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Old 05-25-2017, 03:01 PM
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1997 528i Replaced starter now battery light is on.

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I was quoted over $900 to replace the starter in my 1997 528i so my son and I decided to tackle the problem ourselves. We were able to pull out and put in the new (used) starter with only have to remove the air box. After getting the new starter in my car it starts fine now but the battery light is on and it appears the battery isn't being charged. Last summer I replaced the alternator (used) and put in a brand new battery. Does anyone have an idea of what would cause this and what I need to do to fix this problem?

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Old 05-25-2017, 04:02 PM
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The Battery light indicates that the alternator is not putting out a charge. Having been used, it's suspect.

Remove it, and have it tested at your local auto parts store.
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did you happen to knock any connection off the back of the alternator or loosen whilst changing the starter?
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Thank you for the responses! While I had the car running I pulled the negative off of the battery and than the car died. What my concern than becomes is if the alternator worked fine before putting a different starter in what caused it to quit working? I don't see any loose connections and of course if all else fails I'll have the alternator tested but it just seems odd for that to happen just because I replaced a starter.
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Thank you for the responses! While I had the car running I pulled the negative off of the battery ( ) and than the car died. What my concern than becomes is if the alternator worked fine before putting a different starter in what caused it to quit working? I don't see any loose connections and of course if all else fails I'll have the alternator tested but it just seems odd for that to happen just because I replaced a starter.
Please don't do this...you can mess up more than help by pulling the battery's negative cable on a modern vehicle when it's running. Back in the 60s & 70s...you could do this to test an alternator...but NOT on modern cars. You could seriously damage multiple control modules.

The warning from the owners manual (below)...is just that...a WARNING. It's not a suggestion or recommendation to do or not do at your discretion. Again, you can damage control modules removing the negative battery cable when the engine is running:

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- Make sure all cables are secured in the trunk connections.
- Go to local store and have the alternator tested.

- If you find out the alt is bad, do NOT buy the junk at local store, google Bosch AL0703N for aboput $220 "N" is new), do NOT buy AL0703X.
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Replaced alternator, battery light is still on.
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Check all cables to the starter and alternator and battery. If you have a multimeter test voltage at the battery with the car running and it shut off. If possible try to test directly from the slternator
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.... if the alternator worked fine before putting a different starter in what caused it to quit working? I don't see any loose connections and of course if all else fails I'll have the alternator tested but it just seems odd for that to happen just because I replaced a starter.
Look harder under the intake manifold because you likely forgot a cable connection somewhere during reassembly. My guess is the large positive lead from the starter to the alternator.... If it's not there, it's hiding from you.
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Hi everyone!
I was quoted over $900 to replace the starter in my 1997 528i so my son and I decided to tackle the problem ourselves. We were able to pull out and put in the new (used) starter with only have to remove the air box. After getting the new starter in my car it starts fine now but the battery light is on and it appears the battery isn't being charged. Last summer I replaced the alternator (used) and put in a brand new battery. Does anyone have an idea of what would cause this and what I need to do to fix this problem?

Thanks!
Beth
Beth, did you solve this issue. I have the same problem with the battery light staying on.

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