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I disconnected the negative battery cable to change the cluster gears in my automatic 1990 bmw 325i sedan. Once I was done with the work, I reconnected the battery, but when I go to start the car it won't start. It clicks and the dash lights up, with the radio saying to enter CODE, then I pulled key out and hazard lights starts to blink for maybe 30secs and shuts off, and no alarm sounds go off. When I saw the CODE on the radio, I entered the 5 digit code and radio works displaying the station, but car still wont start. I've Googled and searched just about as many bmw forums I can find, but it was mostly for E34s saying to disconnect negative for 5 minutes & try to start again, but that didn't work. Then I saw to connect battery (which I left disconnected overnight since it got late), put key in position 1 and wait for clock countdown. Clock never counted down on my radio, just says CODE, which I put in the 5digit radio code again, car still won't start. It's a 6mo old battery and was working perfectly fine until I disconnected it. Anyone have any ideas?
 

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Second time I disconnected it was more than an hour, I left it disconnected overnight. Tried to start it in the morning, but dash lights up, no start, took key out of ignition, hazards came on for a very short while and then turned off.
 

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Battery is connected well? Is the battery fully charged? I would double check your connections and then maybe throw a set of jumpers on it if it doesn't start.
 

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So my buddy helped me diagnose the problem. I mistakenly triggered the kill switch located under the steering wheel when putting back kickplate after doing my work with my cluster. So relieved it was as simple as that. I attached a photo in case this happens to anyone else.
 

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D'oh, You Kids!
1984 633CSi, 1985 635CSi, 1985 325e, 1987 325is, 1993 325is, 1995 318is, 1995 M3, 2003 F150
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Yeah, you do realize that's not OEM, right? Some aftermarket system.
 

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I guess back in the day that location was popular for aftermarket alarm switches. My '87 had a really small anti-theft button there as well. I found out the hard way.
 

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Why do you think you have one? :dunno:
 
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