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Old 04-14-2011, 03:38 PM   #1
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Intermittent Starting Problem EWS?

I've been having a problem on my wife's 2000 323i auto and it has gotten progressively worse. When it fails to start I have no power to the starter solenoid but all 5 leads on the ignition switch have voltage. There is voltage at the service terminal as well. The fuel pump works etc. (I do not feel a click on the EMS when I engage the start position which I saw suggested on here.) Sometimes holding the key in the start position will eventually get the car to start. Also, I live in South Florida and it will not usually start during the heat of the day unless garaged and almost always starts in the early morning. Recently I had the battery load checked at Autozone when the problem first started. I do suspect it might discharge faster than normal.

I'm happy it is not the starter so I can return the one bought w/o having to R&I This forum has already saved me hours of labor! Wish I had come here before I needlessly replaced the neutral safety switch.

Any suggestions?
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:07 AM   #2
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Old 04-16-2011, 12:32 AM   #3
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Had a similar issue a few months back, and it was the EWS module. But mine was replaced and they didnt use the right connector so it didnt fit properly. My mechanic just wedged a screw to keep it connected, havent had a problem since. Make sure the connector is on properly. Its located in the area below the steering wheel.
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