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I was driving my car down the highway the other day,all of a sudden I lost power to my instument panel car started sputtering then died.The battery appears dead.The battery is new.
 

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On a serious note: have both the battery and the alternator bench tested. Also have them test the current draw while the car is off. You may have a high-current short somewhere. Did it rain recently where you are, and was you car exposed to the rain?

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On a serious note: have both the battery and the alternator bench tested. Also have them test the current draw while the car is off. You may have a high-current short somewhere. Did it rain recently where you are, and was you car exposed to the rain?

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Thanks for getting back with me.My car is a 98 328i sedan.Before my instuments started going haywire I had to get a jumpstart.I will take the alternator off to have it tested.The battery is new.
 

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The alternator was bad,I think my ignition switch could be bad.The tumbler spins all the way around sometimes.
 

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I finally got my starting problem figured out.The bonding strap was not making good contact.I took it off cleaned it wiyh a wire brush and it fired up.Thanks for the help!I was getting a partial ground until I would try to turn it over ,then I would lose it all together.
 

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I finally got my starting problem figured out.The bonding strap was not making good contact.I took it off cleaned it wiyh a wire brush and it fired up.Thanks for the help!I was getting a partial ground until I would try to turn it over ,then I would lose it all together.
Great news.......that is why the Bentley Service Manual said to check for wiring faults!



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hi dude, with regards to your tumbler, this happened to me. change it asap cos on mine i started went into town and couldn't switch it off, then realised if it stalled i wouldn't be able to start it again.
just for peace of mind i changed the whole ignition part. housing, tumbler, the bit the key goes in (which may be the same thing) all off it. didn't get my pants pulled down on price too much either. in total i think it came to £135 genuine parts.. fitted it myself in about 3 hours taking my time.
REMEMBER TO DISCONNECT THE BATTERY OFF ,DON'T WANT AN AIRBAG BLOWING UP IN YOUR FACE!!!!
the only thing to remember is the two little grub screws on there, which, on , mine, had what looked like a heavy wax so you couldn't find them.
i did have to go get my airbag light reset at bmw but if you're lucky they may do it for free as you've just spent over $200. only takes them 5 mins after all.
all the best, DUDEHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOG!!!!!!
 
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