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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 09-20-2006, 10:51 AM
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HELP! e39 down! starter relay location/part number

Hi guys- trying to help a member of another board I frequent- no one, including BMW dealership knows the location or part number of the starter relay. AKA "we know nothing, bring it in so we can replace everything under the hood" I told him I suspect it's under the passenger cabin filter- but by not knowing which it is- it's all guess work. Any insight I can share with him? I will point him to this thread so he can add info too- he's got a 528i if theres any differences. his car has been down for a few days now, did everthing from new battery to new key- no power to starter. thanks guys- Mark
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Old 09-20-2006, 11:12 AM
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Hey ppl I am the owner of that car. 1998 528i Sports edition. I put the key in and nothing! no noise from the starter and I have already put in a new battery, new key, new ignition switch... so now I am trying to find the starter relay. The starter's main bolt has power but the solenoid doesnt (when key turned). Any info would be great. And thanks again Mark!
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Old 09-20-2006, 03:22 PM
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no problem. bump.
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Old 09-21-2006, 09:46 AM
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ya know this really is making me angry- I can't imagine how the guy who owns the car feels- do you think one of you could look at a bentley and tell him where it is? or otherwise try to help a fellow e39 owner? He's spent hundreds in the past week trying to fix it. I can't honestly believe no one over 2 whole forums has no answers for him. What a joke- the dealership can't supply you a simple part number- real oem list "various relays" Stuff like this makes me alot less confident about keeping my car any length of time.
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Old 09-21-2006, 09:58 AM
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The starter relay sits in a relay panel above the glove compartment. You have to remove the glove box and drop it down. The relay panel looks like this little white storage tray, and it has 4 relays in it - a tall black one in the back, and three short white ones in front. The starter relay is the short white one furthest to the left. FYI the relay panel also has 2 fuses on the side of it - one 50 amp and one 40 amp. Bentley lists a designation number of K6324, but I don't know if this will help with BMW as far as a part number goes. It's all that's listed, though. Good luck.

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Old 09-21-2006, 10:10 AM
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thanks- I just got an update on his situation, he did find them and replaced, still not starting- he's taking it to the service department. Now I REALLY feel bad for him-lol.

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Old 09-21-2006, 10:28 AM
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Has the dealer diagnosed his EWS (electronic driveaway protection) system yet? It can be the EWS, a bad key, or the ring antenna around the ignition not reading the key.
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Old 09-21-2006, 11:23 AM
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Anyword on what the problem was yet?
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Old 05-29-2007, 07:13 PM
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i'm having the same problem. i can't figure it out. i'm starting the car now but connecting a cable to + on teh solenoid. did he find anything? any help would be very much appreciated
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:10 PM
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I assume you've done the simple things? Remove the battery wire from the battery, clean the inside of the connector with sandpaper and clean the battery posts off with sandpaper. You may have a good enough connection to run your auxiliaries but not good enough to pass the amps required for the starter.
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:00 PM
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sorry guys this wasn't on my car- it was that Jay guy- email him and see if he has any info.
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Old 05-30-2007, 05:59 AM
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thankx man.
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Starting Issue with my E39 525i

Hi Folks, this may not be right forum for this question.........but here goes:

Of late, when I start my 02 525i, it sputters and quits; when I start again "all is well" and the car runs fine. Wife and I just took it on 600 mile round and got 33.6 MPG. But the starting issue remained present on the trip and has continued since we got home. I am running gasoline that does NOT contain ethanol. Seems like this may be a vaccum leak on initial start-up, but I really don't know. And except for this issue, the car runs fine.

Any ideas would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:54 PM
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I may be off here but if you jump start the car and it runs isn't the ews functioning I used a snap- on starter button w/ key on and it works everytime switch is good starter works no key start the key locks and unlocks so batt in key good ???
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:52 PM
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E39

Thanks, but I no longer own an E39........Traded it nine months ago.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:11 PM
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Dunno if it helps but I typed /starter motor F3 in the bestlinks and it came up with these references:
- Where is the starter motor located (1) & an M52 starter motor DIY (1) (2) & removing the 540i starter motor in one hour (1) & the BMW TIS (1) and an E38 740iL starter motor DIY (1) (2) & how to remove the M52 starter motor without removing the intake manifold (1) (2) & what special tools are needed (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & where is the starter motor relay (1) (2)
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Any differences in this process on 02' 525i?
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