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BMW 318i SE cutting out

Postby swift77 » Wed, 09 May 2012 13:15:37 UTC

I have a slightly odd problem.
I purchased a 52 plate BMW, fantastic!!
I had never driven a BMW before and am now a fanatic....however, one day a couple of weeks ago I drove to the local shop (no more than 5 minutes away) shopped for 15 minutes, when I came back the engine would not start the starter motor was turning over but nothing. I left it 5 minutes returned and it was fine except for the fact that the warning light was orange and the handbrake light was on and orange.

Thought nothing more of it, perhaps I had flooded the engine....

Since then I have driven no proble, i have even driven 150 miles (1 journey) and back within 3 days, no problem.

Then today, I was driving along and the orange warning light came on, as did the warning handbrake light, the engine then cut out.....

Any advice??

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Re: BMW 318i SE cutting out

Postby slim_boy_fat » Wed, 09 May 2012 14:51:27 UTC

Simplest thing is to get the fault codes read at a good Indy. Otherwise you can waste money with the 'scatter-gun' approach to fault tracing..... :wink:

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Re: BMW 318i SE cutting out

Postby pjv » Thu, 10 May 2012 01:09:09 UTC

Sounds like the crankshaft sensor, which is a common problem, but could be other things too. Definitely get the codes read, but sometimes the crank sensor fault will not show up. Also check electrical connections such as battery, alternator.

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Re: BMW 318i SE cutting out

Postby jimbob » Thu, 10 May 2012 07:55:10 UTC

welcome to the land same thing happened to me with my previous car would cut out every now and again during the warm up period
then be fine for the rest of the day until it was doing it every morning
changed the crankshaft sensor normal service resumed
as slim said get the codes read in case ther is anything else underlying

kind rgards jimbob.

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