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Old 07-29-2008, 06:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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316i won't start...not a peep!

Noob here.
My 316i has been standing for a year due to computer box problems. Eventually had both boxes checked and repaired. Reinstalled both, connected up the battery and.....nothing?
All the dash lights come on but no starter signal. No click from a relay or bendix. I don't have a wiring diagram, so does anybody know where I can download one, and where do I start looking for the problem?
There is no BMW dealer worth a pinch within 4000km's from where I live, so the problems are multiplied.
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check battery

check battery cables

check ground wire.
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Thanks, but too obvious. The battery was charged etc. and all the idiot lights on dash came on so don't suspect any bad earths. I'll check the starter terminals though.
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what's the year model of your 316 please?
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It says 1994 on the papers, but can't be sure. In this part of the world funny things happen to car paperwork! Maybe I should post a pic?

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if yours is a '94(early production)... you will also have a starter relay, by the LH footwell, behind the speaker grill.

If, however, yours is a late production model, in place of the relay(same place) is what they call a "starter immobilization" relay

TIP: That will be the relay that is separate from all the other relays that you see
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