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Old 04-24-2006, 04:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK guys this is my problem: (starting) the car (1994 318i) always started fine since I bought it ( 2 weeks ago) but today it rained and this is what I came to find.... I went in the car to start it up and nothing > battery was dead (but 7 hours earlier it started very well, it was not raining then) So I said to myslef "oh what the hell .... lets get a boost", I called the booster guy, he came and plugged his booster but the car REFUSED to start ....however the electricals worked when his booster was plugged to my battery (wiper, lights etc) but the starter would barely turn ... it will just click and stop ( .....it never cranks the whole way. )

Ok ok ok, I removed the ecu (dme) and dried it nicely, placed it back, tried to start it .... and same shit. (with new battery)

So, I took it to a garage this afternoon and they said my starter is bad. Also, they pulled out the oil stick and it smells STRONGLY like gasoline. They told me that they will drain the oil, and change the starter. I left the place and said " fix it, I'll be back to morrow" .

MY QUESTION IS THIS >>> How come the battery would drain at the same time that the starter would go bad? ...only a few hours after I drove it and it was fine.

What the hell is wrong with that car?

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Old 04-24-2006, 05:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Honestly... sounds like your battery was dead... I would have replaced the battery first...

Replace things... and try... you dont replace the entire car if it wont start once... you have to narrow it down some...

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