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jpbutler1983 01-12-2013 02:50 PM

Stranded. Please help.
Car won't turnover. Makes the noise, cranks then fizzles out...

Fuel? Flooded?

AmazingNutz 01-12-2013 02:56 PM

I'd start with a jumpstart, check loose connections and battery.

Sent from my G6

jpbutler1983 01-12-2013 03:00 PM

But it doesn't seem to be an issue with voltage. It doesn't sound like a dying battery. It sounds like it is not getting what it needs to finish the turnover...

DiscoStu 01-12-2013 03:02 PM

It still could be the battery. It's the easiest to diagnose so you might as well investigate it. I'd first try to jump it.

jpbutler1983 01-12-2013 03:24 PM

I don't t think it's a battery issue... But it's an easy check so...

DiscoStu 01-12-2013 03:26 PM

There should be positive and negative terminals under the hood. Look up in the top left corner. You can also access the battery directly in the trunk on the right side.

jpbutler1983 01-12-2013 03:26 PM

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Attachment 485771 negative lead.

DiscoStu 01-12-2013 03:27 PM


jpbutler1983 01-12-2013 03:28 PM

Thanks. I've just heard so many horror stories about electronics going haywire after a jump

dmax 01-12-2013 03:28 PM

If you're asking us about fuel, maybe you should add fuel...especially if you're showing less than 1/4 tank. The gauge often fails.

If you hear a strong cranking...it could just be fuel...could be fuel pump (rarely is FP relay or fuse, but you can check fuse and if you want, swap horn and FP relay).

Use cluster test for voltage...s/b around 12 off and around 14 when on.

The negative terminal under the hood is just behind the +terminal inside the drug bin...on the other side of the partition...same nut as on +terminal.

jpbutler1983 01-12-2013 03:30 PM

I have 3/4 of a tank.

I was referring to the pump. I checked the fuse. Its fine. I haven't checked the schrader valve under the hood cover to see if it sprays fuel because I have no tools in this parking lot

jpbutler1983 01-12-2013 03:32 PM

I just filled up yesterday with 93 unleaded from BP. Driving fine the whole time. Went in a store today, came out, and now this

jpbutler1983 01-12-2013 03:34 PM

I did go through a carwash with an undercarriage wash... ?

jpbutler1983 01-12-2013 03:45 PM

There are two fuses for the horn 5a and 15a... The fuel pump fuse is 20a

dmax 01-12-2013 03:57 PM

You can check your Kalim fuse...the 20 amp fuse in the fuse pack in the e-box...black box in front of driver under hood. That fuse going will also lead to a no start as it feeds the FP relay power...iirc

jpbutler1983 01-12-2013 04:04 PM

Well I checked the fuel valve under the hood cover, fuel sprayed. Got a jump with no change in symptoms.

AmazingNutz 01-12-2013 04:24 PM

OP, how old is your battery?

Sent from my G6

Blueandwhite85 01-12-2013 04:30 PM

Mileage? I'm going to go with fuel pump if there were zero issues before this happened. On the rear passenger side of the car right at the wheel, you should be able to hear the fuel pump buzz a bit. Will need someone to turn the key from position 0-2 while you listen though.. if you don't hear anything at all... bing bing bing. Happened to my e46, my neighbor's and also a friend's.

dmax 01-12-2013 04:56 PM


Originally Posted by jpbutler1983 (Post 15055223)
Well I checked the fuel valve under the hood cover, fuel sprayed. Got a jump with no change in symptoms.

Hmmm? I believe the system stays under pressure, so not sure that's 100% that FP is okay.


BimmersGarage 01-12-2013 04:58 PM

If you get a jump from someone with vehicle that has a small* battery it will not be enough to jumpstart your bimmer.

*You need at least 740 CCA battery to properly jump.

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