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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Wed, May-03-2017, 06:40:19 AM   #1
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Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

I haven't been on M3 forum in years; I am happy the E36 section is still alive! I recently relocated to Plano, TX, but left my car in storage in FL because I heard stories about the hail out here. First question is; do I need to do anything special before starting the old girl after being in storage for about 3 months? She is on flatstoppers, tank is full, and a bottle of Stabil is floating around in there. My mechanic said I should remove the fuel pump fuse and turn it over a few times to circulate the oil before really starting it. Do you guys recommend anything else?

Second is, I miss being around BMW people, are there any E36 / BMW on the forum in the Plano area? Looking to get out and see the town.

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Just pulled mine out of 5 months of winter hibernation and simply hooked up the battery and fired her up. No issues at all - ran perfect. Full tank w stabil is key.
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I recommend getting a battery conditioner (not a charger) if you have access to an electrical outlet.

I have multiple cars and some of them, include my E36 don't get to be driven frequently. Hooking up a battery conditioner to the battery is a great way to make sure that the battery does not drain.

I wouldn't worry about oil circulation if I were to store the car for only three months.

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Old Thu, May-04-2017, 10:28:11 AM   #4
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Nice ride man!

Just got mine out too a few weeks ago myself. Started right up, not a problem at all.

I just disconnect my battery completely and never have had any issue with starting it.

I had blacked out grills on the front of mine but went back to Chrome, looks so much better I think.

Again, nice looking ride!
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Old Thu, May-04-2017, 02:25:23 PM   #5
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3 months is nothing. Just fire her up. You really don't even need stabil for that length of time. I tend to keep mine on a trickle charger to keep the battery topped up, but otherwise just park her in the garage with the sunroof vented so it doesn't gather moisure/condensation inside.
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Not to over think this... but I've been off this week and been debating in my head if starting the car with fuel pump fuse in-op is better than just starting car normal from an oiling perspective.

If the oil pump is a pos displacement pump.... (each revolution displaced XX liters regardless of speed)...... then turning the motor via starter @ 200rpm will cause as much wear as turning the motor at 200rpm until motor starts then turning @ 2500rpm.

If xx rev's are necessary to pump oil to the critical bits.... then I don't see much difference.

the real method to pre-oil the motor would be (IF) you could spin the oil pump without turning the crank/cams...... but not possible with this motor. Perhaps an accusump would do this?

Probably over thinking this..... perhaps a technical bimmer motor guru could chime in on the oiling bit above?

Agreed.... I would start this after 3-6 mo's with no worries on gas or oiling.

Over 12 mo's I get worried about fuel...... and would rec being conservative on the motor until it is burned up...... or down enough to dilute with fresh.
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3 months is nothing. Just fire her up. You really don't even need stabil for that length of time. I tend to keep mine on a trickle charger to keep the battery topped up, but otherwise just park her in the garage with the sunroof vented so it doesn't gather moisure/condensation inside.
This. I just keep my parked cars on the battery tender.
Sometimes they will sit for over a year, I just put the keys in and fire it up.
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Not to over think this... but I've been off this week and been debating in my head if starting the car with fuel pump fuse in-op is better than just starting car normal from an oiling perspective.

If the oil pump is a pos displacement pump.... (each revolution displaced XX liters regardless of speed)...... then turning the motor via starter @ 200rpm will cause as much wear as turning the motor at 200rpm until motor starts then turning @ 2500rpm.

If xx rev's are necessary to pump oil to the critical bits.... then I don't see much difference.

the real method to pre-oil the motor would be (IF) you could spin the oil pump without turning the crank/cams...... but not possible with this motor. Perhaps an accusump would do this?

Probably over thinking this..... perhaps a technical bimmer motor guru could chime in on the oiling bit above?

Agreed.... I would start this after 3-6 mo's with no worries on gas or oiling.

Over 12 mo's I get worried about fuel...... and would rec being conservative on the motor until it is burned up...... or down enough to dilute with fresh.
Cranking it without the fuel pump fuse in is just to help some oil get to the bearings before they start taking a beating from combustion. I do agree that the best way would be to spin the pump independently but that's not practical with the engine in the car. Cranking the car with no fuel will get about 5psi through which is more than enough to get oil to vital areas.

In OP's case thought, just fire it up. Even mine that has sat for 12 months will be fired right up when it's time.
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Eng-- thx. Makes sense.
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thank you all for the replies and comments on my car! I really appreciate it. I am sorry for the late reply. I downloaded tapatalk but forgot my password. I ended up taking the fuel pump fuse out just because I never did it before. She started up like a champ with no issues like you all expected. My time was kind of limited so I didn't get a chance to stretch her legs, but I plan on driving around next time I'm down. Thanks again!
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