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1992 BMW 320I starting issues

A couple weeks ago i came out and started my car with no problem. It ran for about 15 mins with no issues. I turned it off and tried to restart the car immediately all i could hear was the starter making a whining noise. I tried giving it a couple of bangs, but no good, it was still just making the noise.

Yesterday i purchased a new starter and installed it over a two day process. Tried to start the car and nothing, the only sound i could hear was the starter turning. I tried to start the car over and over again, at one point although i dis-engaged the key the starter was still turning. Any ideas? Could this be a ignition issue?

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  • aedwards0909 May 09, 2009

    Thanks for your advice



    Would you know where i can get a wiring diagram for the starter? I do believe i wired it correctly. Would wiring the starter up incorrectly cause this issue with the starter running even though the key is not in the ignition?

  • aedwards0909 May 09, 2009

    Just the two wires, not including the postive and negitive cable.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    possibly...how many small wires attach to the solenoid? How many terminals on same?

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Don't know that particular car all that well but I'd check to see if there is a separate relay for the starter. likely it's failed...Also, be sure you have the starter trigger wire connected to the correct place.

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It is possible that you have the two small wires reversed or one is touching battery lead connection.

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