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2004 7.45i crank no start. i had lots of codes show up

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2004 7.45i crank no start. i had lots of codes show up including lean bank 1 and 2, secondary air injection bank 1 and 2, etc. but these codes have been there before but the vehicle always ran fine so customer decided not to do anything about it. This time, i also had a code for vanos adjustment bank 2. vehicle arrived crank no start. customer had tried to start it several times after it died on the freeway this weekend, so it cranked a little slow, but sounded normal other than that. charged battery and found i have cranking rpms on scanner and have fuel pressure at schrader valve on rail.
While attempting to diagnose problems, stupidly, i decided to erase codes before i documented them, and none have returned so far and i have cranked the engine about 45 seconds to a minute total now. looking for any data that i can check on the scanner or other things i can do to isolate the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: BMW
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

With it previously setting a lean code for both banks and now a no start condition I would first suspect low fuel pressure. What was the actual pressure reading?

Have you checked spark?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Ill check fuel pressure tmrw morn but it was a strong spray when schrader was pressed so i moved on..being coil on plug im not sure how to go about testing spark..i have a labscope but no c.o.p. pickups

Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

An adjustable spark tester can be inserted into the end of a removed coil if spark needs to be tested.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

hi i finally just got around to checking this car some more. so we have 50+ psi fuel pressure and good spark. i tested just a few coils, but spark was hot at the ones i tested. still have no codes that have come back even after a minute or more of total cranking while testing stuff. im wondering about the code i had originally for vanos adjustment bank 2, but i was dumb and didnt write the code numbers down before i erased them. checked oil level and it was a bit low. corrected oil level with no change.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

oh sorry also meant to note that the battery was nearly dead when vehicle was towed in but customer stated he tried to start it several times so i didnt think anything of it. However even with a jump box hooked up to the terminals under the hood, the engine doesnt seem to crank as fast as it should. measuring about 150-250 rpms as seen from the crank position sensor on the scanner. just trying to give you as much info as possible. thanks!

Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

Did you happen to take a fuel sample when checking pressure?