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11-22-2008 01:37 PM #1
bmw 325 E46 starter problem
My BMW wouldn’t start this morning – it is a 2002 E46 325 Touring.
When you put key in ----the starter does not crank. The lights seem bright enough.
When you actually turn the key to start -- the lights come on --- even though the switch is OFF---- and you hear a loud click at same time --- sounds like a relay or solenoid like the starter – then lights go out and you get nothing – if you try to move key to start position again you get nothing – if you turn key totally off – then to start again --- you get some thing again.
Put jumper from battery of another car --- everything seems stronger –but exact same thing.
There is a similar post to this, back in 2002, so is this a common fault ? is it the starter motor or battery ??
looking for any help please
11-22-2008 01:43 PM #2
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11-22-2008 06:00 PM #6
- Darien, CT, United StatesMember No: 19448
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How old is your battery? ....and ................
....that battery WILL give up with no warning -
and you cannot 'jump' another battery through
a 'shorted' bad battery. Put your jumper battery
in this car to prove the point - and if it cranks,
"Bob's yer Uncle !"
If you have a volt meter and can measure voltage
at the jumper point under the hood, on the right side
of the firewall - while your holding the key in the crank
position - and your less than 10 volts? - you have a bad battery.
12-08-2008 04:25 AM #7
12-11-2008 09:15 AM #8
- Knoxville, TN, United StatesMember No: 92682
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Glad the fix was nothing "exotic"
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