Engine Mechanical problem
1986 BMW 528 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 166463 miles
my 86 528e won't start.
I have fuel and ignition. This problem was intermittent for a long while. Then one day I was climbing a 20 degree bridge and it stalled. I let it coast over the top and it started again approximately at the same longitude going down the other side. The tank read 1/2 so I filled it. But the same thing happened on the way home with a full tank. This time it wouldn't start for a while. I pulled over, jumped the fuel pump at the fuse box and it seemed to work. That was the last time the car was off my property. I didn't trust it after that and when I tried to start it most of the time it would not. Not even sputter.
At one point I pulled the plugs, cleaned them and it started and ran fine long enough to give it a bath. I parked it for a few days and tried it again, no soap. I gave up on it and drove my truck for a while and searched for a mechanic who acted like they knew what to look for, without success. My experience in this town is they are more than happy to charge you for leaning over your fenders and shaking their heads.
Finally it's been sitting for a couple years now; as a result of the no start condition, So I bought a newer 530iA, which is somewhat disappointing considering it cost a hundred times more than the 528. I miss the 528. I'd like to get it running again.
I have owned service garages when I was young an good-looking but now I'm old it's tough to bend and crawl. So I need to focus on the most likely problems or run out of steam without any success.
Fuel flows from the pump and the plugs fire. When this car starts it starts in one or two seconds, never cranked and cranked. I'm a little worried I'll burn out the starter if I don't get direction soon.
What do I need to fix it? I'm thinking of getting a running parts car and swapping parts till it starts. I'm wondering if there's a better way first? thanks
Monday, June 23rd, 2008 AT 9:16 PM