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Old 12-27-2010, 11:34 PM   #1
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325is won't start!!



My friend needs some help with his car, he parked the car three weeks ago; tried starting after two weeks and the battery was dead. I helped him put a new battery today and tried starting but nothing. Car won't turn over at all. No starter nothing comes on when you try to start it. Checked all the fuses and everything seemed to be alright.

Is there anything else that might have gone wrong with the car?

FYI: car has been parked in an underground parking with an average temp of +11 C

Any other recommendations for this issue?
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:05 AM   #2
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no sound at all?
what have you checked thusfar? just fuses?
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:37 AM   #3
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no sound at all?
what have you checked thusfar? just fuses?
No sound or any clicking, checked voltage at the battery and fuel pump
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:47 AM   #4
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have you ruled out the starter being the issue? or ruled out anything ?
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Old 12-28-2010, 04:54 AM   #5
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have you ruled out the starter being the issue? or ruled out anything ?
The car never ever had any issues previously, there was no way to confirm if the starter had died just by sitting for two weeks.
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:26 AM   #6
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if he has an alarm it could be that. i had a relay go that gave me the same symptoms. it would be part of the imobalizer. if he doesnt have one then its possible it could be the electrical portion of the ignition switch. you would have to see if you get power to the trigger wire on the starter when you turn the key
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:34 AM   #7
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So does the dash and interior lights come on when you connected the battery?
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:55 PM   #8
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as mentioned above; check for obvious power such as headlights or dash lights with ign key on. Also check the main fuse as re-installation of battery may have shorted the fuse. Go cheapest route first. check all fuses. double check them.
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After installing the new battery all the interior/exterior lights were working and bright(good battery). The car has no alarm, neither stock or aftermarket. As "blk3" mentioned it may just be the ignition switch. We also tried pushing the car and poping it in 2nd but no luck.

I'm going to go help him tonight as well, and recheck all the fuses etc.
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After installing the new battery all the interior/exterior lights were working and bright(good battery). The car has no alarm, neither stock or aftermarket. As "blk3" mentioned it may just be the ignition switch. We also tried pushing the car and poping it in 2nd but no luck.

I'm going to go help him tonight as well, and recheck all the fuses etc.
I don't know if e36 is the same as e30 but I once blew my inline fuse located in the trunk about a foot from the main power feed running the length of the positive power supply. You may have smoked your in line fuse. When this happened on my car I had power to everything except ignition.

find this line; use a multimeter or test light to see if you have power going from the car side of the fuse. If you don't then this is where your problem is.
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I don't know if e36 is the same as e30 but I once blew my inline fuse located in the trunk about a foot from the main power feed running the length of the positive power supply. You may have smoked your in line fuse. When this happened on my car I had power to everything except ignition.

find this line; use a multimeter or test light to see if you have power going from the car side of the fuse. If you don't then this is where your problem is.

Will look into this as well
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Just got back from my buddy's place. As we attempted to start the car the engine turned over with starter kicking in but the car didn't start.

*Did not smell any gas nor the fuel pump kicking in

*Car had previous history of having a bad fuel pump because it was ran low on gas

At this point I think by having the car sit for a few weeks the fuel pump completely gave up?
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:34 PM   #13
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take a hammer and tap the tank underneath where the fuel pump sits. if it is sticking the vibration may free it up. however, regardless of whether the fuel pump is bad or not the car should still crank over. One has nothing to do with the other. Cranking car may not get fuel or spark but could still turn over. A bad pump would only mean no fuel but still crank. One way to find out is first remove the fuel line from the rail and turn car over. If you get fuel pissing out at high pressure, you have fuel delivery which means fuel pressure which means a working fuel pump. no fuel or weak pressure means fuel pump. But, if the cars main in line fuse is blown the DME will not get a signal to start therefor you won't get spark signal from the dme. This is what was happening with mine. I was getting power, cranking, but no start. DME didn't get power from the battery so it never let the car start. Car just cranked. Once I changed that fuse the car fired right up. As mentioned before, start diagnosing the simple stuff first. FUSES! go from there.
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Old 12-29-2010, 12:04 PM   #14
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Bump starting 101 needed?

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After installing the new battery all the interior/exterior lights were working and bright(good battery). The car has no alarm, neither stock or aftermarket. As "blk3" mentioned it may just be the ignition switch. We also tried pushing the car and poping it in 2nd but no luck.

I'm going to go help him tonight as well, and recheck all the fuses etc.
Reverse gear is shortest. push the car backwards, select reverse gear, get some speed while depressing clutch, bring clutch up for brief second and pump it back down, car should be on. I turned on the 2.8L in reverse within the distance of two parrallel parking spots.
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Thanks for the recommendations guys. Fuel pump is dead on the car.
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