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10-09-2010 12:20 PM #1
325is does not start, starter motor?
6/'87 325is 180k+ miles
I read some of the archives, but didn't come across really my situation...
After sitting for almost 3 months, my car will not start. When I turned the key initially it sounded like it was trying to start/ turnover, successive attempts a few minutes apart progressively sounded less likely it would start until it got to the point I just heard 'cliking sounds' when I turned the key. My dash lights worked the whole time and I was able to turn on the headlights and highbeams just fine. I forgot to check the fuses.
I have had similar issues starting the car in the past, especially when it sat for awhile, not this long though, and could get it started after a few good tries.
I think it is the starter motor or related piece, would this sound correct? I don't have my Bently maunual with me, it is in the car which is in storage a ways away from me now. How difficult and time consuming to change out the starter? Any good links for instructions test for this and/or change out this or related parts?
Thanks a lot in advance!
10-09-2010 01:11 PM #2
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10-13-2010 01:33 AM #3
10-13-2010 04:11 PM #4
hold the phone a sec....
I had a similar issue with an XJ8 I was trying to boost with my e30.
When I connected my multimeter, to the battery, i got a reading of .88V. When i connected my e30 to the Jag, i got a reading of 13.68V, then the owner tried startgin it with no luck, just clicking (all the lights came on after I connected the booster cables.)
I recall this issue when trying to start my e30 earlier this year after it was sitting for a year, and with a battery that was well over 7 yrs old. I was able to get it started after i disconnected the battery, and the car was able to run on its own clearly with charge from the alt.
So I tried doing this on the dead Jag, with no luck, just more clicking, so I told my neighbour to get a new starter as hers was just clicking (I also tried knocking her starter with a wrench with no luck).
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