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1985 BMW 325e will not start

When I turn the key in the ignition, I hear a loud clicking sound coming from the vacinity of the driver's side engine compartment. Listening, it sounds as though it is eminating from beneath the brake master cylinder. It has always been sluggish in cold weather. Apart from the clicking sound, there is nothing else to note except that the engine doesn't start. Any suggestions would be gratefully accepted.

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  • rcaf_arrow Nov 11, 2008

    Hi Loringh:

    Thanks for the suggestion. I had a problem two weeks ago where the car wouldn't start. I assumed the battery was dead and boosted it and it eventually started. I ran it for the day and put it back into storage until today. I had assumed at that time it was the battery, but you've given me pause to think otherwise. I will try as you suggested and let you know if that works.

    Thanks again - Steve



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Rcaf arrow: The clicking sound id probably your starter solenoid. Tis solenoid is actually a relay that connects your starter to the battery so the starter can turn the engine over to get it started.
Try knocking the starter with a hammer, (not real hard, just kinda medium) and see if that makes a difference  I suspect your starter is going bad.
Any indication of prior problems with starting?????

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