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#1 (permalink) Old 07-09-2005, 03:47 PM
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My car's starter is not working (E36:1994 325 IS). When I turn the ignition key I hear a "click" and sometimes there is a grinding noise for a second or two. Replaced the battery with a new one but the problem remains. Please help
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My car's starter is not working (E36:1994 325 IS). When I turn the ignition key I hear a "click" and sometimes there is a grinding noise for a second or two. Replaced the battery with a new one but the problem remains. Please help
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Does the grinding sound definately come from the starter? If so, have you recently replaced it ? If you have, is it an OEM starter?

Sometimes if you are in a jam to get the car started, you can simply "tap" the starter with a hammer or similar heavy object.
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Originally posted by napalm+Jul 10 2005, 01:46 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(napalm @ Jul 10 2005, 01:46 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-atifhalim@Jul 9 2005, 04:47 PM
My car's starter is not working (E36:1994 325 IS).* When I turn the ignition key I hear a "click" and sometimes there is a grinding noise for a second or two.* Replaced the battery with a new one but the problem remains.* Please help
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Does the grinding sound definately come from the starter? If so, have you recently replaced it ? If you have, is it an OEM starter?

Sometimes if you are in a jam to get the car started, you can simply "tap" the starter with a hammer or similar heavy object.
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The starter has never been replaced in this car. the grinding noise is rare and i am not sure if its the starter thats making it.

I shall try tapping it with a hammer, as soon as if figure out where the starter is. Thanks for the help
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Also you can isolate the problem by trying to compression start the car if you can then that means it is not something else. Just a shot in the dark.

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