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318i bmw e30

Hi have a problem when i start my bmw an then tuurn it off like normal the speedo an taco an the ecomie gauge flicker up after shut down. it only flick once thou. what the issue with that??? bad earth behind speedo dash?? i replace the battery main earth lead

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    1991 bmw series 3 (e30) notably a 318 I with ignition problem. Notably, turn of key in ignition will result in all electrical turning on, starter is engaging but fails to turn over.

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Probably the alternator but I'd check it to be sure first. Many auto parts stores will check you whole charging system for free so call around.

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