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Starter turns over but does not engage - 1997 BMW Z3 Roadster

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You probably need another starter , also check for ground conection to the starter, a bad graund can make the starter not engage

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One of 2 things. The part on the end of the starter called a bendix is bad (most likely and less expensive) or the ring gear that the bendix engages is bad. (less likely MORE expensive). If you are comfortable with the work try locating a starter locally and replace it yourself.

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    william troy Sep 08, 2012

    I am also having this problem, replaced the starter, still no cahange... Had both starters test, and they both test good.. flywheel is in great shape... Im stumped any help?

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    Scott Williams Aug 09, 2014

    It may be your fuel pump or fuel pump relay switch. The issue, as it happened to me for my 1997 Z3. 2.8L engine; was driving down the road, then just lost power. Upon retart the engine/battery has plenty of power, but will not turn over. Plenty of gas and all fuses look good. I'm told it's the fuel pump or fuel pump relay switch. You may have a similar issue.

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