Search cluster test...your car will tell you the voltage of car off and on...s/b approx 12.x V off and around 14 when on (plus or minus)...I'm at 13.7 V running, so I'll be needing an alt (or voltage regulator) someday...but I seem to be getting enough to keep the battery charged for now.
Anyway, cluster test, or multimeter (measure bat voltage off and on)...or autozone/etc.
...and find key...I love proximate causes, and the different key is certainly that...so don't go too crazy yet on replacing stuff...and you'll want a new key anyway, so go ahead and either search aggressively for it or order it and see what that does for you.
I don't want to beg, but please, please come to a show sometime!
In NYC Fri, Sept. 30, 8 p.m. at Broadway Comedy Club! Sat, Oct. 8, 6 p.m. at Greenwich Village Comedy Club.
Mangofy your E46!