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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 08-26-2016, 11:07 AM
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Car won't start

My car won't start out of no where. Wont even click. Lights turned on but not anymore. I need help
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Old 08-26-2016, 03:26 PM
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Car won't start

1. Have you checked the battery; is it charged? Yes, go to step 2; No see step A
2. Are the terminals clean and tightly secured? Yes, go to step 3; no see step B
3. Is any fuses blown? Yes, go to step 4; no see step C and D
4. If you connect jumper cables, does the horn sound, lights turn on, and starter click or engine turn over? Yes, go to step 5; no see step E
5. Did the car start? Yes, go to step 6; no see step E and D
6. Use multimeter to check output of alternator at the battery terminals. Is voltage 13-14vdc? Yes, go to step 7; no see step F and A
7. Allow batteries to charge for one hour with car running. Does car start without a jump?
Yes, go to step G; no see step A

A. Have battery tested or Replaced/ recharged
B. Clean terminals and do not apply any grease.
C. Replace blown fuses
D. Test for a short in wiring
E. Test starter and ignition switch
F. Replace alternator
G. Drive your E30 more often

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Old 08-26-2016, 06:44 PM
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That checklist needs to be stickied.
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Old 08-26-2016, 08:12 PM
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2x the stickied...great advise...
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