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Old 03-04-2013, 12:46 PM   #1
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E46 starting problem

So today when I tried to start my car after class my car wouldn't start. So I pushed the clutch in harder and than it started. Seems like a quick fix but I want it to work right. Weather got hotter if that has anything to do with it
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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I had a problem like that and it ended up being my key, try a spare and see if it makes a difference
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:35 PM   #3
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it still does it but i found out why, i needed to push it in where i here a click in the clutch than it would turn on
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:40 PM   #4
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Your year e46 has 2 clutch switches, one at the top to detect starting to push the clutch, so as to deactivate CC, and one at the bottom of the range to make sure the clutch if fully disengaged before starting. Sounds the later one may need adjusting/replacing.

The 2002+ started using a single 4 wire interrupter style that detects both.

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Old 03-04-2013, 07:43 PM   #5
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how do i adjust it?
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:55 PM   #6
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I don't recall if the 2000 model gives you the ability to adjust the position of the switch or not like on some older cars. You may just have to adjust the position of your seat to make sure your extending the pedal fully in order to engage the switch. If you notice that the problem becomes intermittent, I'd suggest a volt/ohm meter to test the switch.

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Old 03-04-2013, 09:10 PM   #7
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Yeah il just move my seat up I guess
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:43 PM   #8
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So today when I tried to start my car after class my car wouldn't start. So I pushed the clutch in harder and than it started. Seems like a quick fix but I want it to work right. Weather got hotter if that has anything to do with it
You need a new safety clutch switch.
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And you need to clean/bleed your clutch delay valve to improve the shifting!
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:03 PM   #10
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The 2002+ started using a single 4 wire interrupter style that detects both.
Actually even my 2001 has the new kind.
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