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E36 320 wont start

320 wont start. eng check light is on. fuel and temp gauge dont move, solinoid on starter wont even click in. dash computer says ''check controle intact'' please help my wife in very unhappy that her car wont go...
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  • Joe Hidden May 11, 2010

    Lot of possible causes.



    check this:



    1. check battery power.

    2. Check Ground of starter

    3. check main power of starter (big cable screw at starter, should be constantly 12V)

    4. check signal line of starter (small cable to starter, should be 12V when trying to start)





    if 1-4 ok then solenoid broken. replace

    if 1-3 not ok, fix this first

    if no Signal at line when trying ro start, check fuses, check relays, check lock.

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