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Hi!

 

I’m a first-time BMW 2002 owner ( I just bought mine back in December) and I’m in love! Mine is a 1975 and she has some work to get her in good running condition, but I’m hoping to do the work myself (well, as much as possible). This forum seems really informative with lots of folks willing to help and very passionate about our 2002s! 
 

Wish me luck. 

 

Cheers!

Jackie

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I’m located in the SF East Bay Area. So far I’ve only replaced the oil/filter/oil pan gasket. When I tried to start it up, there was nothing. No clicks just the engine lights came on and the fan. Soo I think the problem is the starter, which has been removed and we’re assessing it now. Had to remove one of the carburetors to get to it (see pics, hopefully they come they ok). Using the Haynes manual.
 

thanks for your replies!

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Welcome there are lots of 2002s in the SF bay area, I'm in Oakland. Check out the bayarea02 group and you can get the factory BMW blue book manual in pdf from the articles section.

 

You might want to check your ignition switch I've had a few go bad on me. If it is the starter I would suggest replacing it with a newer small style starter from either an e30 m3 or a e32 735i or e34 535i, they are a lighter and better design.

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Newbie mistake! Found the problem with the starter -- it was a bit of a loose connection. Oh well, it wasn't all in vain--I learned something.😃

@Jimmy Thanks for letting me know and for the possible cause of the starter (btw, mine's a manual). I saw the missing connection at the reservoir and couldn't figure out what was missing. Now I know! Adding that to the list!

@2002iii I'm still contemplating replacing the starter, especially something smaller. But for now, I'll keep the Bosch 731, even though it weighs a ton!

@Benjamin A.R. That's really cool, thanks. I'll keep your offer in mind if/when I decide to switch out the starter, if it's still available.  

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Welcome Jackie!

 

I also see the reservoir is very low in fluid.  Once you have replaced the line to the clutch MC fill the reservoir and double check that your slave cylinder is pushing the clutch fork fully before attempting to drive.  Although the slave and MC are self-bleeding, you may want to bleed the slave.

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Welcome to the 02 fraternity/sorority.  Lotsa help and friendly folks here, so don't be shy about asking questions.  I still learn new stuff almost every day when I read the posts.  

 

Glad your starter problem was an easy one.  Always look for the easy stuff first:  as my late f-i-l (who taught me mechanicking) used to say, "when you see hoofprints, think horses, not zebras" (unless you're on the plains of Africa.  And for most things electrical on an '02, always check the relevant fuse first.  They get corroded and actually wear out, and will cause all sorts of funky electrical problems.  In fact, it would be a good idea to replace all 12 fuses on your car, and clean the brass contacts at the same time to eliminate that as a problem when diagnosing future electrical problem.

 

Cheers, and welcome

 

mike

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Thanks again for your comments. I'm making a list of things that need attention, including the suggestions from you. I thought I saw a checklist on this site for new 2002 owners and the initial tasks to get it tuned up a bit. Does anyone know of such a list?

 

Of course, coming up with a name for her will be on that list, too! lol

 

 

 

 

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