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Old 04-11-2020, 09:49 AM
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1998 M3 wont start

I have not use my 98 M3 for a couple of months or so. I was able to start it about a week ago. Now suddenly it wont start I could hear clicking sound that's it. Charge battery thinking maybe battery is low then start it just clicking sound even when I jumper it with my other car. Anybody has suggestion to fix my 98 M3 problem. Appreciate all the help Bimmerologist out there.
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Old 04-11-2020, 11:03 AM
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Sounds like battery is dead.
Did you check the electrolyte level before attempting to charge? Add distilled water to bring the level up in each of the six cells, as required, then charge fully on a low setting.

It may be time to replace the battery.


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Old 04-11-2020, 07:53 PM
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BMw 98 M3 won't start

I did check battery. Just bought battery 2018 and battery indicator is green and like I said I try to jumper it with my other car it still won,t start just clicking sound. Thank you for for your time appreciate it .
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Old 04-11-2020, 09:14 PM
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Then there can be connection issues and the starter could be bad. How many miles? Lot of short trips or regular long commutes?


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Old 04-11-2020, 09:28 PM
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Still sounds like batt is discharged.
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Old 04-12-2020, 07:53 AM
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Have you tried to jump the car via the engine jumper block or are you trying via the battery itself? You might want to load test your battery?
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Old 04-12-2020, 02:39 PM
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I jumper car to battery it didn't work. Push start car it runs right away. Let it run for awhile then turn off engine then try to restart it but same result the car wont start it just clicking sound. Push start again and park it inside garage to prep it for starter replacement. Thank you for the suggestions guys. Appreciate it very much.
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Old 04-14-2020, 04:47 PM
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Yup starter.
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