E91 330d starting fault

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E91 330d starting fault

Post by BMWCharlie » 15 Apr 2018, 18:13

Hi guys,

I'm looking to see if anyone has any ideas.

I drove home yesterday afternoon, and the car drove absolutely fine. Parked on the drive and left it over night. I washed the car today, went to move it off the drive, and now it won't start.
It is totally dead. It locks and unlocks on the remote key, put the key in the slot, press the start switch, and nothing happens.

I had a similar issue about 18 months ago, and it was the starter motor, so this was replaced, and the car has done about 15k miles since then. When the starter motor failed, pressing the start button, it would give a clicking sound. Its not doing it this time, so I'm thinking its probably not the starter motor.

It doesn't seem to be the battery, as everything seems to operate ok, and the starter motor would at least attempt to start the car. I did try jump starting it, but it made no difference.

My thinking is possibly the start switch on the dash. Has anyone else had issues with this switch?

As I have said, everything works, central locking, electric Windows, lights, etc, with the exception of the heater control panel. But I can't remember if this would work, unless the ignition was at a certain stage in the process of starting the car, or weather it should work, with just the key in the slot.

If anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them.

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Re: E91 330d starting fault

Post by cockneyrebel » 15 Apr 2018, 18:51

Hi, what body shape is she.?
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Re: E91 330d starting fault

Post by BMWCharlie » 15 Apr 2018, 18:52

It's an E91 Touring.

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Re: E91 330d starting fault

Post by cockneyrebel » 15 Apr 2018, 18:55

BMWCharlie wrote:
15 Apr 2018, 18:52
It's an E91 Touring.
Ah, nuts.. I was thinking water ingress in the boot, have you checked fuses in case waters got in somewhere else.
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Re: E91 330d starting fault

Post by BMWCharlie » 15 Apr 2018, 19:57

Ok, I've had a look at the area where the battery is located, and everything appears to be dry.

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Re: E91 330d starting fault

Post by M60NJP » 15 Apr 2018, 20:20

I 'd disconnect the battery (-ve)for 30 mins, reconnect and see what happens. If nothing, ,I'd be thinking as per your diagnosis......although I've not heard of the button failing......

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Re: E91 330d starting fault

Post by BMWCharlie » 17 Apr 2018, 19:43

Thank you guys for your suggestions.

It turned out it was the battery after all. So I've fitted a new battery and all is well again.

All the signs were pointing to a number of different faults, as the car didn't even attempt to start. Normally it would turn over a few times and then die.
Everything else seemed to work fine, which also made me think it wasn't the battery.

When I spoke to my local BMW Specialist, and told him what was happening, his immediate thought was an immobiliser fault, with the car not recognizing the key.

I called out a recovery company to recover the car to my BMW Specialist. They came out and put a heavy duty jump pack on it, and it started. This was great news, as an easy, and relatively cheap fix, but at the same time rather frustrating, as I had already tried jump starting the car but to no avail.

At least it's all sorted now, and the car is mobile once more.

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Re: E91 330d starting fault

Post by M60NJP » 18 Apr 2018, 07:17

Pleased to hear it was a simple fix in the end............

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