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Old 08-08-2012, 06:08 AM   #1
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Yet another starting issue thread but please help

I've search a lot on here with no for sure answer but I know it could be anything so just hoping someone has had the exact thing happen. My 2000 328i hesitated to start the other day. There was no sound from the solenoid or starter when I turn the key. I waited a few seconds and try again and it started no problem. A day or so passed before this happened again and yet again it finally started. Now it won't start at all. New battery so that's not the issue. Anyone have this same problem and figured it out? Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:12 AM   #2
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New battery doesn't mean that's not the issue.

If starter, a 'rap' on it often gets it to go. If that works, then it's the starter.

But, check connections...check bat voltage anyway (new battery or not, lots of short trips will drain it).

Try jump starting anyway. Also specifically check cable under + terminal--it goes right to the starter.

Check out more things before concluding starter.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:15 AM   #3
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These problems are a crap shoot as they tend to be intermittent.

Suggest you look at my signature for the Hidden OBC Menu so you can monitor battery Voltage on your dashboard.

Another common failure point on these cars is the ignition switch. About $65 and not to difficult to replace.

And of course you could have a starter on the way out or an EWS problem, more likely a starter than EWS. You could also have a bad wiring connection somewhere as well?

If it was my car, I would likely replace the ignition switch then see how things go. It is probably the cheapest and easiest thing to rule out.

Good luck.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:53 AM   #4
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Thanks for quick replies and advice. I've tried jumping with no luck. Ordered a new ignition switch last night along with a valet and pocket key to rule out a key issue. I also replaced the tcm. Just trying what I can before having to tackle that crazy starter location especially if it's not the problem.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:11 AM   #5
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I used to have the habit of annoying OPs about 3 times about battery...before waiting 2 weeks to learn that's what it was.

IDK you or what you know...so nothing personal. You kept the cars jumped together for a while...donor car revving...and did you jump under the hood? If not, try that for grins. You looked under starter cable already? All clean?

Did you look into the bst coming off + terminal in trunk?

Just asking...again, I don't know what you know.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:35 AM   #6
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No problem dmax I would rather someone assume I not know anything and give me their full advice. I'm currently at work so I can't check these things at the moment but I'll try as soon as I get home. I was jumping from the rear and not the front so I'll try there too.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:13 PM   #7
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Sorry for the long wait but it was the ignition switch.
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Appreciate the update, this is always helpful for others to hear about what the final resolution is.

Not sure if this is another trend on these cars, but I am hearing more about bad ignition switches lately.
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:38 PM   #9
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Sorry for the long wait but it was the ignition switch.
I suspect my ignition switch is bad too. Where did you buy the part, and was it an easy install? I guess I'm assuming you did it yourself.
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