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Old 30th September 2008, 05:19   #1
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Car won't start after heavy rain... Ideas?

Guys, any idea what t can be??

I got rear-ended a while ago.
The car was fixed, however when it sits in really heavy rain a bit of water gets in the trunk area, a few drops or so...
As a result, the car won't start, however, the starter still shows signs of life.

It happened once before. I then jump-started it without any problems and drove for another month or so.
So, we had pretty heavy rain in Boca on Sunday and this morning I couldn't start it again. Dead! Not a single light on the cluster
Tried to jump-start it - no luck...
Then the AAA guy came over - the board computer came on, got power on the instrument cluster, the headlights came on too, however it still wouldn't start, just a few chokes...
I was told it had nothing to do with the battery and the starter seemed to be fine too...

Maybe, bad wiring isolation, since there are so many wires in the trunk area?

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Old 30th September 2008, 07:42   #2
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How old is the battery?
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How old is the battery?
Good point about the battery. If it's original, it's about at end-of-life in a MY2001..
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I would go with the battery and who fixed the car after your crash?
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Oh, and bring it back to the body shop to fix the leak. Depending on your insurance, they should offer a lifetime repair warranty. and don't let them jury-rig a fix, should be working as designed by the factory!
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The battery is dead but it's been installed a month ago.
They couldn't find the problem yesterday, so I think of taking it (towing) to a diff place.
Though the mechanic suggests it might be the fuel pump.
The car cranks, but won't start
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The battery is dead but it's been installed a month ago.
They couldn't find the problem yesterday, so I think of taking it (towing) to a diff place.
Though the mechanic suggests it might be the fuel pump.
The car cranks, but won't start
One quick way to check for fuel is to pull a plug after a bunch of no start cranking. If the plug is wet, it is getting fuel and generally, if one cylinder is getting fuel, they all a

Does anyone know of the old trick of spraying ether into a carb to help start would work if sprayed directly into the throttle bodies?
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If it was the fuel pump a shop would test for this by applying a gauge to a test port and cranking the engine accordingly.
Has your shop tried this?

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Ended up taking my car to a different mechanic, who specializes in BMWs.
It took him 15 minutes to figure out the problem.
He knew right away it was fuel system related... the fuel pump relay melted and I had it replaced for $50 + labor
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