M-Series (M1, M3, M5, M6)General M-Series Discussion - If it does not fit into a more specific M Category above, please place it in here. In addition, previously archived M-Series discussion is located in this section.
I have a 1999 M3 coupe. My battery has been slowly running down the past couple months, and now can't start the car without a boost. I want to have the battery tested to know if it is the problem, or if I have some other (alternator, etc.) problem instead.
My problem is that I cannot remove the tray covering access to it. This is one of those things that is obviously so simple... I can't do it. used:
I can see lots of chew marks all around its "catch" from, I assume, previous visitors. Mine doesn't seem to exactly match how it looks or is described in the manual, or online, so I am really at a loss, and don't want to break the damn thing. It looks like ultimately the objective is to get the bottom of this thing to move in the direction of the side of the car, away from the centre of the car, but it won't budge (short of force I fear will break it).
I've attached photos, and would appreciate any help. Please talk slowly so I don't get confused.
M3UOND: I'm not sure what you're suggesting. It definitely feels "secured" at the point of this... catch, or whatever it is. It feels like sure, I could pry it up, if I pried hard enough to break that catch.
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