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Not Cranking, quit starting...
MY 86 325e will refuse to crank...
I got up this morning to go to work and figured I would warm my car up a bit while I brush it off before I'd go to work. Well I get into the car depressed the clutch, turned the key and nothing... I sat gave it a minute, put my ears on max listening mode and tried again. I heard the fuel pump prime, watched all the lights come to life on the dash board and felt the blower fan come on but no crank from under the hood. Well I instantly assumed the battery was dead. I was confused on why it would die for I started the car 8 hours prior. I had to move it around early this morning in my drive so I could remove the 18+" of snow that built up over this weekend. So I put my battery charger on the car (the charger said it was near full) and let it charge while I was at work. I get back around 5ish and the battery is fully charged and I go to try again. Yet again nothing, not a peep from my starter only the whine of a priming fuel pump from the back. So slightly pissed I went down to my warm basement grabbed and took off my Miata's Fully Charged and very warm Battery from the trickle charger and I installed it on the BMW. Yet again not a crank. Both batteries are equal in cranking power which is 880 cranking amps.
What do you think is wrong with the car? The car has always started and the starter would always kick the car over after one or two cranks even in the coldest of weather. It always sounded healthy when it started the car. I find it puzzling on why it wont crank.
I have noticed that the car would start with or without the clutch pedal depressed so I'm not sure if that might have something to do with it. Not sure where to locate that switch either to diagnose.
Any ideas guys? All I know is that I'm carless until I get this thing fixed.
1986 BMW 325e
1990 Mazda Miata MX-5
1981 Honda C70 Passport
Anything with an internal combustion engine.