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      01-24-2013, 10:25 AM   #1
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Cannot start my car BMW 325i e90

Hi,

This morning I tried to start my car. It didn't. Two weeks prior today I noticed that it takes a bit longer to start car. It was kind of wheezing for 2-4 seconds and then it starts.

But today it was wheezing for 1-2 seconds and couldn't start at all. I was thinking it could be battery, but I checked indicator on the top of it and it looks green. Also I didn't get any notification on the dashboard . Picture attached.

Please let me know what could be the reason of that kind of behavior.

Thank you

Here is the video of actual behavior



[u2b]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tb1KmOkx7w[/u2b]
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      01-24-2013, 03:11 PM   #2
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to me it sounds like your starter motor is dead, hope i'm wrong :|
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      01-24-2013, 04:00 PM   #3
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Simple trick to see if the battery is dead. Indicator on the battery may not be right.

Try putting all the windows down at the same time and see if the car struggles and the lights really dim. If they do then it's most likely the battery.
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      01-24-2013, 04:07 PM   #4
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to me it sounds like your starter motor is dead, hope i'm wrong :|
Shouldn't be the starter. If it was the starter, it would have no sound at all. No cranks, wheeze etc.
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      01-24-2013, 04:41 PM   #5
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Check the connections of your battery cables. (red and black.) Try loosening them up and wiggling them around and then tightening them back up. Might have bad contact.
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Im going to assume a great many things here, first of all....The you tube vid helps, but its very hard to diagnose from....

Here goes;

sounds like the solenoid part of your starter is working fine....that is the part that is going "whack" when you push the button. Your starter may be frozen if you are in a very cold climate...a little condensation will ice anything up.....

Is that what indeed is happening?...you push the button and hear a "whack" under the hood?

this is a good thing...which means that power is nicely getting to the starter. the reason power is not turning the motor over is another story.

Reason for starter motor not turning:

1) solenoid works, but contact from the solenoid to the starter motor is bad...(they are attached by a copper wire, if the plunger from the solenoid is not making good contact with the terminal on the starter motor when you hear the "whack"...then no power is getting to the motor from the solenoid.)

2) the motor or starter motor is frozen or there is not enough power from the battery to turn things over.

3) it is something else that the vid is not revealing!...(I hope this is it)

You didnt wash your car last night and get everything good and wet, then run back home and park it in 0 degree weather, did you? (Reason I ask is because I did!...)

do you have a manual or automatic?

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      01-24-2013, 06:32 PM   #7
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He couldn't have done that...hes in miami...
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What you describe is exactly what mine sounded like when my starter went out. Had a couple slower starts before it died.
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      01-24-2013, 10:19 PM   #9
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Just like mine when the starter died.
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      01-24-2013, 10:29 PM   #10
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Quote:
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He couldn't have done that...hes in miami...


yeah, would have helped if I had just looked under the avatar, right?

oops...

test some more, really listen and give us a step by step timeline of what you do and then what the car does in response....get really detailed with the noises.

Starters should not go bad this soon...but I guess the brushes are made of a softer material than they used to be. I know you can get a rebuild kit for the brush assembly if your handy...Is is a Bosch unit?

There are some reports of having to take the intake manifold off to get to the starter...its possible.....but Im wondering if there is a way to get to it from underneath....There are only 2-3 bolts holding the starter in place.

but we are getting ahead of ourselves.....let us know some really specific details and maybe we can narrow it down more.

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OP... My car had the same issue the start of the week. I had the car towed to the dealership and i thought it was the started but turned out to be the battery was dead. $330 i got my car back up and running. The reason i thought it was the starter because couple days before it was trying to start and it would crank but would not fire. I left it for the day tried it again the next day and it did what your car is doing in the video. Keep us up dated on what the issue was when you find out.
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dead battery. it does not even have enough juice to keep the lights on when he push start.
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that gas light that you saw... yeah..your gas froze
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You can call AAA and they can test your battery to see if it has low voltage. If it does have them jump it and see if it starts. If not, look elsewhere.
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