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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:04 AM
sureluck sureluck is offline
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'99 E36 will not start, no crank

Hey guys! First time posting... but I'll try to be succinct. I've scoured probably 20-30 various thread topics on this issue and no luck.

The Facts:

* 1999 E36 M3 with factory alarm wiring but aftermarket alarm
* Car was running perfect 2 days ago.
* Yesterday, I disconnected battery (neg term), swapped stereo head unit


Inserting key and turning to position 1 and 2, all electronics work but turning to 3rd position car will not turn over. Turning to 3rd position dash lights do not change at all, starter does not turn, and I do not hear anything.

Things I've checked:

* Second key does not work
* Tried the driver/passenger door reset trick, lock/unlock with key multiple times. Nothing changed. The driver door, btw, has a separate key due to the handle breaking in the past.
* All fuses are good. Ran a voltmeter on every fuse in the engine compartment.
* Disconnected aftermarket alarm under glove box.
* Turned alarm on, set it off by shaking car, and turned it off. So alarm works but this had no effect.
* Disconnected battery for an hour and reconnected.
* Reinstalled factory stereo head unit and keyed in code in owners manual. Original stereo works great but car will still not start.
* Tried jump-starting thinking maybe the battery was low, but no change.

None of the above worked!

I'm guessing I broke the EWS somehow. From reading this should be a EWS II system, but I have no idea where to diagnose from here.

Any chance there are some BMW geniuses on here who can help me out?
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:24 PM
Daggerty Daggerty is offline
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Mein Auto: 1995 BMW 325is
I'd start simple and check the power to the starter when trying to start it. It may just be a coincidence it died when you did that. Time to put the multimeter to work either way
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