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Battery warning light flashes on and car shudders

BMW 318i ES Auto (2003). After initial start (and approx 4 mile run) the Battery warning light flashes on and car shudders, but continues to run. It will do this a few times then it?s okay for the rest of the day/journey. Any ideas?

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  • ro2mitchell May 27, 2009

    Hi, Thanx for reply. All pullies & tensions seem fine and no squealing noises! Please also note that a new alternator & throttlencks were fitted by BMW, 10 months ago.

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    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    i would check to see that all the pullies and the belt tensioner in particular are not seizing up. do you hear any squealing noise at all ?

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    auto tansimmision light showing car will not start. leave for a while car starts but seems to be in limp home mode

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Have alternator checked

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