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I lived in Alaska for over 30 years, where a bad battery can mean the difference between life and death. Now I live in Florida, where the summer heat is just as bad for batteries, and while it may not be life and death here, it can be a major annoyance. If I am in doubt about a battery, I just replace it with the best battery I can find. If I still have a problem, I will attempt to troubleshoot it, and if that is beyond my ability, I will have a professional do it.

Bad batteries can cause a whole array of electrical parts to fail, particularly when the vehicle is being started. Much like bad tires, if you have a bad battery, your car is an unreliable hunk of junk until you replace the battery. Just my opinion, mind you, but it is one based on experience. You REALLY need to rule out the battery.
Wow from Alaska to Florida. Big change!...good for u
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Um, yeah, I am sort of about extreme.
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Fixed the wire, still didn’t start(you told me so 😂&#x1f606 Wouldn’t even crank.
I didn’t hear my starter click.
Anyone else think the used starter I got went bad from sitting for over a month? When I got it from the salvage yard the first one they sold me was a dud, took it back and they said they tested it and it was good.
I’m gonna get down there and tap on it today, if that still dosent help I’m just taking it back out and getting it tested and buy a new one.
The only time it’s started the last two months was 12/30/18 when we jumped the battery, hasn’t started since
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Any auto parts store will test a starter for you.

Are you sure the solenoid isn't bad?
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I am not sure as I got it from a salvage yard and they first one they sold me was a dud, who’s to say the second one isint.
It’s only taken me so long because, Ohio weather with a car that’s outside and no where else to work on it.

If the solenoid is bad that will show up on the test right? (Maybe a stupid question but I don’t know a lot about cars) I know that the solenoid is technically a different part then the starter, but would be pointless to replace the solenoid and more practical to replace the whole starter.
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I am not sure as I got it from a salvage yard and they first one they sold me was a dud, whoís to say the second one isint.
Itís only taken me so long because, Ohio weather with a car thatís outside and no where else to work on it.

If the solenoid is bad that will show up on the test right? (Maybe a stupid question but I donít know a lot about cars) I know that the solenoid is technically a different part then the starter, but would be pointless to replace the solenoid and more practical to replace the whole starter.
I may have missed it, but are you getting power at the solenoid when the key is in the crank position? Also, a new starter on Rockauto is like $68 bucks plus shipping.

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Before I picked up the relay my buddy said he wiggles a cluster of wires that are in between my engine and radiator and my car fired right up. Drove it about for a while, pulled back in the drive and turned it off. Went to turn it on and nothing. A few seconds later it fired right back up.
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Went to start her this morning and got one loud click and that was it. Faulty wiring is the issue here. As to how to fix it is besides me. Other then using some electrical tape and callin it a day
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I would trace all your wires and clean all ground connections. The 1st gen M3 has a TSB about a wire that goes to the starter. The TSB tells the tech to sandpaper the spade connector piece and wire in a new "cord short" in place of it. Doesn't always fix the problem but you are definitely on the right track of wiring issue. I have an 08 hatch and it just did that to me. All lights came on, a jump wouldn't start it and I tapped the starter and wahla. Or - I bumped one of the bad wires down there and it started. No problems since. I only have 98K on mine and it shouldn't be a bad starter at that mileage. It's also been cold as hell, mag water on the road where I live so a multitude of things could apply here. When it warms up I am going to take the starter out and clean up all connections for now.
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Anyone have the starter wiring diagram
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