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Gear shift loose, car cannot start. 1995 BMW 318i
Hello. It doesn’t sound like the problem with the shifter moving around and the car not starting are related. The part of the system that deals with starting the car is the clutch and clutch pedal switch. There is a...
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Gas gauge fluctuation, car can't turn over. 1995 BMW 318i
Hello. It sounds like the battery has low voltage and is unable to start the car. The battery may need to be replaced. There could also be a blown fuse for the battery which would result in the same problem....
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Car has trouble starting with the a quarter of gas left
Hello. There is usually a tray inside the fuel tank located under the fuel pump. This is used to get fuel to the pump when the gas is low or if the car is on an incline. This tray could...
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Fuse keeps blowing. 1997 BMW 318i
Hello. It sounds like you may have a short in the brake switch or a short in one of the pig tails. It is also possible that there is a short in the brake light sockets for the brake light...
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Car sputters and runs rough upon acceleration. 1995 BMW 318i
Hello. Thanks for writing in about your 1995 BMW 318i. This problem is usually caused by worn out spark plugs and spark plug wires. When the spark plugs are worn out they don’t fire as well during acceleration. If the...
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Would it give me trouble in the future?
Hello. If the car is missing the timing chain, then it will not run. I would steer far far away from buying a vehicle that needs this kind of repair. YourMechanic is capable of replacing your timing chain. However, what...
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I am looking to make a "sports" , "dub" car with alot of power.
Taking on a project such as this takes lots of time, even for the most experienced mechanic. You will be re-engineering your car and this will require you to learn a lot and make a lot of decisions. There is...
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Car won't go over 35 mph
Hello. We'll be happy to help with your 1998 BMW 318i. Your power loss may be due to something like a clogged catalytic converter, a bad ignition module, or faulted spark plugs. Check the flow of the catalytic converter, inspect...
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Car shakes at high speeds, steering difficult
Hello. We will be happy to assist you. Your description makes me get the impression that the vehicle may have two separate issues going on. The vibration is likely to do with the motor mounts. The engine mounts loose the...
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Ews intermediate no start due to starter immobilizer. How do i bypass starter immobilizer to the starter. Or at least relay
I have had a number of customers make requests such as this. The first few times I entertained the possibility of bypassing this system, but the simple fact is, it is less expensive just to have it fixed. The immobilizer...
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How much do mechanics charge to fix a blown head gasket on a 1996 BMW
Hey there. You are looking at a minimal charge just to remove the head and install the head with a new gasket to be 9.0 hours. There is always additional charges like disassembly of cylinder head to prepare to go...
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When I start accelerate, feels like there's an anchor holding the car
Hey there. Without additional detail as to the characteristics of the acceleration it may be difficult to diagnose without test driving the car. You will want to check to see if the acceleration feels more like a jerking or surging...
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My car cant go up steep slopes
Hi there, thanks for your question. I'd be happy to help. This may be related to many possible problems. If your car has any check engine lights on I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home...
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Chain noise but just had chain done
Hi. It sounds like the timing chain guides are loose or worn out causing the noise you still hear from the timing chain. There is also the possibility that the chain was not installed properly and that is the reason...
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Why does my car have rough idle and lack of power only on warm days?
This problem may be caused by a coolant temperature sensor, idle air control valve, throttle position sensor, or O2 sensor that may be failing. Use a digital volt ohm meter (DVOM) to check resistance on all of the sensors. If...
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Water boiling out of the radiator cap
If your cooling fans are not coming on, this suggests that either the fans themselves are faulty, the relay switch is not working properly or the coolant temperature sensor is not working properly. If the car is still overheating, this...
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Leaking water
Hi there. If you've recently had wholesale service completed on your cooling system (which based on your question it appears you have), the leaking water may be contributed to a coolant hose fitting that was not properly tightened or a...
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Car will not go into gear 1999 BMW 318
Hi there - I suspect the clutch throw-out bearing, or the linkage to it, has failed. This prevents clutch disengagement while the engine is operating, and keeping you from engaging any gear. With the engine off, you would still be...
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Hi, I got into a car accident with my bmw e36 and nothing but a dent in the middle of the grilles. Car would start but wouldn't mo
Hello. From what you describe it sounds as if your vehicle may be experiencing more than one issue. Brakes not functioning are usually caused by serious issues with the brake system. If they are not functioning at all then that...
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Why is my clutch grinding? 1994 BMW 318
Hello - I think it is safe to say that your clutch is worn out. The grind you hear when pressing the clutch pedal is almost certainly the clutch throwout bearing failing. And the slipping in higher gears indicates either...

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