My daughter's 1995 318i crapped out again. She said the idle was a little
erratic, then the car stalled. The car had been running for about half an
hour by that time, so it was at operating temperature and she had no problem
initially starting the car this morning. After the stall she could not get
the starter to turn over.
I tried to start it, and although the ignition key turns fine, and the dash
lights come on, at the third ignition position nothing happens. There is no
relay, or solenoid noise, no "clicking" sound...nothing. I have checked the
fuses, and they are fine.
Yesterday, I took her car for a wash, but was careful not to get too much
water on the windshield area above the DME housing. The production date of
the car is May 1995, and BMW says that the DME flooding problem was fixed by
that production date, but I am still careful about that anyway.
Yesterday, I also sprayed a little graphite spray into the ignition because
occasionally the ignition key would not turn in the ignition. Now the key
turns fine, but could I have damaged the ignition lock set by using that
spray? Would that have caused a poor electrical connection in the ignition?
This car has been running fine for the last two weeks. Before that, the
ignition coil-pack had burnt out on cylinder #2, which toasted a transistor
in the DME. The ignition coil-pack has been replaced, and I bought a DME
from an auto salvage. I exchanged the EPROM chip for the EPROM chip from the
original DME, and all worked well, until today.
One other thing, before we bought the car 2 months ago, the starter had been
replaced, however, I don't think there is any voltage getting to the starter
relay, or the starter now.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks