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On turning the ignition key the engine just clicks and doesnt fire! dash lights are on as normal

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You have a problem with immobiliser. Try to change battery in the key. If that doesnt help, you need to go to the car electrics or better to qualified BMW car service. The will hawe equipment to reprogram your immobiliser.

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Your car battery is low on charge or not connected properly.

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Could be as simple as a corroded post(s) on your battery. It would get enough current thru to light the dash, but not enough to engage the solenoid of the starter. Try cleaning the connections with a wire brush and then re-installing, making sure the connections are snug.

If it still acts up, see if you can jump it and take it to a auto parts store for a battery check. Most will provide this service for free.

If the battery checks out OK, you likely have a bad solenoid on the starter.

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2011

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