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Old 11-23-2012, 02:37 PM
denticola denticola is offline
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Cold start screaching sound

I have a 2008 528xi (62k miles) manual transmission.

Very recently when temperature deeps below 37 degrees, engine won't start and I can hear screaching sound until I push the start/stop engine button to cut off electricity to crank the engine. I have to repeat 2 to 3 times and finally engine cranks and starts.

Problem just started this year, never happened before and I don't believe it's due to condition of the battery. Maybe an alternator?

Did anyone experienced similar incident in cold start?
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:27 AM
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boramkiv boramkiv is offline
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Sounds like your starter is missing some teeth, or the flywheel. Or it could be the solenoid not pushing the starters teeth
up fast enough to catch the flywheel. Either way your starter should be looked at because its doing damage to the flywheel.
Repeatedly doing so can cause more damage. Get someone to look at it and diagnose further. I don't know what warranty
you have, but if you have CPO, that should be covered.
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