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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-15-2013, 03:14 PM
e39-540kan e39-540kan is offline
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Unhappy 540i Automatic wont turn over

I moved away from my beloved e39 and ended up not driving it for 4 months without a trickle charger attached. Very bad news. Now, of course the battery is dead, but even with a (hybrid) truck connected to it via jumper cables it clicks but won't turn over. I left it connected for 20 minutes or so, but that didnt change anythjng.

When I disconnect the other truck it seems like there's no juice in the battery (or at least not enough to turn on the lights).

I'm wondering if I need a new battery? Or maybe something worse like the solenoid has busted. Tried the stomp trick and haven't had any luck. What do you guys think?
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:32 PM
JimLev JimLev is offline
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Your battery is dead and probably won't hold a charge.
Jumper cables really need a good connections at both batteries to get the dead car to start.
This is even more important if the battery is dead in the car you are trying to start.
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