BMW Electrical Problems: How to Solve Them Easy!

Updated on December 23, 2016

Stop Worrying, Anything Can Be Fixed!

Having car problems can be very stressful. Newer cars have increased comfort by incorporating more and more electrical parts (motors, wires...you name it). These parts of course will fail in time and it could seem like the end of the world but don`t worry, it`s not!

First things to check:

Most electrical problems can be easily fixed by checking the following:

  • The fuse box
  • The wiring in the the trunk that is attached to the battery

BMW Fuse Box Location

Most BMWs have the fuse box located in the glove box compartment. Older BMWs have it in the trunk near the battery so check out both these locations.

Check for bad fuses by taking them out one by one

A bad fuse is most of the time the cause of electrical problems so start with this step before taking your car apart trying to find the bad wire or contact.

BMW won`t start electrical problem FIX

Have your car`s battery tested

A discharged battery won`t let you start your car in cold weather, a very discharged battery won`t let you start your car even in warm weather.

Battery Voltage and State of Charge:

12.66v . . . . . . . . . . 100%
12.45v . . . . . . . . . . 75%
12.24v . . . . . . . . . . 50%
12.06v . . . . . . . . . . 25%
11.89v . . . . . . . . . . 0%

Many shops will test your car`s battery for free. Please keep in mind that a discharged battery doesn`t need replacing most of the time. The problem is with short trips in the city traffic you alternator won`t be able to charge your battery enough and it`s just a matter of time until it starts making problems.

BMW Steering Wheel Lock (ELV)

The "steering wheel lock" error pops up when the battery is low and usually in cold weather. The bad thing is that after this error pops up you will have a limited number of times to start your car after which the Start button will be useless. It`s not a problem with the steering wheel column, but due to the fact that the mechanism didn`t go all the way back (low battery) it will store that error which cannot be reset from the dashboard.

FIX: Get yourself a BMW K+DCAN cable and diagnostic software to reset your ELV lock.

The software suite and many more info on coding your BMW can be found online.


By running that simple job your car will be fixed!

You will have your own diagnostic and coding tools to work with and you won`t have to pay a dime at the stealership!

UPDATES:

If you run into any electrical problems you can leave a comment and I will gladly help you and add the problem to the list so that other people can learn how to fix them. If you like to DIY you can save a lot of money and most BMW problems can be fixed easily with the right tools and software.

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      mohsin rahim 

      12 hours ago

      e39 auto gear in first,wont change and in reverse nothing happens just the engine reves car loss of power as it is in idele mode please can you help

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      emillio 

      25 hours ago

      I have a bmw 323i e90 that wont start. The headlights when switched on are on full bright and not dimmed at all and batter seems to have enough power.vit just clicks when I try to start but does not kick. everything seems to be working fine though. tried jumpstarting I but no luck also, whatcould be he problem???

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      Blake Gash 

      47 hours ago

      I have A BMW 328I 2011 my headlights my doors and windows will not work blinkers my car keeps going dead every morning do I need a new battery to start off with or what could you help me out please thanks

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      Williamleescott 

      2 days ago

      I have a 2001 BMW 330ic or c not sure. I was pushing the seat forward and it went up pretty close to the steering wheel. I tried to make it go backwards but now it won't do it. I bought a side panel to replace the old one but when I hooked it up it was still did not solve the problem. I can't get a good good copy of a fuse schematics for this car to check the fuses. Could it be something more besides the fuses or maybe I have a wire that got pulled out that I can't see. Please let me know if you can help me with this. Thanks

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      Jay 

      2 days ago

      Experiencing electrical problems, codes are jumping from one sensor to the next, replaced VC code jumps into mass air flow which is new//then back too electric air pump//could this be a faulty ground in the wire harness?

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      Damien 

      2 days ago

      Hello

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      Hein stiglingh 

      2 days ago

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      Emy 

      3 days ago

      My BMW 7series 2005 model is giving me problems.

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      Kian Gosling 

      4 days ago

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      Sue B 

      4 days ago

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      9 days ago

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      Toan vo 

      9 days ago

      Thk you Really appreciate it .

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      Marcosrod 

      9 days ago

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      Que Raynor 

      10 days ago

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      Mike beeson 

      10 days ago

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      Tom Regalado 

      11 days ago

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      mo 

      12 days ago

      Bmw f10 no power but engine fires up

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      Bill 

      13 days ago

      The outside lights in a 2002 BMW 530i sometimes go off and on for not apparent reason. I just go and open the car with the key and then it is fine. It worries me, though.

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      f10 2010 

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      Catherine 

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      dls123 

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      Jordan 

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      Curt Reulecke 

      3 weeks ago

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      BMW X5 2004 owner 

      3 weeks ago

      My lights randomly flicker when the car is off. I have a BMW X5 2004 the battery is now dead. Do you know how to fix this?

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      Bmw owner 

      3 weeks ago

      My headlights randomly blink when the car is off. Now my battery is dead can you help?

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      Edmund Mohaule 

      4 weeks ago

      While iam driving my car would just cut off while iam driving and go back on again as if does a change down on gears and then a light of drive moderately comes on the dash this stresses me out cause i dont know if it could cause a major damage

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      Patrick 

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      4 weeks ago

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      I replaced a new windows main switch bmw e-90 2019

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      StormTrooper 

      4 weeks ago

      I think I have a ground wire problem on my 2013 BMW X5.

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      Charles hance 

      4 weeks ago

      2006 bmw 325i can roll off but want start by pushing the start button .power distribution box was burned up and changed it out and changed bst cable but car was doing this before we changed those things help please

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      Connor 

      5 weeks ago

      Could it’s be the light control module ? Where would I find it

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      Connor 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi need serious help my 1 series 54 plate is having major electrical issues, full beam randomly comes on indicator stalk works intermittently reverse lights are constantly on can anyone advise please

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      needanswers8519 

      5 weeks ago

      If I left window down, not entirely, but water/rain got into car. My husbands car, I feel so bad. His 2008 BMW. Now the dash lights wont turn on. Have no idea how fast or how much gas it has. They turned on when he first started the car and that's that. They never came back on. He says it's the rain, shorted it out. Is that possible? Or can it just please be a FUSE! Please need some answers or suggestions. Not alot of people know anything about BMW's. So hard to work on. Hope it's a simple inexpensive fix.

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      BIGCARTMEN1 

      5 weeks ago

      OK I HAVE SOME MAJOR PROBLEMS GOING ON I HOPE SOMEONE CAN PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!!! I HAVE A 2005 BMW Z4. WELL THIS PAST SUNDAY I WENT TO PUT THE TOP DOWN AND IT WOULDN'T GO DOWN THE LIGHT THAT TELLS U THAT IT'S READY TO GO DOWN OR UP WON'T EVEN LIGHT UP AND I'VE CHECKED THE FUSES IT'S NOT THEM. WELL I'M DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD AND MY A.C. ONLY BLOWS OUT HOT AIR, MY DASH LIGHTS WON'T WORK I.E. TURN SIGNAL LIGHTS, HIGH BEAM, FOG LIGHTS ETC. WON'T SHOW UP ON MY DASH. I HAVE TO TURN ON MY HIGH BEAM AND THEN TURN ON MY HEAD LIGHTS FOR THEM TO WORK. MY RADIO SAYS DISABLED AND I'M SURE THAT'S BC I UNPLUGGED THE BATTERY TO SEE IF I COULD RESET SOMETHING WELL NOW MY WINDOWS WON'T ROLL UP. I'M DISABLED AND CAN'T AFFORD TO TAKE IT ANYWHERE TO BE FIXED DOES ANYONE HAVE A CLUE AS TO WHAT COULD HAVE CAUSED ALL THESE PROBLEMS ALL OF A SUDDEN!?!??! ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY GREATLY GREATLY APPRECIATED AND U CAN DIRECTLY EMAIL ME AT B IG CART MEN 1 G MAIL CO M MAY GOD BLESS EVERYONE AND EVERYONE GET THEIR PROBLEMS FIXED AS WELL AS ME WITH OUR VEHICLES IN JESUS HOLY MIGHTY NAME I PRAY AMEN!!!!!

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      Rav singh 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi i have a bmw 1 series 116i.

      The dashboard keeps going off then will come back on by itself.Could you.Please help and,let me,know what the,problem is thank you

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      Emily 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi.

      I have a 1 series 116i. The dashboard screen has stopped working - turning on and off in a loop. Have you ever come across this before? What should I do?

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      Chris 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi.

      I have a 2010 E91 - 320i touring. I left it for 3 weeks and the battery was dead. I managed to jump start it but didn’t have time (work calling) to give it a good run to charge the battery. When I tried it again that evening it was dead again but now there was other issues. The fuse box was making a buzzing/clicking noise and the hazard warning button was glowing slightly on and off. Then the key fob got stuck in the slot and the display was totally dead - no life at all.

      I managed to get at the battery via the back seats as the tailgate was locked with no way to open it and I disconnected the negative terminal for an hour, as somebody suggested. No joy. I now have a car with absolutely no power and not responding to a jump start in any way.

      Any suggestions or should I call an auto electrician out to diagnose it?

      Thanks, in advance.

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      David Orme 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi all

      My am/fm radio wont work, there is no power at the on button. screen is working because GPS is good.

      Suggestions on where to start looking please....

      Also airbag light stays on .

      Was only on where passenger sat in seat now it stays on all the time

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      Scott wood 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi, I have a 2001 e46 convertible, when I press the button to unlock my car, the roof automatically comes down and opens up.

      Do you know what is causing this?

      It’s so frustrating!

      Could it be my driver door actuator? Because I cannot lock it by the key.

      Is there a common fault with the key/roof?

      Thanks.

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      Mel 

      6 weeks ago

      2014 330D Msport- RDC fault keeps popping up, resetting it it every time but every keeps coming back with same fault. What would be the possible fault?

      Another thing is the AC, driver’s side is sometimes cooler than the passenger’s and vice versa. What is the possible problem? AC has been checked and it’s all okay.

      Thanks

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      Carlos santana 

      6 weeks ago

      2005 bmw 760Li. Ac stopped working at once. Fuse is fine. My mechanic said there's no power going to the compressor nor the fan and sis the car lost communication with the ecu. Is he correct?

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      Vet 

      6 weeks ago

      I have a 03 530i.BMW that recently had a malfunction my gages went out my window power locked up and my car hesitate to drive what the hell? Still drives good

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      Tony 

      6 weeks ago

      BMW X3 electric park brake / auto hold inop. No light on control module: Fuses good

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      Chederick Van Staden 

      6 weeks ago

      I try to start my Bmw 320d e90 2005,but it won't start it shows the yellow triangle with the circle around it and the service sign,please help

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      Fitzgerald Stuart 

      6 weeks ago

      I've had to charge my car battery every morning,so I bought a new battery still same problem. I then install a new alternator still having to get battery charge. 2008 bmw528i e60

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      RITHKH 

      7 weeks ago

      Hello, I have a problem with my e87 120i, the button start stop engine stay lit even the car is in standby mode and battery drain, if I left the car 2days without driving, the battery will discharge to 4volts, is the problem should cause by CAS module ?

      thank

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      alice 

      7 weeks ago

      528 xdrive bmw 140010 code

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      Colin 

      7 weeks ago

      Can I just replace my power distribution center on top of my battery instead of the whole battery? The distribution center is fried but the battery looks perfect and all wires do as well

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      Steve 

      7 weeks ago

      I changed battery with new in my 2010 320d and now my indicators won’t work and headlights are permanently on. The screen is saying lighting systems failure but I can’t find the fuse for this. What could it possibly be?

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      TheMrsMouse 

      7 weeks ago

      My husband's 05 545i won't start. I drove it, to 4 local places, parked, and bam key warning light is on. No dash symbols, sometimes it dings, no lights, won't even pretend to start. Absolutely no communication to the car. The warning light is just a key. No slashes or exclamation marks.

      Had the Battery tested and they say it's good.

      What the heck?

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      Dennis Brown 

      8 weeks ago

      I have the dreaded “check control, see owner’s manual” with gong alert on my ‘93 e34 M5. I can’t see any bad wires, fuses are okay, I bought a newer check control module, no change. New battery within last 6 months. I’m going to check voltage next. Could it be the gong itself, CD player, or alarm system? I’m not getting any additional faults on the display and everything appears to work fine. I’ve also tried unhooking the battery for 30 minutes.

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      Jacqueline Hopper 

      2 months ago

      My dash board shows my driver door is open when its closed causing the internal light to come on and off when I'm driving and alarm go off when its locked. Any ideas how to fix it. I have sprayed white grease in it but itcdidnt work. How mych will it cost to fix it?

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      Anh Huy Truong 

      2 months ago

      Hi. I have a 2013 BMW F30 328i manual transmission. I replace my dead battery with a new one. Dashboard shows up a Steering Check Control says “Drive moderately. Increased steering effort required” message. The steering is very stiff; however, it is still managable to drive around. There are few comments that have the same issue.

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      Emily 

      2 months ago

      Hi I have a bmw 320 diesel convertible 2013. Power string light keeps popping up which makes the steering wheel.very stiff. Battery and alternator are fine. What can be the issue?

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      Omar 

      2 months ago

      Hello i have bmw seria 3 e92 coupe 325i and i have a problem that is not all the time when i am opening the car the car enters into a sleep mood lonley and start to make sound and becomes no electric at all in the car so i open it by the key and move the plus inside directly the electric returns in the car can someone help me what is the problem ! Thanks

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      Sunmatesandy 

      2 months ago

      My 2006 BMW 330 Ci Convertible with 74K miles was and is running perfectly. Went to go somewhere and when I started it the cluster gauges, roof controls and AC Cooling stopped working. The fuses in the glove box are good, the battery is 5 years old but tested good, the alternator and starter tested good. No codes or signals came though. We tried bypassing the battery using a jump box and that did not work. We tried a hard re-boot by disconnecting the battery cables, binding them together with electrical tape and leaving them over night and that did not work. Do you know if a common ground or something that these have in common that could be the problem? Any suggestions?

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      Adam 

      2 months ago

      I have a tricky one for sure... I have a 2000 Z3 with a 2.8L. The car pulls a P1747 and P0600 when it's hot outside. My tach drops to zero and my temp gauge pegs over into the red instantly when the key is turned on on a hot day, oh, and the car goes into limp mode. Now, on cool days, I have ridden the car hard... wagged the tail, mashed on the brakes from 60, I've tried getting the car to trip the codes. This hasn't worked though. If it's cool outside, the car is perfectly content no matter what I do to it. If I get into the car, engine cold, and start it up on a hot day (like today), the codes come out and the car goes into limp mode automatically. This is driving me nuts...

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      Jim Gatwood 

      2 months ago

      Hello. I have a 2008 335i E93. I went though a car wash today and shortly after I left the car seemed lost the dash ECM and kept telling me to pull over I liked the 2 miles back home let it set. I pulled the codes with my Carly it looked like the can bus lost communications. There was even a complaint that it lost communication with the fuse box. Any ideas about where I should look for leaks or ECU components getting wet. I popped the trunk and hood the battery was not wet nor could I find anything under the hood that looked wet.

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      Sabrina 

      2 months ago

      My 04 BMW 325i’s left and right turn signals are not working as well as the hazard button, I already checked and changed both turn signal bulbs... what could be wrong???

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      Badem 

      2 months ago

      BMW X5 SE 2008 E70

      Hi there I've been having issues with my car where the computer screen won't turn on. I can hear the computer running but no visuals at all. Plus the glove compartment won't open either. I've recently changed the battery as there were problems starting the change and the battery warning light was appearing a lot. But even with the new battery there's still no screen for radio/satnav/communication and I'm puzzled now. the car was service last month. Please can you help?

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      Sonyal 

      2 months ago

      My car turns off when stopped when the air is on high

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      MIKE 

      2 months ago

      i own bmw e46 the are wires from the switch have shortages,like when i indicate to the right only font indicator works nd when indicating to left only rear indicator works nd they indicates so fast, then when i touches the wires from the switch sometimes it indicates normally but later changes,i tried changing the switch but still giving me same problem,so how can i change the wires from the switch?

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      Dino 

      2 months ago

      I have a bmw 320i convertible and my electric hood electric windows, wipers, and dashboard tell tales have all stopped working. I have been told it's the central electronic control unit does this sound right does any one out there know thank you

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      Ivan Stovall 

      2 months ago

      My 2008 550i Dashboard keeps shorting out or keeps restarting, causing my radio and other devices not to work. Which fuse should I be looking for??? ivstova47@gmail.com

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      Jessica 

      2 months ago

      Have a 2006 bmw 530xi. Getting codes saying lost communication with ecm. Need help. It stared and ran till we changed out s vavle cover gasket. Now no spark

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      Emerson Contreras 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2001 e46 and I don't seem to be getting any power to the passenger side headlight which includes the ac line as well

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      dutchessclar5150@gmai.com 

      2 months ago

      Have a 2015 x1 had a front end accident got it back after getting a rebuilt engine now it has sit for a while cause it wasnt enough room now couple months go by and it wont start dead battery and im charging it but it still having trouble. Help please

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      ronald dekock 

      2 months ago

      drove the car die in run wont start again need help please 2002 bmw 320d

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      Jp Carcamo 

      2 months ago

      First would like to start by thanking you for your expert help. Thank you .

      Now I have a 2008 BMW X5 and was originally running but had a Trannsmission Failure code and was running rough. Took her to a local shop and he recommended a transmission flush . Got the car back and light was still on but was still driving and seemed a little smoother, until I was about to pull into my subdivision and dash was lite like a x-mas tree and took key out and has not started since. I charged the battery and it's over 50 % but it's like the button to start won't even allow it to try and crank. I got looking care fully all over and found still water about 2.5 inch high behind where the steering column would go into under the hood . Completely under the water was a small metal box attached to engine wall ( on the other side is where drivers feet would be ) I took a wash vac and got everything out and dry , rite off the bat not as many lights on , but the start button still won't allow. Is this the issue ., do I need to reset somehow or you think it's something else? Thanks JP

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      PsykoRabbit 

      2 months ago

      Hi, hope you can help. I have a 2007 bmw 335i and just before Xmas I was having low battery issues. I replaced the battery and coded it as it was a different ah rating and then registered it using inpa/ncs expert. The battery kept discharging and after a lot of fault finding I found out that the new battery was to blame. I have since replaced it again and recoded/registered back to the factory setting for non-agm 80ah but now I have been infected by an army of electrical gremlins. My sun roof doesn't work at all, remote central locking works whenever it feels like it. I have to continually reset my windows, my high beams don't work and neither do my indicators. My sat nav won't come on, radio won't work and finally the heated seats don't work. Using INPA I can turn all of those on/off and have checked the fuses - all ok. I'm stuck, please help! Thank you.

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      Muhamad Abdi 

      2 months ago

      I just got a 2009 bmw 535i xdrive and it is crashed in the front the driver side airbag went off I assumed it was the starter but we tested it and it works I don’t know why it won’t start. All it does is it clicks but no start up. The car has power to everything. Anything will help thank you.

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      Rachel320 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2006 525xi I recently replaced the altenator and the battery but the car will not keep a charge. I was told it's electrical, How do I figure out what is causing this and is it an easy fix.

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      JCP van E 

      3 months ago

      Ik heb een BMW E91 van 2007 . Recent de accu vervangen opnieuw laten uitlezen alles leek in orde.Airco + ventilatie bediening werkt niet meer. De lampjes op het dashbord werken wel en geven ook aan bv maximaal en minimaal. Alleen functioneert niet meer. Zekeringen na gekeken , niets mis mee. wat zou de oorzaak / oplossing kunnen zijn

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      Riaz 

      3 months ago

      Hi, I have issue with my BMW 3 series e90 320d 2010, it won’t start, sometimes cranks but most of the time no cranking also.

      I had given battery for charging, and got it checked was 75%, don’t know what to do.

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      BMW 1 

      3 months ago

      Hi, I have a series 1 model, 58 plate and the dash lights up like a set of Xmas lights, all the warning lights flash on and off. help please

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      Ivan Stovall 

      3 months ago

      Hi, I have a2008 Bmw 550i. When I turn on my car, the Dashboard keeps turning on and off and restarting. What could be the problem? It never lets me turn on the radio, or other dashboard features.......

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      Virgil Williams 

      3 months ago

      I have a 1987 BMW 535i, my car starts fine and after a short drive the inspection light begins blinking, the speedometer stops working then the car dies. You wait an hour and it starts again but goes back to the above loop again. I put in some new fuses which helped but now I have a new problem. I remove the key from the ignition and the car still runs. I disconnect the battery, the car still runs. What would cause this

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      freeradical2 

      3 months ago

      I bet you can't solve this one :-)

      BMW 535xi (E61) there is an anti trap function in the sun roof that i get a warning about, now here is the funny thing, the sun roof opens and closes perfectly, but when i switch on the headlights i get a sunroof anti trap warning keeps going off whether the roof is open or closed, turn off the headlights (actually angel eye lights too) and everything is normal, turn them on again and bing bing off goes the warning.

      Any Ideas?

      Thanks

      Andy.

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      Anthony 

      3 months ago

      Hello!

      I have a bmw E46 2002, with the m54b22. I have been having this issue when I do high revs, mostly when you floor in a lower gear, my dashboard lights flicker (abs, battery lamp, handbrake, etc). This also results in that both low beam bulbs, h7, go out. No fuse goes out and only the low beams go out.

      A closer look on the lamp and you can't see any black spots as you usually do when a bulb is a goner. Just the wire connecting within the bulb (no experts on bulb) gets burned up.

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      Val 

      3 months ago

      2008 BMW 320i convertible car been garaged for 6months started and opened roof but wouldnt go back up boot doesnt open just making whirring noises, had it on diagnostic but showing no problems, any ideas?

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      Sim 

      3 months ago

      Hi, I have a 2006 330xi that was sitting for about 5months. The oil pan was damaged and winter had hit. So pan was replaced. Then a bunch of lights came on the dash after jumping he battery. Including the battery light. So the battery was with a battery of less amps. Battery was registered when replaced. But I am still getting a check engine light for my mass air flow sensor, air temp sensor, mass air meter signal, a couple cylinder misfires. Also the Brake light, and which goes on and off, and 4x4/dynamic trac control is on. Sometimes the Brake , abs and 4x4 will go away when I do a wide , but after a little roving they came back on and car feels wonky. Please help all suggestions welcome. Thank you

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      Klodi 

      3 months ago

      I have a problem with A/C. Cold air is not working. I went to service with my bmw 1 series and they told me that there is a problem in electric box and this costs 1200 euro. I don't know if this box can be repaird without changing it. Please tell me if somebody have the same problem

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      Amina 

      3 months ago

      My partner fitted a tow bar on my bmw 1 series, after it was fitted it drove for 2 minits when stopped car cut out radio works not all nights show on dash bored and car won’t start Iv tester the battery but that seems to be ok any help what the problem can be

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      Barbara 

      3 months ago

      Start button wouldn't start BMW.

      Unplugged negative battery cable

      Plugged it back in

      And then it started.

      Waited about 3 hours - then car wouldn't start again.

      Thx

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      Wally 

      3 months ago

      Hi,1st thanks for this useful post. I have 2007 BMW 525xi,A week ago I had to change the alternator everything seemed nice after it was done the only thing that I had on was the steering wheel look warning while the car was on and driving but it was of after a few hours so everything was OK again, I parked the car overnight and the day after I was driving I realized that the radio no GPS was playing for few minutes then turn off and back on again the whole time the car was on so I thought something wrong with the radio but it more the whole electric system was shutting off and on including the rpm gage that goes up and back to normal the climate control was the same as radio the lose off power steering and trans faulty light it happens more at acceleration. So I had to turn off and on the engine and everything is back to normal for a while and it will do the same thing again after maybe 20 to 30 min

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      Sunnyboy 

      3 months ago

      What are the symptoms of a faulty JBT body controller of a BMW 116i E87 1 series?

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      Chrisr601 

      3 months ago

      I have an 06 bmw 330i. My problem is when you turn wipers on they wipe about 3-4 times then stop randomly on windshield after a few minutes you can hit the switch again and they do the same thing. I have changed the relay but has not fixed the issue.

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      Chrisr601 

      3 months ago

      I have an 06 bmw 330i. My problem is when you turn wipers on they wipe a few times then stop in tandom locations on windshield. After a few minutes you can hit the switch again and they will wipe a few time then stop again. I’ve changed the relay but still no luck.

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      Salvatore Esposit 

      3 months ago

      I have BMW 525 estate, 2005. 2.5 diesel. I have a a problem with the heate and aircon working intermittently. Can any one suggest anything I presume it must be an electrical fault, but not sure where to look.

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      Acd 

      3 months ago

      The idrive switch on my x5 has stopped working. The lcd screen is still working. Any advice would b welcome

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      Amber 

      3 months ago

      Hi , I changed my battery on my BMW X5 2004 as i let it go dead by leaving lights on. My centre console computer, air con and heaters will not work now. Not switch on or nothing. Can you help me please

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      Hashim 

      3 months ago

      When i turn my auto lights on then hit the fog light button my radio screen flashes what would cause this issue

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      David nesith 

      4 months ago

      I got a bmw 325i n it was working fine no problem starting up then i come baxk and headlights dont turn on nor the inside lights and it wont start its a push start can i get advice for why its not starting

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