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#1 (permalink) Old 07-16-2006, 07:47 AM
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Battery?

Hi guys - its been a while since i've been here - in the past I have had some good advice and have now run in to a new problem with my E36 - 1994 - 320i that I was hoping to get some ideas on.

The problem is basically - I turn the key but absolutely nothing happens, no engine turning, no clicks - nothing - nada.

Most of the lights on the dashboard turn on - though not always. In fact I have just tried it again before writing this - and weirdly enough the petrol gauge indicator was swinging from left to right real quick.
The radio, central locking etc... are also not working.

Now, this happened a few weeks ago and I went to my local Halfords (Car Parts centre) and I got them to check my battery. The instrument they used said : Charge and Retest.

So I charged it - and result - the car started fine - all ok, etc... And it was like this for around a week or so.
I then went to start this today and I am back to the beginning - absolutely nothing.

So my question is basically - what do you guys with your experience reckon this is? Short circuit somewhere?? If so, how do I check?

Or what else should I check?

Thanks guys.
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You have a bad battery that won't hold a charge. When the instruments work the battery has enough charge to run them but not enough to turn over the engine. Get a new battery and clean the battery connections. If the problem continues with a new battery then you can start looking further for an open circuit or bad wires etc.
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Ya I need a new battery too.
What's the best battery to get? Brand and model?

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Alternator not charing the battery i would be guessing

Check ur alternator

Also check ur battery terminals..
I know its proberly not them but i had a similiar problem with my negative lead...
If the car shows no sign of anything "all power gone" move them and see if the boot light comes on..
If it does u know ur prob
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whatever battery brands you choose make sure you get one with a vent hole to hook the vent tube up to or the battery will rust out your trunk.

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Yeah, you want to check that area occasionally for rust. I just found out that my otherwise pristine 96 328i has nothing holding the battery from falling through the floor. Has anyone fixed this type of problem? The battery vent was in place.

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I highly recommend Optima Yellow Top batteries.

Btw, they're sealed, so you don't need a vent tube.



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