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Old 08-29-2015, 09:19 PM
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Mein Auto: 00 BMW 528i
Red face 2001 X5 3.0 How do I replace the starter ?

I'm looking everywhere and can't find a vid . Do I take off the intake manifold or can I go underneath the car ? Starter keeps clicking , but won't turn over . Any help would be great
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Old 08-30-2015, 10:18 AM
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We don't have a lot of details to go on...but "clicking" sometimes means its just a simple depleted battery. Have you charged your battery or checked it's voltage? If the battery is below 11.5 volts...the interior lights and other electronics will still work...but may not be enough juice to start the vehicle.

If the cluster is unlocked...you can do TEST 9 (with ignition in position 1) to see what the batteryvoltage is...or use a multimeter if you have one. If the battery is low & you don't have a battery charger...but you do have jumper cables...hook up to aother running vehicle to the jump start terinals in the engine bay...let the battery charge for a good 5 minutes (or if you open TEST 9 or use your multimeter)..try startig the vehicle once te battery voltage gets above 11.89 volts
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Old 08-30-2015, 01:46 PM
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You have to access the starter motor from underneath. Apparently it's a PITA job (not done it myself but read as much). Extension bar and appropriate torx bits required. Before attempting this though, I encourage you to take heed of what Q has said, and check your charge system / battery to ensure you have sufficient power to engage solenoid of starter, as this may be the problem. Sometimes the solenoid simply sticks and can be 'remedied' by a solid whack with a hammer or blunt instrument. Also check for good electrical connections to the starter (any corrosion?). More often though, it's a case of worn terminals/brushes. Not sure if the BMW starter is a serviceable item or not. I just finished 'repairing' the Nippon Denso starter in my tractor, by simply replacing the copper terminals on the solenoid, fitting new 'brushes' and cleaning/repacking the bearings. Cost me $45 and about 1 hour of my time as opposed to the quoted $450 for an exchange item...
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