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supernaught
07-31-2007, 12:01 PM
Parked the car a month ago, tried to start it up the other day and nothing. No vroom vroom, no chug, no click no nothing. I've got a great battery, good charge, good 12.6V to the starter leads(last owner installed wires directly to these, I'm guessing the starter has been an issue before), I have not yet put a test wire on the signal from the switch but I will do that tonight. I've also checked the clutch switch and it is working correctly. Main fuse is good.

So... can anyone tell me if my starter is FUBAR'd or what? If I test the signal from the key switch, and its good, can i assume to throw the thing in the garbage?
Should I remove it and test it on a bench?
And lastly...

Does anyone have a good used starter they would part with?

BMW325BMW
07-31-2007, 01:12 PM
i have one... pulled it out of my old car before i scrapped it.

FuryriderX
07-31-2007, 03:40 PM
i would test the keyswitch first. make sure you have +12 on the black or black/yellow wire when the key is in 'start'. if the starter isnt even clicking, its not getting any juice to turn on.

http://img127.imageshack.us/img127/8616/newpicturepj7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

that's for my car, '88 iX, but yours should be very similar.

supernaught
07-31-2007, 04:17 PM
88 IX too, unless prod is different by a lot, should be the same, i will check in an hour or so

supernaught
07-31-2007, 04:22 PM
is that dianostic pin 11? I'll check right at the starter too, but that would be nice and easy to check first

T.Dot_E30
07-31-2007, 04:25 PM
Crap i can't remember but you can jump two pins in the dianostic connector to give the car a crank which doesn't activite the ecu or fuel pump(car wont start)

But atleast you can test to see if that works.

I think it was pin #11 n #14, or #7 n #14 or something like that.

supernaught
07-31-2007, 04:49 PM
found this, it cofirms all
http://www.unofficialbmw.com/repair_faqs/sil.html

supernaught
08-01-2007, 11:05 AM
yup, starter is pouched. I have to get a 165" extension to get at the bolts though, so I'll pull it out tonight, I hear getting them repaired is not expensive. So if its not, ill try an buy from someone on here.

supernaught
08-01-2007, 11:11 AM
BTW using the diagnostic connector is nice and easy. I can stand my meter on the intake, with leads in 11 and 19 and watch the switch signal when i turn the key to start.