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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 03-10-2006, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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when i turn the key to start my car, the starter turns real fast, makes a real ugly sound, and after a couple seconds slows down and catches and the motor starts. any ideas? i think its the starter but i was wondering if there was anything else worth checking that might cause this. any help is appreciated.
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Nope, starter is FUBAR, change it out before it eats your flywheel.
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It sounds as if the starter solenoid is not engaging at first start (she just spins). I would look at replacing the solenoid or if your pockets are deep the starter (with a new solenoid).
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It sounds as if the starter solenoid is not engaging at first start (she just spins). I would look at replacing the solenoid or if your pockets are deep the starter (with a new solenoid).

Agreed. Josh, it isn't anything else, the solenoid is shot. Either get a new solenoid or starter, or leave it for a bit and buy a new flywheel too.
Sounds like there isn't much time, either.

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Old 03-19-2006, 10:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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changed the the starter and everything is cool. thanks a lot
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