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Old 11-21-2013, 07:16 PM
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2011 335xi not starting

The car is a 2011 with 12k miles and has not been started for about a month. I'm pretty certain the battery is dead. I tried jumpstarting it from the engine compartment. All the electronics come on, but when I press the "start" button with my foot on the break, it seems to make a short crank and gives up. I tried jump starting through the battery and had the same issue.

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Old 11-21-2013, 07:44 PM
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The car is a 2011 with 12k miles and has not been started for about a month. I'm pretty certain the battery is dead. I tried jumpstarting it from the engine compartment. All the electronics come on, but when I press the "start" button with my foot on the break, it seems to make a short crank and gives up. I tried jump starting through the battery and had the same issue.

Any help would be appreciated.

Oh ye of but one post.....how little thou knowest.

Viewth THIS VIDEO and thou shalt know wherefore thou art.
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:06 PM
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Oh ye of but one post.....how little thou knowest.

Viewth THIS VIDEO and thou shalt know wherefore thou art.
I've been here just reading for a while, never needed to post until now.

So does that mean I should get a new battery? I'm not entirely sure what was being said there.
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:32 PM
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If your car was built before 7/11, did you have the battery cable recall done?
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:41 PM
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If your car was built before 7/11, did you have the battery cable recall done?
Well here's the thing. I actually just got the car today. I got it out of the auction (it had been crashed, repaired, and sold by insurance company). About a month ago, it started no problem. But since then it has not been started. It sat in storage for 2 weeks before delivery driver picked it up (it was lifted by forklift, no attempt to start it was made).

I decided to come here before going and spending money to have it repaired. It's clear to me the battery is dead because absolutely nothing electronic works until I attach a jumper cable/trickle charger, but even then, it only makes a short crank, stops, and seems the electronic components reset.

Shouldn't it be able to be jump started? I know the battery is dead but it only has 12k miles on it so I'm not sure if it's DONE dead, or just "light left on a long time" dead.

I was also told (and I'm not sure if it's true) that the battery has to be fully charged in order to start the car.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:09 PM
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The battery has to be fully charged then tested to determine if its a bad battery. A discharged battery doesn't mean failed battery.
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I've been here just reading for a while, never needed to post until now.

So does that mean I should get a new battery? I'm not entirely sure what was being said there.

Did you view the video? Charge the battery - then run the test.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:28 PM
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Did you view the video? Charge the battery - then run the test.
Yeah I saw the video and I'll do that first thing tomorrow after work. Thank you!
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The battery has to be fully charged then tested to determine if its a bad battery. A discharged battery doesn't mean failed battery.
I will try that tomorrow. Thank you!
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Yeah I saw the video and I'll do that first thing tomorrow after work. Thank you!

Hey post the result - other'n video are links for DIY battery R&R and DIY battery registration, which you MUST do regardless of whether or not you replace with identical unit....


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