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Old 08-30-2013, 06:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Single "click" when starting '01 740iL

I have a 2001 740iL and have an intermittent problem with starting.

When I turn the key, the instrument panel lights up, steering wheel moves into place, and all seems normal. But I get a single “click”. Usually on second or third try it fires right up. It has been doing it for a couple years now. But today after 6 or 7 tries it continued to do the single click … which is usually the sign of a stuck solenoid, right?

I have a trickle charger on this car as it was going through batteries every couple years … it is not a daily driver and only has 44k miles on it. The battery was new several months ago.
There are no error messages being thrown. I am confident that there is plenty of cranking power available. Just wondering if folks think this is the solenoid. Thanks in advance for any ideas or comments.
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Your starter or ignition has probably died. But I would check your fuses as well to make sure one hasn't burned out.

I say this because my starter is starting to fail and the instrumet panel lights up, i have full power, but when I go to start the car it makes an odd noise like something catching but doesnt want to start. It will usually start on the second try.
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tupton, my problem exactly, as if we are driving the same car. I will get back to you when I find resolution. Have YOU fixed it yet?
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Tupton, possibly some good news here. I purchased a new key for my 740il as when I purchased the car, the previous owner had only one. After having the same starting problem as you I began using the new key and have not had one issue yet. Admittedly I have only started the car a dozen times or so over a period of a couple weeks.
I bought the car in 2010 with 32K, it now has 44K.
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