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Old 06-18-2014, 10:28 PM   #1
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E46 M3 wont start PLEASE HELP!

Hello everyone, yesterday I was driving my 01 m3 and no issues whatsoever. I parked at my house and came back 10 minutes to leave but no start. It does one click noise and as long as your holding the key on START it will not click again. This click feels like a beginning of it trying to start. If I hold it onto start position it smokes from what it looks like to be around the starter/transmission area. I have tried replacing the starter today and even took my old one to get tested. No luck and my old one is good. I've tried to jumpstart it even though I knew it wasn't the issue. I pulled up codes for tps and pedal sensor but I believe something else might be the issue. Any advice?
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Old 06-19-2014, 05:42 PM   #2
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So no codes or battery issues? Smoke could be from your alternator, I don't think it would come from your starter. I would check that first
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:18 AM   #3
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So no codes or battery issues? Smoke could be from your alternator, I don't think it would come from your starter. I would check that first
Tps sensor and pedal sensor codes. Battery is good. Smoke is not coming from alternator you can clearly see smoke from where the starter is probably because it's not turning over?
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:30 AM   #4
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Is it a manual transmission (as opposed to SMG)? If so, look at the switch below the clutch pedal armature that prevents the starter from engaging unless the clutch is fully depressed.

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Old 06-20-2014, 05:51 PM   #5
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If you're seeing smoke from the starter... there's clearly an issue there.

My thoughts would be that the solenoid is fried or broken and shorting, did you replace this with the starter or reuse?
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:53 PM   #6
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Is it a manual transmission (as opposed to SMG)? If so, look at the switch below the clutch pedal armature that prevents the starter from engaging unless the clutch is fully depressed.
it sounded like the starter was engaging but the flywheel seemed stuck. I took it in for a diagnostic at a local bmw shop so i will see what they say monday.
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:54 PM   #7
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If you're seeing smoke from the starter... there's clearly an issue there.

My thoughts would be that the solenoid is fried or broken and shorting, did you replace this with the starter or reuse?
i think the starter is good. It began to smoke only when i held the key onto start position and the smoke proabably came from the starter from trying to turn but wont as if something is holding it so it wont turn over.
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:04 PM   #8
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Smoke from the starter isn't good. Means your starter and/or solenoid is bad.
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Bad battery connection? Or bad battery?


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Old 06-23-2014, 10:47 AM   #10
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Check the engine to frame ground wire on the passenger side motor mount location. Easy test is connect jumper cable to engine lift eyelet and the other end to the ground terminal in the passenger side. If it starts, the ground wire connections need to be cleaned.

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Old 06-23-2014, 10:48 AM   #11
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Starter solenoid is cooked. Replace starter and you're good to go.
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