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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 03-06-2013, 03:55 PM
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Question Problems starting!!!

Hey, i have a 98 328i and having trouble. So this morning i went to the store(3 blocks away). Got back in the car, turned the key and only got a fast clicking sound. Then every turn after that got no sound but the cluster lights and gauges going crazy. any suggestions on what that might be?
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:59 PM
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Dead battery, or bad battery connection.
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:02 PM
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Did you try and jump start it?
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:15 PM
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tried jumping it, nothing. just had my battery tested and it says its at 10.9v, guess i need to be at 12v to start. thank you guys.
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:19 PM
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It should be closer to 13V to start. Even 12V is a low battery.
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:25 PM
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A good battery will read a constant 12.4 volts under standard testing.
Anything below 12 volts indicates a bad cell in the battery.
10.9 volts is as good as dead.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:45 PM
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^^ 12.6 volts is a fully charged battery. Battery should be able to hold a load half of its CCA rating at or above 10v for 15 continuous seconds. 12.4 is nothing to be of concern other than low state of charge, anything less than 12 after charge can almost be sure its got a bad cell or two
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