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Yoshi's E46 wagon saga

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:05 am
by Yoshi
If you don't know about my wagon, it's a project I picked up for $1100 cuz it overheated thinking it was a simple fix. I wanted to make it into a backup DD and eventual drift car. Long story short, the motor is shot and automatic. So for another $700... I picked up my donor car (328 manual instead of a 323 auto). Sadly it wouldn't start or even crank over well enough to compression check it so I'm gambling fairly big on this. But I did get it for super cheap.

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It is pretty hard up. It does have one heated seat. The PO also seemed to be a "club" promoter. I'm guessing hispanic....

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Regardless, this is why I wanted it:
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The car made it to the shop because it "needed a clutch" and never came back for it (8 years ago). The clutch pedal simply feels like the master or the slave died as it's super spongy and I can vaguely hear a "click" when I press down on the clutch.

The plan for right now is to check/fill fluids and try to get the car to start. The battery was dead dead dead (obviously) but my wagon's battery could only muster a series of "clicks" from the starter. I'm charging both batteries but I don't think that's the issue. I have a fresh ground strap for the engine, will clean up the terminals, and maybe smack the starter with a hammer a few times. I won't pull the motor until I can guarantee the motor is good or bad.

Re: Yoshi's E46 wagon saga

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:16 pm
by Yoshi
Yay the battery had a dead cell. I had another mid charged battery and the car turned but wouldn't start. I tried some starter fluid and just got a few sputters before the battery gave out. The battery is being charged right now and I bit the bullet on a jump box for extra fun. The motor did turn over pretty strong though. I think the fuel might be bad. Sadly, it has a half a tank so draining it will be fun. Gonna drain it, put on a new fuel filter, and give it about 2 gallons of fresh fuel. I wonder what a good way to test fuel pressure. I can't easily attach to soft lines. Is there an easy way to tell if fuel is bad?

Re: Yoshi's E46 wagon saga

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:55 am
by Tamber
Keep chipping away at it, you'll get it beat eventually. :)

I'd probably just declare all that fuel suspect, if it's been sat 8 years; though you should be able to tell when you drain it, it'll probably look icky and smell pretty bad.

Re: Yoshi's E46 wagon saga

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 7:14 pm
by Yoshi
Well the fuel in the tank visually looks good. Clear and no particles floating around. So I didn't bother trying to siphon any out. I pulled out the fuel filter and tried to start the car, assuming that I could watch the fuel drain from the hose and hopefully let it siphon itself. But much to my surprise, nothing came out after the initial bit. So I swapped relays and checked every fuse in the car with no success. So I finally got to the fuel pump and tested that it was getting 12v for 5 seconds with the key on. Yep. So I yanked the fuel pump and bench tested it. Nope.

Ok. I need a fuel pump. Good thing I have another car with a good one in it! Too bad I ran out of daylight and it started to rain. PS damn you bmw with your single use hose clamps. Also why the hell won't the fuel pump easily go all the way back in? Feels like it's hitting something. Freaking thing works like a mason jar.

Re: Yoshi's E46 wagon saga

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:52 am
by jalopi
when did the forum get spruced up?

*WOAT wow it must've been a while since i've logged on here... dat signature pic

Re: Yoshi's E46 wagon saga

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:06 am
by Yoshi
I think I did the swap over last week. I'm still looking for a nicer theme but oh well.

Re: Yoshi's E46 wagon saga

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:09 am
by Tamber
Hmm. Odd. Maybe I'm just expecting it to look like it's spent those 8 years sat in a half-filled metal tank; all brown and grungy.

Re: Yoshi's E46 wagon saga

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 3:31 pm
by Yoshi
maybe the fact that it's plastic saved it? I dunno. The fuel is very clear and smells fine.

Re: Yoshi's E46 wagon saga

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:23 pm
by Yoshi
What do you know? It runs! Sounded like hell when it first started up but most of the whine went away after a few minutes
https://instagram.com/p/-Uh_tUTAQp/

So the fuel pump did it. The fuel in the tank was fine. The clutch is definitely hosed. When I press down on it, the car tries to die and I hear a sound like you're grinding gears. I'm pretty sure it's not the hydraulic system at this point but examination can take care of that. Ok.. now what do I do? Anyone want the M52 engine and auto trans?

Re: Yoshi's E46 wagon saga

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:52 am
by Tamber
Yeah, the plastic tank probably saved it from getting too bad. On to the next problem in the line; that's how it goes, right? >_>