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Old 08-07-2015, 12:30 PM   #1
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Car will not start

Went to try to start car other day and got a big surprise....nothing....

I turned the key and dashboard lights illuminate but nothing else...no clicking, no cranking sounds at all....

I tried jumping battery and that didn't work; took battery for testing thinking that was the problem and battery tested "good"....

Re-installed battery and tried starting car using different keys up to and including plastic valet key...same results; car that will not start...

I was able to push start car, but was unable to restart car using any key...This starter is only 4yrs old....

Could it be clutch safety switch or is it the starter....usually they begin to click when they are dying....this was a sudden death with the sole exception that the night before the car sorta acted like a cold weather start a bit sluggish and then the next morning absolute silence?????
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Old 08-07-2015, 10:24 PM   #2
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Just had the same problem yesterday with my 2000 323i. Drove it to the store. came back, hour later nothing, only dash lights. Ordered a starter, but if anyone has anything else i could use the advice.
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Old 08-07-2015, 10:41 PM   #3
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Old 08-08-2015, 04:22 PM   #4
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We Meet Again....Thanks SolidJake.....Thanks for the link...

Was able to verify with multimeter battery running 12.76....

Confirmed with test light power reaching starter (still silent running when attempting start...nothing)

One last piece; was able to open and close sunroof...can roll windows up/down; operate radio; headlights; but no go on sunroof...

Will start with Replacing Starter

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Old 08-08-2015, 07:37 PM   #5
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Car will not start

Possible ignition switch? I'd try that first b4 tackling the starter. They r not to expensive & fairly easy to replace.

Never mind. I just read that u r getting power to the starter.

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Old 08-10-2015, 04:20 AM   #6
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I'm not an expert. The other day, my car won't start as though the battery was dead, but I got some lights on by try turning the key to the 2nd position( and leave it there for 5-7 seconds); that is the position before the final key turning to crank the engine. That's how I got my car started the other day. I called and went directly to a local indie shop nearby where they full tested the battery and found part of the battery cell is dead; which also probably explained the power fluctuations I experienced for the past several weeks. My alternator(after red icon light came on) was replaced some weeks ago and the battery replaced after this happened. So that took care of my problems.
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:19 AM   #7
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I took battery out of car to autozone and battery tested good.

Thinking problem is solenoid as I confirmed power getting to starter/solenoid, but there is dead silence when I turn the key. I think the solenoid activates the starter...no activation of start and car stays dead...

I will remove starter and take and have unit tested to see what aspect of part is defective.
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Old 08-13-2015, 01:19 PM   #8
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Installing new starter....not fun, much easier to do when replacing clutch....It would have been an act of kindness for BMW to mount starter to lower portion of flywheel...Took starter to both O'riely's and Autozone and part tested bad....no activity from solenoid; complete silence.

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Old 08-13-2015, 02:18 PM   #9
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Installing new starter....not fun, much easier to do when replacing clutch....It would have been an act of kindness for BMW to mount starter to lower portion of flywheel...Took starter to both O'riely's and Autozone and part tested bad....no activity from solenoid; complete silence.
Don't forget to get a NEW starter if you can. Remanufactured AutoZone starters and the like aren't the best.
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Old 08-13-2015, 03:39 PM   #10
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Get your Starter rebuilt. Forget autozone.
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Old 08-17-2015, 12:51 PM   #11
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Starter replacement completed...remanufactured from BMA auto parts....Car starts right up. When I re-did my clutch I replaced the starter then (4yrs ago); it was much easier...like putting a book on a shelf....this time..."Hated It"...Not a lot of room to work with...my hands/fingers still hurting.
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