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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 03-08-2005, 08:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im having some troubel with my '87 325. Im not sure whats exactally wrong, but the car will not hold a charge and wont start. After buying and installing a new alternator and replacing the battery, it still dosnt start, the battery just gets drained and its now parked in my driveway. I dont think its the starter as it looks to be fine, but im not sure, was wondering if anyone had any ideas what might be wrong or what i can do to troubleshoot this problem.
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I have heard that bad relays can cause just this problem. See if one looks bad or replace all - it can be hard to tell which one is the problem confused
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I have heard that bad relays can cause just this problem. See if one looks bad or replace all - it can be hard to tell which one is the problem confused
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you should maybe check the spark plugs and the ignition system (with all the wires)

This is surely an electric problem, maybe some humidity got into the system. we have that often here in Belgium where it rains a lot.

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if your battery is just draining you have a short somwhere in your system start by checking all the aftermarket parts that have been installed as they might be the cause of the short. if there is no aftermarket pieces, then pull out the multi meter and have fun looking for a needle in a hay stack.
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if your battery is just draining you have a short somwhere in your system start by checking all the aftermarket parts that have been installed as they might be the cause of the short. if there is no aftermarket pieces, then pull out the multi meter and have fun looking for a needle in a hay stack.

or other recently replaced parts that would have a live wire attatched to them.
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ok guys, dont make this harder than it is... put your ammeter on the battery, with the CAR OFF, and you should read very close to 0 amps, the only thing that would normally draw would be the radio, computer, etcetera, for their memory... but anyways, say that you have a 3 amp parasitic draw on the battery, have a buddy hold the ammeter on the battery while you start removing fuses one at a time... when you remove the fuse to the circuit that is drawing power, your drain on the battery will jump down to normal, b/c w/o the fuse, the draw will not occur... get back to me and let me know what circuit/fuse was the problem, and we can go from there!
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