AM

What is the idling speed when it tends to stall? Are you able to restart easily?

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Diana G O'

September, 26, 2012 AT 2:49 PM

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

Tiny

KHLow2008

September, 26, 2012 AT 4:02 PM

Looks like you have a fault with the torque converter. This is an automatic transmission right?

Tiny

Diana G O'

September, 27, 2012 AT 7:05 AM

No. It's a manual

Tiny

KHLow2008

September, 27, 2012 AT 7:15 AM

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.

Tiny

Diana G O'

September, 27, 2012 AT 7:18 AM

Clutch cylinder?

Tiny

KHLow2008

September, 27, 2012 AT 8:42 AM

Clutch cylinder won't be affecting this. Pedal movement and linkages

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