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Old 03-04-2010, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Could my alarm be the cause of my starter not engaging.After I changed my battery the alarm beeps 3 times when I try to set it.It wont lock the doors like it used to.
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The charge light does not come on when key is in position 1.
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The charge light does not come on when key is in position 1.

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If the warning light does not come on, repair any wiring or bulb faults before continuing to check the charging system!

Maybe the bulb is out which completes the circuit to D+........if not, recheck your wiring......
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if you are using an aftermarket alarm(any brand).. take it off... there no aftermarket alarms that are compatible with BMW electrics... and it will bring you lots of starting troubles, and lock-outs over time.
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I had to disconnect the negative cable for the alarm to reset.The alarm seems to be working.When I turn my key to position 1,the charge light does not come on.It says to check for bad wiring or a bulb.Is there a starter relay somewhere?
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I had to disconnect the negative cable for the alarm to reset.The alarm seems to be working.When I turn my key to position 1,the charge light does not come on.It says to check for bad wiring or a bulb.Is there a starter relay somewhere?
I think you have start looking in that area, meaning the bulb & the wiring.......there is nothing wrong related with the starter........because, when you jump start your car, it starts.......that is telling me that when you jump start it @ the engine compartment position, you are bypassing the issue, with either the charge warning light bulb that supplies 12 volts to D+ on the alternator or the wiring issue is being bypassed.....

Listen, you had the a the alternator out, there are 3 wires in the back, are you sure they are on the correct terminals.......I would double check that 1st, if that checks out Ok.......then I would remove the gauge cluster & check the bulb......

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See if the warning light doen't work mean thre would be some wiring problem, or may be fault in the bulb, so check it once, ths was wht i thnk, wht do u say abt it?

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