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Old 11-27-2013, 04:23 AM
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my 2001 bmw 740il sport won't start???please help

my car is not starting..everything else is working,lights,navigation etc...pplease help!!i am gonna be late to work

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Old 11-27-2013, 04:31 AM
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when i turn the key,it makes a clicking sound.
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Old 11-27-2013, 05:16 AM
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battery is new..tried jumping it and nothing.
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Old 11-27-2013, 05:56 AM
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Could be the starter or key. I would lean more towards the starter.

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Old 11-27-2013, 07:10 AM
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Could be the starter or key. I would lean more towards the starter.
i think you are rightwhat do you mean the key?this is my first bmw i have ever owned...the starter makes one click sound and thats it.everything else powers on.

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Old 11-27-2013, 07:10 AM
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Disconnect battery, clean terminals. Make sure car is in park or neutral before starting
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:22 AM
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Disconnect battery, clean terminals. Make sure car is in park or neutral before starting
the previous owner bought a smaller cheaper battery than the original battery that was in the car...would that matter?
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:37 AM
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Disconnect battery, clean terminals. Make sure car is in park or neutral before starting
cca is only 590 on new battery..lol...that would be my problem right?i need to be more in the 850 range?
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:46 AM
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What I meant with the key is: If a key becomes damaged, the car won't recognize the transponder and that causes a no start problem. But from what you are describing, it sounds more like a starter or battery problem. My money is on the starter. Hope this helps
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:56 AM
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Your battery is way too small!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It needs to be at least 750-800CCA
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:01 AM
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Your battery is way too small!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It needs to be at least 750-800CCA
LOL!ok,i will go buy a bmw battery or one at walmart...are you 100% positive bro?

it's not the starter?trying to save money here,lol.
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:02 AM
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What I meant with the key is: If a key becomes damaged, the car won't recognize the transponder and that causes a no start problem. But from what you are describing, it sounds more like a starter or battery problem. My money is on the starter. Hope this helps
i am gonna go and buy a battery and hope that is all the problem could be..thank you for your time
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:16 AM
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LOL!ok,i will go buy a bmw battery or one at walmart...are you 100% positive bro?

it's not the starter?trying to save money here,lol.
I'm positive your battery is way too small and doesn't have the amps to turn the starter over in the cold. I believe wal-mart carries the right size battery as that is what my car has (everstart max)
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:27 AM
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I'm positive your battery is way too small and doesn't have the amps to turn the starter over in the cold. I believe wal-mart carries the right size battery as that is what my car has (everstart max)
on the phone with walmart right now..i will let ya know if that was the problem..i think you are rightlove ya man!!lol

just talked to previous owner and he said it is not the starter.that is good news.

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Old 11-27-2013, 08:31 AM
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Starters are a pretty rare failure with these cars so hopefully you won't have to worry about that any time soon
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:32 AM
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Starters are a pretty rare failure with these cars so hopefully you won't have to worry about that any time soon
do i have to reset the system when putting in new battery?>?????
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:33 AM
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do i have to reset the system when putting in new battery?>?????
No, the e38 does NOT have an IBS (intelligent battery sensor)...those are found on the new BMWs that have iDrive. Though it seems like many aftermarket installers tend to think this new feature applies to older BMWs...it does NOT.

BTW...you need a 49/H8 or 95/H9 battery class size....Walmart usually sells an EverStart Maxx H8 or the EverStart Maxx H9 battery in one of these sizes (or a size one class down or up) that should work.

Just make sure you hook up the battery to the VENT TUBE...and make sure that you install the clamp correctly down on the foot of the battery to prevent it from sliding fore/aft which can loosen the battery cables.
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2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
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99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

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2006 E53 X5 4.4i (Sterling Gray) 12/05 mfg date <<~>> 97 740iL (Arctic Silver) 3/97 mfg date
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99 540iT (Orient Blue) <<~>> 95 525IT (Alpine White)
91 735iL (Schwarz Black) <<~>> 85 325e (Bronzit)

http://imageshack.com/scaled/grid240/822/e38e532ndsigpic.jpg

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Old 11-27-2013, 08:45 AM
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No, the e38 does NOT have an IBS (intelligent battery sensor)...those are found on the new BMWs that have iDrive. Though it seems like many aftermarket installers tend to think this new feature applies to older BMWs...it does NOT.

BTW...you need a 49/H8 or 95/H9 battery class size....Walmart usually sells an EverStart Maxx H8 or the EverStart Maxx H9 battery in one of these sizes (or a size one class down or up) that should work.

Just make sure you hook up the battery to the VENT TUBE...and make sure that you install the clamp correctly down on the foot of the battery to prevent it from sliding fore/aft which can loosen the battery cables.
great great news!!!!!you guys are so dam helpful,thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!

now i kinda wish the starter went out instead..starters are cheaper than the fricken batteries!lol
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:53 AM
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But a battery takes 2 minutes to install though
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:58 AM
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But a battery takes 2 minutes to install though
LOL..smart butt

for future references,jump from the front or back?i see there is a positive on the engine but i can't find the negative?
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:08 AM
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Always jump from the front, positive is obviously on the valve cover but negative is the big body colored bolt on the driver's strut tower
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:11 AM
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Always jump from the front, positive is obviously on the valve cover but negative is the big body colored bolt on the driver's strut tower
oh dude,i was jumping from the trunk

ok,i sound like an idiot but i don't care because i know deep down you are loving these retarded questions i am asking you

the negative is on the drivers side strut tower?any particular color i should look for?
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:15 AM
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Always jump from the front, positive is obviously on the valve cover but negative is the big body colored bolt on the driver's strut tower
there is the black rubber thing in the center and down off to the side there is a nut and bolt and next to it is a chrome/rusted out looking bolt..is that it?there is nothing indicating that it is the negative.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:21 AM
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This big thing off to the side of the black plastic cap is the negative
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