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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-10-2013, 01:49 PM
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Clicking when trying to turn over

Really hoping someone can help me with this.
I own an E46 318i coupe 2000 and recently it has developed a starting problem.
It will sometimes start but then when I turn it off and try to restart it again all I get is 'click click click' and the headlights flash
Ive changed the battery and its still the same.
Has anyone had this before??

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Old 03-10-2013, 02:16 PM
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Changed the battery and did not work any better right from the start?

Click, click is coming from starter area?

If problem never improved with new battery at all, suspect an erratic starter.
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Old 03-10-2013, 02:56 PM
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Another possibility:

If you continued to drive on the old battery, you might have damaged the alternator (not unheard of in cases like this). Have the output checked on yours....

Check all ground wires, make sure they`re clean & tight.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:21 PM
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The alternator won't affect starting. OP I think you need a new starter.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:40 PM
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The alternator won't affect starting. OP I think you need a new starter.
You`re missing the point, Zippy. If the alternator was cooked due to driving on the old battery for too long, the *new* battery wouldn`t last very long either....
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:47 PM
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You`re missing the point, Zippy. If the alternator was cooked due to driving on the old battery for too long, the *new* battery wouldn`t last very long either....
Yes, agreed. But OP mentioned that he was unable to start his car even with the brand new battery installed.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:28 AM
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Is this a 5-speed manual or auto box? If it's a manual transmission, put the car in 3rd gear and rock the car a little... This will free the starter gear being stuck to the flywheel. I suspect the little gear at the end of the starter is probably stuck and not moving back and forth like it should because due to age of the starter.

I would still jump start the car while cranking over the motor with the new battery. I just helped my next door neighbor with the exact starting problem on his 325i last week.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:25 AM
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I'd suspect either a bad starter or bad connections.
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:12 PM
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Thankyou very much for the replys
Ive bought a starter so will fit that over the weekend n see what I have. Its a frustrating problem because it doesn't do it at all now with the new battery. Yet it did still have the problem when I first fit the new battery.

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Thankyou very much for the replys
Ive bought a starter so will fit that over the weekend n see what I have. Its a frustrating problem because it doesn't do it at all now with the new battery. Yet it did still have the problem when I first fit the new battery.

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Better brush up on your curse words before attempting to install that starter....
It'd help if the OP needed a new clutch. When I get around to doing mine I am replacing my starter with a BRAND new one. Easy to do when the trans is missing.
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Ive bought a starter
You bought a new battery and a new starter, and there's no mention of use of a $20 DMM?

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Old 03-11-2013, 04:30 PM
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A dmm?

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Old 03-11-2013, 04:33 PM
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Oh of course. . A multi meter lol.
I actually have 1, but didn't really think to use it

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