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Old 05-08-2011, 01:09 PM
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BMW 525i won't turn over. No Noise No Click...Nothing

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I am new to this forum, and am not a mechanic. My car was fine, I went into a restaurant for about an hour, and left my lights on. When I tried to start the car, there was no click, no noise of any kind, and the car won't start.
I had a friend come an jump it, but still would not start. The battery seems fine. The windows work, the lights come on bright, but when you turn the key...NOTHING!
I called AAA and they came to take it to my home. The driver used a portable charger, and tried to charge it with a positive connection under the hood. Still would not work. He suggested it was not the starter, or coil, because there was no noise. He thinks the car is being told not to work. Some system that BMW has that he knows nothing about. He suggested maybe there is a "battery saver" switch, or something like it that needs to be told to let the car turn over.
I have read the forums, but am confused.
Does anyone have any ideas?
Thanks so much!
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Old 05-08-2011, 01:13 PM
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Did you check all of your fuses? How about the fuseable link under the rear seat behind the battery? Start with the basics and go from there. Check the wiring on the battery. A loose wire will cause these cars to go bonkers. Grab a Bentley manual so you can use that to help get you started.
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:42 PM
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I would try to jump start the car again, this time dont use a portable jump pack. They often times don't have enough juice, so use another car and some jump cables. Make sure you have a good connection.
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Old 05-08-2011, 03:11 PM
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If none of the above works, I would suggest you take the battery out and take it to a local parts store (AutoZone, Advance Auto, etc.) and have it load tested. I suspect your battery is bad. These cars are very tempermental and require a fully charged battery to operate correctly.

Let us know what you find out when you get it fixed .... and I know you will.

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Old 05-09-2011, 03:13 PM
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It was the fuse!

Thanks for your help. We put a new battery in...my old one was 9 years old. That did not work.
Then we checked the fuse, found one broken, replaced it and it worked!
Thanks to everyone...
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Old 05-09-2011, 03:16 PM
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Glad you got it fixed. If the battery was 9 years old, it was time for a new one anyway.

Which fuse by the way?

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Old 05-09-2011, 07:42 PM
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Yeah, get back here and tell us which fuse you fixed in order to solve your problem, so that others may benefit from your experience.
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:39 PM
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I had the same problem a couple of days ago. Drove car to work, but when I went back to run an errand it wouldn't start. Towed it to my mechanic and it started. So strange. Anyway, they tested it and found that my battery was very weak. I bought my 325i brand new in 2005, so it was time for a new battery.
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Old 05-22-2011, 12:08 AM
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I'm thinking battery failure.
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:54 PM
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same thing just happened to me. turned out to be a fuse for the "engine control" which on my car is in the 29 and 30th position.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:12 PM
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I had the same problem with my 1990 525i and it turned out to be related to my anti-theft device. When using just my key to open the door and start it, it wouldnt crank. But when clicking my remote and disarming the alarm it worked fine. Seemed odd to me, i was thinking it might be your issue but glad to see you got it fixed.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:55 PM
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I thought it was the same problem i had lol. I had to do an ews bypass. Wich is not easy, mind you.
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:16 PM
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Soooo.... I'm having the same problem

I drove my car to school and when I tried to start it, nothing. I have been trying to get it running but no one can figure it out. We are thinking its a problem with the security system/computer. I also just noticed the PPPP code on my OBC. I have a 95 540i which i would hate to get rid of.
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:54 PM
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Unplug the battery for a while to try to reset the PPPP. Start a new thread also so we can help better, and give more pointers.
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Old 04-28-2014, 05:22 PM
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What's the build date of the car? There should be a black sticker on the driver's door jamb with month/year listed.
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Old 04-28-2014, 05:44 PM
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95 540i

It has the date 02/95
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:43 PM
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Are you getting any electricals on or it's just dead?

Starter?
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:45 PM
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Are you getting any electricals on or it's just dead?

Starter?
OP started a thread, replaced the starter as it seemed it went out, everything else, besides OBC works.
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:45 PM
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:54 PM
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Car won't turn over, and has pppp where the time and date used to be. Can't figure out what is wrong
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:02 PM
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OP started a thread, replaced the starter as it seemed it went out, everything else, besides OBC works.
oops skimming through threads again. My bad.
Won't start, got juice, new starter... Alternator is solid correct?
Hmmm. I've read something about this issue on BF.C I can't remember the cause.
OP if you have an alarm you'd see a box close to your battery.
It will say Alpine or BMW. Is that there? If so my suggestion is to disconnect it and see what happens.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:03 PM
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Wait doesn't PPPP come across the OBC when there is a power fault and the car resets? But it's real brief. Like maybe 2 seconds?
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:05 PM
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Try this:
THE DEFINITIVE “NO START THREAD
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:05 PM
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Wait doesn't PPPP come across the OBC when there is a power fault and the car resets? But it's real brief. Like maybe 2 seconds?
Yes it does, and sometimes it will only go away after the car is started, each time i disconnect my battery that is what happens. But the OP can't start his/her car. That is why since my recent PPPP error I'm afraid to disconnect my battery.
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:06 PM
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Alternator is good. I have to go and find the alarm. The pppp stays on even when I try to start the car.
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