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Old 08-08-2004, 01:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone Im new here and had a question.I have a 00 M5 with 61000 miles and I love it,anyway this morning I went to start it and it sounds like the starter is just free wheelin.Does this soun d like a starter problem,kinda sounds like aI have no compression like the sound a vehicle makes when a timing belt has jumped a tooth.Thanks for any help,also I have a extended warranty thats very good with 0 deductible.
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Old 08-09-2004, 06:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well... if your starter is spinning... that means your selenoid that powers the starter is working.

First question towards a diagnosis.... is the engine turning over... barely firing off.... or just turning over.... in other words... is the starter just making noise and nothing is felt being moved by the starter... or is the starter actually moving something.. and turning the engine over.. and it wont "light" off.??????????
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Solenoid is not moving,I beleive its the starter but i figured bmw gurus would know
oh yeah m5 starters fail and make that noise.
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So... what failed...??? the starter selenoid... or what? Just so I know for the future...

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good thing you have a $60,000 car that doesnt start... lol
my $8,000 car hasn't ever had a problem starting....wierd
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Skaw I haved worked for a dealership for 17 years.12 with Toy,3 with Lexus.And 2 with Cadillac.mazda,and pontiac.Ive replaced a lot of starters as a Service Advisor and just replaced brushes in 93 toyota pcik up last week.2,500 pick up.Lol Thanks for help.Ctu
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just explain that to me though... why are very expensive cars so hard to maintain?
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Skawful first thing I have repalced on vehicle,again 61000 miles.
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BMW replaced transmission on my 2003 325i after 3000 miles ghead
And it's still making whining noise. So expensive cars don't have to be perfect
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Skawful first thing I have repalced on vehicle,again 61000 miles.
good!
thats good to hear, i usually hear the opposite...
but you cant tell me cars like JAGUARS are the least to maintain...
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good thing you have a $60,000 car that doesnt start... lol
my $8,000 car hasn't ever had a problem starting....wierd
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Ok all got M5 back it was just a starter and not ring gear also.Running great now and starts,also skay a jaguar is made by Ford. n
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