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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 01-15-2013, 03:14 PM
e39-540kan e39-540kan is offline
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Unhappy 540i Automatic wont turn over

I moved away from my beloved e39 and ended up not driving it for 4 months without a trickle charger attached. Very bad news. Now, of course the battery is dead, but even with a (hybrid) truck connected to it via jumper cables it clicks but won't turn over. I left it connected for 20 minutes or so, but that didnt change anythjng.

When I disconnect the other truck it seems like there's no juice in the battery (or at least not enough to turn on the lights).

I'm wondering if I need a new battery? Or maybe something worse like the solenoid has busted. Tried the stomp trick and haven't had any luck. What do you guys think?
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:32 PM
JimLev JimLev is offline
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Your battery is dead and probably won't hold a charge.
Jumper cables really need a good connections at both batteries to get the dead car to start.
This is even more important if the battery is dead in the car you are trying to start.

2000 540/6 Slightly tweeked...everywhere
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