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Old 02-11-2014, 11:47 PM
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How do i check the alt votlage.. ? where are the terminals ?


I am going to check the voltage at the battery terminals and see what the voltage is after full charge and also after let it sit for 8 hrs or so.

I have a feeling the battery is draining for some odd reason..
Will find out more tomorrow.

never mind got it... how to check the voltages


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Old 02-12-2014, 05:02 AM
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:23 AM
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All night charging the battery Car doesn't start

Checked the voltage with key off across terminals.. shows about 10.6 something.. It seems it isnt good enough to start. Even Jumper battery based start doesnt work either.
I think due to all night charge the jumper battery drained too..
So i kept the jumper battery for recharge so i can jump start after few hrs.

* Checked the voltage in the trunk battery terminals (Key off) while wires are connected. Shows 10.6 v
* Checked in the front of the car (Key off) with +ve and ground .. Shows around 4V.

Do u think the battery is dead or dying ?? i got the battery 04/12 from walmart.
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:33 PM
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batteries toast ,if you where charging it and let it sit all night. did you measure volt while the charger was connected should be around 14v.
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:54 PM
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12.6v or more =fully charged
12.4v 75% charged
12.2v 50% charged
12v 25% charged
11.7% fully discharged
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:55 PM
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if thats the pic you took of your cluster ,your alt is good and your battery would be bad.
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:53 PM
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haha.. thats not my pic....

Anyways good news.. is that the battery is dead.. so got a new replacement battery from Walmart free of charge as it is under 3 yrs and qualifies free replacement.
The old battery installed 04/12 and lasted barely 2 yrs.

Just installed the new battery and cranked.. it up.. started like a charm..
Measured the voltage before installation.. and it shows 12.7v fully charged. the Maxx H1 94R battery CCV 790

One thing i noticed all the memory settings all gone...
I need to reset the Key programming, Garage door synch up again.. the mileage is calibrating... etc

Hopefully there are no issues of battery drain etc., will see tomorrow if it is alright. So far so good.

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Old 02-12-2014, 05:32 PM
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hope all goes well . can you tell me what battery you got from walmart was it something like this one but smaller http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/everstar.../6000029245304
thats the battery I`m thinking of getting before next winter, it has 3 yrs over the counter replacement warranty 108 months manufacture warranty and the cca is 900 thats what it says right on the battery when I went to look at it at walmart.
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:57 PM
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heres alink how to do an amp draw test to see if theres a draw on the batt.

I would wait about 16 min before doing the test to make sure everything (modules) are gone to sleep.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:05 PM
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hope all goes well . can you tell me what battery you got from walmart was it something like this one but smaller http://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/everstar.../6000029245304
thats the battery I`m thinking of getting before next winter, it has 3 yrs over the counter replacement warranty 108 months manufacture warranty and the cca is 900 thats what it says right on the battery when I went to look at it at walmart.
the one i got is H7 that fits X5 2005 3.0l and the one u sent in link is H8 for later BMW models.

Based on how long this battery lasted.. i might suggest you to compare other brands as well.
If you have costco, try that.. Costco in the US doesn't carry BMW batteries.. Canada might. Dealer batteries are literally stealing marked 2-3 times more.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:06 PM
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heres alink how to do an amp draw test to see if theres a draw on the batt.

I would wait about 16 min before doing the test to make sure everything (modules) are gone to sleep.
Thanks for the link.. I just watched this Eric's video an hr ago.. and was thinking to do if i have time tomorrow.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:10 PM
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I know you used to be able to get 5yrs out of a battery . I got the h8 off this forum and the guys can use it in the 3.0i as you can use it in the v8 sprots models they said there is room for it. I like going over kill on batt, go big or go home
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:10 PM
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I did a lot of DIY job on the X5, mostly mechanical work, but not the electrical stuff. Learning that too now.
Now trying to find out the "Check side lights" issue warning.. can't figure out where the problem is... All bulbs and signals are working fine.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:11 PM
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hey if your x5 starts tomorow no probs you should be fine. the other battery could of been defective or is .
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:13 PM
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I did a lot of DIY job on the X5, mostly mechanical work, but not the electrical stuff. Learning that too now.
Now trying to find out the "Check side lights" issue warning.. can't figure out where the problem is... All bulbs and signals are working fine.
are you talking about the indicator on the cluster that shows when your rear bulb is no good?
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:16 PM
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the one i got is H7 that fits X5 2005 3.0l and the one u sent in link is H8 for later BMW models.

Based on how long this battery lasted.. i might suggest you to compare other brands as well.
If you have costco, try that.. Costco in the US doesn't carry BMW batteries.. Canada might. Dealer batteries are literally stealing marked 2-3 times more.
the everstart battery is made by well known good quality manufactures ( Exide. Johnson Controls)
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:20 PM
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I deal with alot of 12v gel batteries for power chairs and scooters and Ive seen the same brand battery last less than a year and fail and then others will last over 6 yrs and the gel type battery average life is about 2yrs . so sometimes you just get a defective battery unfortunately , your replacement battery could last 10 yrs you never know .
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:31 PM
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are you talking about the indicator on the cluster that shows when your rear bulb is no good?
yes on the cluster warning mesg.. "check side lights".. no clue is given which one or where it is ..

Verified all bulbs sides back indicators.. all are fine nothing burnt out.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:33 PM
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I deal with alot of 12v gel batteries for power chairs and scooters and Ive seen the same brand battery last less than a year and fail and then others will last over 6 yrs and the gel type battery average life is about 2yrs . so sometimes you just get a defective battery unfortunately , your replacement battery could last 10 yrs you never know .
Absolutely.... true. I did some research before i got the Everstart battery. Hope this new battery lasts long.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:44 PM
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yes on the cluster warning mesg.. "check side lights".. no clue is given which one or where it is ..

Verified all bulbs sides back indicators.. all are fine nothing burnt out.
does it stay on all the time or does it go out once in awhile?
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:29 PM
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does it stay on all the time or does it go out once in awhile?
stays on..

Also the Key sync wasn't successful.. may be i am doing wrong
the instructions were..
lock all the doors and then press the unlock button and then 3 times the bmw logo button should sync the key with the car.. is that right or something else i need to do.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:40 PM
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Key initialization process :

Followed the steps and still doesnt initialize
Initializing Key
This applies for all BMW's

1. Get in the car and close all the doors.
2. For key : Insert the key into ignition and turn to pos 1.
- For fob: insert fob in to slot and press start button without pressing the breake
3. Remove the key / fob and press the UNLOCK button.
4. While holding the button, press the LOCK button 3 times in succession within 10 seconds.
5. Release both buttons.

The locks will lock and unlock themselves signaling that you have successfully initialized the key.

If the locks did not activate, the key didn't initialize and you need to start over from the beginning.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:22 AM
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Updated Status : The car sat overnight and started in the morning with out any issues... All good..

I still can't sync/initialize the Key.. huh followed the above directions... Any ideas ??
The same key worked before.....

The Key initialized.. all i did was to run the car for about 20 miles before i reinitialized.. My suspicion is .. the Key battery might be low and needed recharge before initializing..

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Old 02-13-2014, 04:16 PM
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Updated Status : The car sat overnight and started in the morning with out any issues... All good..

I still can't sync/initialize the Key.. huh followed the above directions... Any ideas ??
The same key worked before.....

The Key initialized.. all i did was to run the car for about 20 miles before i reinitialized.. My suspicion is .. the Key battery might be low and needed recharge before initializing..
so your key fobs are working now?
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:02 PM
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so your key fobs are working now?
yes the key fob works now.. Still trying to fig out the check side lights issue.
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