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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 12-24-2010, 02:47 PM
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Need help now!!

My car will not even crank after i have replaced the battery as well as the altinator. Randomly when i try, my power options such as windows and sunroof, do not work when the key is in ACC mode but at other times they will work. The car will not even crank at all like i said. is this possibly an electrical problem. please give me suggestions. also aside from the main fuse box, i havent checked anything else because i am still fairly new to this car and do not know where anything is. DSE relay fuse?
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Old 12-24-2010, 02:52 PM
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you mean nothing as in just that, nothing. no lights, or cranking??

sounds like an ignition switch to me. that's where i would start.


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Old 12-24-2010, 02:55 PM
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sorry i was rushing so i didnt clarify. everything in the car works lights, windows, sunroof, climate control, etc. but when i try to start the car it does not crank. the battery is not dead nor is the altinator dead. both have just been replaced. its either the starter or a short circuit somewhere. are there any other fuses i should check besides the ones in the main fuse box under the hood?
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Old 12-24-2010, 02:56 PM
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btw how do i check the ignition switch?
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could be the starter as well. do you have a test light??


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Old 12-24-2010, 05:59 PM
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Could be starter. Do you hear the Fuel Pump engaging?
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