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98 BMW 528i no start?

I have a 1998 528i got it home today. My son listened to the radio some now the car won't start or even click when the key is turned?

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  • hortontymes4 Apr 21, 2010

    done tryed that one

  • hortontymes4 Apr 21, 2010

    yes

  • hortontymes4 Apr 21, 2010

    anything else I should try?

  • hortontymes4 Apr 21, 2010

    anything else I should try?

  • hortontymes4 Apr 21, 2010

    lights were bright connections looked fine. I unhooked the battery before i came to work going to check it when i get home.

  • hortontymes4 Apr 21, 2010

    i've got one more question for you. does the ignition switch when turned backwards, will it keep turning around?

  • hortontymes4 Apr 21, 2010

    yes lights come on but i have to keep it turned for dash lights to come on

  • Zaraki May 11, 2010

    No, it is not supposed to keep turning, when you turn on your ignition do the dash lights come on? If they do not come on then it is going to be either the ignition switch, the ignition tumbler is messed up at the actuator, or the actuator between the switch and tumbler is broken.

  • Zaraki May 11, 2010

    If the battery connections are good where they actually connect, then it will take a little more diagnosis to figure it out, but it sounds like it is going to be the starter or the ignition switch.

  • Zaraki May 11, 2010

    Can you dis-connect the battery and see if the battery connections are clean and shiny, and that they are not dull or corroded. If they are corroded or oxidized you will be able to get enough voltage to run the lights just fine, but not enough amperage to run a starter motor, and I have seen people try and jump start their vehicles for for a long time without any success because no matter how much amperage you can build up it still will not get through the corrosion. Do the lights work, and are they bright?

  • Zaraki May 11, 2010

    Is the gear selector all the way up into park?

  • Zaraki May 11, 2010

    Will it start with a jump start? if it does then replace the battery.

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The turn signals on my 1998 BMW 528i are working intermittently, i.e., they will work for a day or two then stop working for another day or two. The same for the dashboard lights and occasionally the emergency flasher will have the same experience.
Today the repair shop replaced the ignition switch and the turn signals still will not function. It is extremely hot here in North Carolina, heat index over 105 degrees - don't know if that would play any role...

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Yes, after what you said about having to keep the key turned to keep the dash lights on, it is either the ignition switch itself, the tumbler is messed up at the actuator and not turning it all the way, or the actuator between the switch and the tumbler is broken.

I have seen this a lot on BMW's and I have one apart right now for the same thing. It will need to be dis-assembled to find which part(s) are actually broken.

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Your battery is drained, you need to charge or change your battery.

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  • jose cardano Apr 21, 2010

    pls. try this, switch your ignition to on position but dont crank the engine, try switching on the windshield wiper and or the horn and see if it works and if not your car must be having a problem with ignition key cylinder, it wont start because it does not give electrical contact to your starter motor. hope this helps and kindly let me know.

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My bmw 528 i 1998 wont start jus a click i change switch and battery wat else u think i shoud do

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