How to Solve BMW Electrical Problems Easily

Updated on January 22, 2019

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 might seem like the end of the world. 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

The location of the fuse box on a BMW.
The location of the fuse box on a BMW.

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

Check for bad fuses by taking them out one by one.

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

Test Your Car Battery

A discharged battery won't let you start your car in cold weather, but an extremely 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 that with short trips in the city traffic, your alternator won't be able to charge your battery enougg—it'll be just a matter of time until it starts causing 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 doesn'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 much 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!

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.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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      Courtney 

      4 hours ago

      I have a 2006 325I BMW the radio stopped working but the emblem on the screen on the dash has a BMW that’s all that shows up on my like my navigation thing what it could be wrong with it

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      Chris 

      11 hours ago

      My 2004 330xi sat for six months I started it up and the instrument cluster was all lit up. I bought a new battery and it still has all the warning lights on and the head lights and tail light stay lit when the keg is removed.

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      Zinhle 

      24 hours ago

      My BMW won't start and the fuses have Been checked and the all look fine.

      Is it possible that the key might be the problem?

      But the key does turn on the dash board

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      Justine Hartshorne 

      3 days ago

      Hi I am taking care of a friends 2006 BMW 323i I have not driven it much but last night the yellow engine light came up and is staying on as well as it says SERVICE in red. I cannot get the drivers side door to lock, all of the other doors lock. I should note that I have never driven a BMW before so I am not sure if these problems are actual or just happening because of my own stupidity. The transmission seems slippy as well so hopefully some fluid checks will help

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      Gail Ferguson 

      3 days ago

      Both side windows and went down when I closed the door

      on 2006 BMWi today

      Front one is now operating but not back

      Help

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      elotz385 

      11 days ago

      i removed my fuel pump wiht out dissconneting my battery wiht affect my fuel pump whem i install back????

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      Jayne 

      13 days ago

      dann blower not working, a mechanic said it got wet. do i need to change the blower or am i screwed?

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      Hannah 

      13 days ago

      Hello. My 330i battery keeps dying. Today I was looking at the battery and wiring to make sure everything was plugged in and not loose then I heard something click so I try to start the car and bam it starts right up. I thought I had fixed the problem. 30 minutes later I go to leave and get nothing.. It starts everytime I jump it so I was wondering if it is the battery or could it be the wiring that’s connected to the battery?

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      Louwrens 

      13 days ago

      Hi, my BMW is a 2003, 318i.

      My batt light came on at times. When the light is off, the alternator is charging 14.16V. When the light is on, it is not charging.

      My battery is fine. Two years ago I put in a new rotor and regulator in the alternator. From that time my light was coming on once in a while in about three months. Now it stay on.

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      Kash Killion 

      2 weeks ago

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      Akirose 

      2 weeks ago

      I have a e65 and I took to get service and everything was working but some times it says something about the parking light but it was still working and when I got the car back from the shop the headlights right side didn’t work and and the button on the steering wheel for the display didn’t work either and the back door passengers Wright side didn’t work either the windows don’t go up or down and the door control arm don’t pull the door close anymore and the service cost me $2000 Australia dollars

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      Rick W 

      2 weeks ago

      My girlfriend has a 2006 BMW 5x SUV that the battery keeps going dead overnight. I think the console gearshift indicator lights are the problem. They don’t go out when turining the car off. Is there a sensor that needs replaced or is there a way to unplug the light until it can be fixed. I don’t want to have to jump it two or three times a day. HELP!

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      Edward Gary Becker 

      2 weeks ago

      My X3 2013 jumps from drive to park randomly when stopped. Warning message “ Transmission failure “ with other message “ do not turn off engine may not start again “. BMW diagnosed problem say needs Crankshaft Sensor and recommend replacing Battery. They replaced sensor and I told them I’d replace battery myself. After picking up car I brought vehicle to independent shop. I was told it getting old but still good. He recommended I buy battery and he would install. The problem is it is still doing same problem and message.

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      Anthony Gayfield 

      3 weeks ago

      I have a 1997 740iL and the inside lights don't come on sometimes also my heater fan don't come on sometimes to do sometimes it don't also the locks sometimes one will lock and the others won't sometimes the wipers won't work I don't understand what's going on

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      Kmassey5791 

      3 weeks ago

      Good afternoon, I have an 08 X5 a couple days ago, the power windows and mirrors would not work. I tried using the control on all 4 doors for the windows and nothing. I removed the negative battery terminal for about an hour and reconnected it, also jumped it off with another vehicle. Now, the engine turns over but will not crank and windows and mirror switches are still not working. I have checked and replaced any fuses that were blown and still the engine turns over but will not start. Do you have any suggestions?

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      Rick 

      3 weeks ago

      My 2007 E90 has a bank1 sensor1 error message and also the airbag warning light comes on and off after clearing code. Please advice

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      Demi 

      3 weeks ago

      Hello! I'm having starting/crank issues with my 2008 BMW 528i. I was opening to look in the trunk to see if it's a wire problem. Can you provide any insight?

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      Praful84 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi .I am planning to do a DIY 360view camera installation on my car. For the electrical power of the side view cameras that need to be installed onto the wing mirrors I am not sure where to tap in from . My car is a BMW X1 e84 2011 edition which Doesnt have indicator lights in the wing mirrors..so basically I need a power source from the indicator lights. Also in the fuse box diagram I can't place where the fuses for the left and right side indicators are. There is no mention of them . What do you suggest ? What would be the best indicator supply lien source for these cameras that I can connect the cameras to in order for them to work when the side indicator signal is on..thx in anticipation of your help..cheers

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      brian shaver 

      4 weeks ago

      I have a 2003 325 ci i have a battery drain issue ,have taken out or discounted many things ,when the 40 amp fuse is in it drains the battery take it out and its ok ,i knowing that it operates the blower ,i disconnected it and still have the issue , does the 40 amp fuse control anything else thanks

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      Geo M. 

      4 weeks ago

      My wagon shuts off when I disconnect the terminal from the battery. I'm pretty sure that the alternator is good because is new and is being tested.my battery was little drain in voltage and I charged, after putting it together and start the car I try to get the terminals tight and notice that the car shuts off when I get the terminal disconnected.someone has any problem like this before and how did you get it fixed.thanks for the help.

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      Matthandelong 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a 2004 325xi and I have no turn signal indicators nor do I have any headlight indicators also no illumination behind my speedo and my fuel also my oil but my cluster works just fine I installed a aftermarket radio but I still don’t get what happened I tried fuses and still nothing please help

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      noeltich01@gmail.com 

      5 weeks ago

      have a318 and it has no spark and no injection.no ref voltage on the cam n position sensors.where do i start.

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      Mpho 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi, my 2009 bmw e90 320i, keeps cranking but not starting, shortly after a heavy rain, all it shows on the cluster is an amber encycled triangle with exclamation mark inside, what could be the problem?

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      Zonica 

      5 weeks ago

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      Toyia Lyda 

      6 weeks ago

      Two weeks ago I took my 2011 BMW 535GT to the dealer to have the right rear air spring replaced, along with a fuse. Two weeks later, various warning lights are flashing and remain on when the engine is started. Specifically, the passenger restraint light, ABS lights, drive train malfunction light, power steering wheel light flashes. In addition, the speedometer does not work. Is it possible the electrical connector was damaged during repair? Any suggestions on what could be wrong. This has never happened before and another mechanic suggested this was a very rare problem and suggested we return to the dealer. It seems more than coincidental that the electrical connector is near the work area and now we are having electrical problems.

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      kelvin Vlahakis 

      6 weeks ago

      I have a 1 series BMW,it over stayed without moving and the battery became weak. when i changed the battery its just bring a steering lock on the dashboard and cant start. What is the solution to this?

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      Charlene 

      7 weeks ago

      I have a 2005 645ci. My instrument panel doesn't work, and when lowering the convertible top, it does not always go down on the first attempt. Took it in for diagnosis and there are 19 DTC counts in fault. Mechanic told me full diagnosis could be anywhere from $40-$4000 - quite a range! Any suggestions on how to best diagnose where the electrical problem is w/out spending a fortune?

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      javy 

      8 weeks ago

      Were are the answers to all the questions. I have the same problem with a 2000 328i the car gauge dont work and no turn signal blinker i check all fuse and loock fine whats the solution to this anyone?

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      Gilles 

      8 weeks ago

      Something draining my battery overnight It’s happened twice this week and I replaced the battery and I have the same problem this morning again I jump started it and run fine

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      Sandman66 

      2 months ago

      Hello

      I have a 2000 BMW 323i, after some heavy rain i notice the carpet behind driver seat wet. Now the odometer light stays on and i can still operate the flashers, as if the key is on. Where should I start to solve this issue?

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      ram 

      2 months ago

      I own a 1990 BMW 535i. The ac clutch keeps clicking on and off and provides cold air sometimes, otherwise does not turn on. I keep getting signs of washer fluid is low. I believe there is some disconnect in the wiring or with the capacitors... has anyone had the same problem

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      Arvin 

      2 months ago

      Hi im havinv aproblem ...electric running

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      Alejandro 

      2 months ago

      Today,i started my bmw 535i and left to work. I was running a little late so i didn't notice until i got down the street. The car runs fine but there are no lights or functions on the dash board, or speedometer. Almost as if the car is off. I can't turn on lights or blinkers. Please help. I'll go to the dealership if i can't find a solution..eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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      Edwin 

      2 months ago

      Hi Sir,

      Mine is a BMW f20 2011 MODEL.

      the aircon console and radio console is non-responsive.

      Everytime the car is on, the aircon runs continuosly.

      Even the back-kight to that section is not illuminated.

      Please advise what to do. Temp is set to 16, It's really freezing.

      Thank You.

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      Flo 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2009 328i bmw with a driver side fog light not working.its an hid bulb.i had ballast tested and the bulb too.all works.but for some reason when i hook it up back to its place. It still wint come passenger side works just fine.Any suggestions on what my issue is?

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      Esther Oki 

      2 months ago

      My BMW 2004 525i nav will not come on screen is black

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      Esther Oki 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2004 525i that the computer screen will not come on. The shop said it could be electrical but that I would have to take it to BMW which I'm not ready to do yet can you give me some kind of direction?

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      Tracie 

      2 months ago

      Have a bmw 1 series went in for an mot was working well before has had a new battery not long ago , it needed a new indicator light and air bag light sorting due to passenger seat not being talking secured ; brought it home from garage tried to drive it a few hours later all lights on dashboard showing no indicators ,car won’t start and there’s a ticking noise when you sit inside it -I assume the guy at the garage has done something not on purpose - any ideas you have I would be grateful for it’s my daughters car - thank you

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      Eathen mccaslin 

      2 months ago

      My 2011 bmw 328i started fine one day and then the next it wouldn’t crank, I replaced the starter and now when I push the push start the headlights and dashboard lights flicker on and off

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      BMW 325i 

      2 months ago

      Crank and not starting but engine light not come the display what problem

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      BMW 325i 

      2 months ago

      Crank

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      Claude 

      2 months ago

      Hi, I have e90, 323i, battery was flat, had to jump. Now the cluster is dead. Checked all the fuses, wiring is fine, dealer says I have 2 get a new cluster and have 2 be re-programmed. Please help.

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      Ross 

      2 months ago

      I’m having anti theft issues I think, it’s a 2006 325I and I installed a eccentric shaft sensor now it won’t start, it turns over then a electronic malfunction light appears on the dash, please help, it’s been a week and I’m out of options, and by the way im in Southaven I noticed your in horn lake

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      Kenzie Leigh 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2008 BMW X3 3.0si. When i turn the heater on, the car shuts off, the EML indicator lamp turns on and the battery light on the dashboard. If i turn it off, it runs again no problem. Also what does the DDE with a little curly cue symbol in the fuse diagram mean? Thank you so much!

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      mahmood 

      2 months ago

      hi my bmw 550i 2008 gear shift blinking on neutral and do not go to drive or parking pals no crank no strat please let me know what i do thanks

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      Craig 

      2 months ago

      My bmw e 46 remote key has stoped working remotely after getting my car cleaned buy a presure washer they key is not to old so im sure it not the key ,im thinking water has gpt in some where but where would i look.checked fuse module in glive box seemed to be dry fuse 60 is fine any help would be good .also my parking sendors gave up due to same thing damb pressure washing im sure of it

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      BJ 

      2 months ago

      2008 BMW X-5. I'm having multiple issues that appear to be electrical related. Back trunk gate won't open or close automatically, all windows won't go up nor down, transmission not shifting correctly and ocassionally hesitates to start. I have a new car battary. Additionally, I'm receiving an error code indicating that the transmission is faulty. I took it to a local shop and the Mechanic told me it could be the wire harness but they're not 100% certain. I don't want to spend $3k without certainly knowing that this is the problem.

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      Henry Balbuena 

      2 months ago

      I have 06 bmw 325 xi I changed the steering angle sensor but now my steering radio controls don't work and wipers and signal lights what do I do

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      Phap 

      2 months ago

      I have the problem with my BMW X6 F16 2015, the rear air suspension not lower, chassis problem light on central display, trouble code: 480DB1 lower control time; 480DB4 control time,lifting, rear left; 480DB5 control time,lifting, rear right. Please help me

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      RS 

      2 months ago

      hello i have bmw e65 2004. my display started lagging some time work some times not, its started at +3 outside when 5+ all good and my music 1-5sec work then stoped and reseting how to fix it? only in cold, when +5 evrywing working good sorry for my english

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      Scott 

      2 months ago

      2008 Bmw 528xi Ecu box fuse blown wich controls heater part of the o2 sensors error code shows all 4 are bad some one mention a bad wire near crankcase ??????????any ideas

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      Jay Torres 

      2 months ago

      I have a 530i and went I press the gas pedal it gives me a some resistance is driving me nuts please help me ; on the same card some of the lights inside the car stay onwhat should I do to fix this problem please help me thank you.

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      Stacey 

      2 months ago

      My 03 325i all the sudde. Wont crank, ive checked fuses, i can hear the fuel pump priming and my battery seems fine, i found 2 sheared off wires on passenger side of car near tire.. what and where do they go?? Help ive been bprrowing cars for over a week and miss and need my bmw asap ..week after christmas single mom of two teens im more than broke

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      Blake 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2011 BMW X6 I was on vacation and had to have the battery replaced. Since replacing the battery with a battery other than the bmw brand battery, even though I’ve had the battery registered to the car. I have had what seems to be electrical type issues. All my warning lights have come on and the car has even gone limp. The Stealership just replaced the control module and indicated they fixed the problem. Three days later, I’ve had the exact same warning lights problem. Could it be I need to buy a new bmw only battery? Fuses? When the Stealership finished with the control module they indicated the check engine light was on and informed me they could run a diagnostic for $110. I declined and bought a new gas cap instead, refueled the car and no more service engine light. The very next day, all my warning lights were on as they were prior to the control module replacement. Please Helllppp!

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      Faisal 

      2 months ago

      I have an e39 . Recently the horn stopped working and the airbag light is on.

      When I press the horn, the radio lights blink but now the radio is completely off.

      The electrician said that the amplifier is faulty.

      Is the amplifier really connected to the horn other than radio ?

      Would appreciate your inputs

      Regards,

      Faisal

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      Sanjay 

      2 months ago

      2018 3 series shadow line edition. Brake lights turn on after every 20 minutes. Even if vehicle is locked, brake lights switch on.

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      Andrew2018 

      3 months ago

      Hello i have a 95 bmw 325 i convertible,the car has intermittedly started and got warm and when shutting off not start again for awhile,it was the starter went completely bad,put a new battery in before this job to make sure also had all signs until no longer starting. Replaced it,annoying job,started right up,crisp runs good. But after shutting off wouldnt start again,i noticed the trunk interior lights on and that it gets power when it starts,then they were off when it wouldnt,is this a battery ground,or earth ground?,do the cables need cleaned if there old or have a little corrosion ?,how do you trouble shoot it and fix it? Whats going on? Also can a faulty brake light sensor or switch cause it not to start,it seems like its not getting power to anything or starter,when trunk lights are off,but radio works lights work,brake lights work turn signals work,but turn it and nothing like no power,when there on its getting power i think its a short or battery cables or connection,anu ideas?

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      persia1361 

      3 months ago

      hello, i have 2006 bmw 7 series. since 6 month age, my remote key which is not a fob key starting to loose battery every 3 or 4 days after i replace a new battery. what is the problem?

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      cgdavis62 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2012 BMW 535i, it was making a revving noise even in park, took to mechanic they changed the tensioner belt. After I picked it up I noticed the sound was even worse, took it back, they said it was the water pump. Replaced water pump, fan etc. Picked it up again, getting engine fan malfunction, plus blinker is out and car won't accelerate past 50. Now they are saying I have electrical issues which I didn't have originally. Could they have got something wet when changing the water pump that's causing the electrical issues?

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      Stumped and frustrated 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2007 525i e60 my car was running great until my husband left my interior lights on overnight and killed the battery. I had a friend jumpstart it and it seemed to run fine for about a month after that please note that when I discovered that my car would not start I was getting ready to give my buddy a ride to his first day on a new job and he was panicking for fear of being late, and started to fiddle with the battery in the trunk so I could try to give a jump. I DID NOT allow anyone to jump the car from the battery I researched where to properly jump the car under the hood and did so. As I mentioned the car was running fine with no issues except that my battery didn’t seem to be holding a charge intermentlly. About a week or so later I was out in the country at friends house (I had to drive several miles on dirt roads to get there) after arriving we decided to go to the Gas station to grab a couple things. When I left to go to the store my car started right up with no problem. After arriving and shutting down the car it wouldn’t start on its own or with a jump. Nothing in my car had power so I checked my fuses everything appeared fine. I manually opened trunk with key and removed cover from the trunk to reveal the battery, and I immediately noticed that my positive battery cable ( the red cable furthest from the inside of the trunk was very very loose. My friends dad came to help us and he was having trouble getting the cable to tighten back up so I had a bungee cord with a metal hook and I was able to gently wedge it into the space between the cable and start the car I drove about a mile to my cousins house and he had a nut to replace the one that was on the cable originally replaced it and my car was up and running no jumpstart required. Once I returned home I put the car on the charger for safe measure. I didn’t seem to have any problem after that in exception to the fact that my battery seemed weak I so I replaced the battery( didn’t register battery) that seemed to solve the problem but I was having issues with the trunk not closing after removing the ground wire from the battery and letting it set over night and replacing the cable after I pressed the trunk release button inside the car and then tried to close the trunk again it shut normally. Shortly there after my car began to alert me that the engine temperature was high and to drive moderately until it cooled down. Strange thing was that I could let the car idle in my driveway for 15 to 20 minutes and it was fine but I could cold start my car and drive less than a quarter mile and I was getting the yellow temperature warning and then immediately the red. I always stopped and let the car cool down when this happened. I also started having problems with the trunk not closing again and I noticed that the latching mechanism on the inside of the trunk lid was very hot so my brother ( a certified mechanic ) disconnected the wire from the trunk lid at what point I was able to open and close trunk but only with the key. I had read the battery being low could cause all sorts of problems But I didn’t have a problem with the car over heating until after the battery was replaced. He replaced the coolant sensor inside the radiator hose that comes from the overflow tank and the tank itself including the sensor inside the tank. After replacing the tank and attempting to startup the car it wouldn’t start complete silence and my steering wheel lock malfunction light (red) indicator was popping up and the Idrive screen was not coming on after my brother spent several days trying to figure out what was going on he removed the steering wheel lock mechanism cleaned it and tested it and it was fine. He also determined that the starter and solenoid were good along with the battery eventually the I drive screen was working again but now the cluster on the dash wasn’t showing what gear the car was in ie no big P or small P when inserting fob and not after pressing the start button ( no click or hum) he determined that for some reason the ignition switch was not getting power and the fuel pump was not engaging either but intermittently you could hear a clicking in the trunk fuse box it was coming from the battery current saving relay replaced relay still nothing tested every fuse and relay noticed that the sensor or what have you under the spare tire was rather dirty and he carefully cleaned and reinstalled it in the car still not a damn thing. He also disconnected the IBS and the battery safety mechanism still not working. The auxiliary cable is getting power at the fuse box in the trunk but it is intermittent. I am going crazy researching this I will note that before the car stopped cranking I had a generic obd2 reader connect to the computer and I got coolant sensor codes and one time it threw a transmission code once I replaced the first coolant sensor and cleared the codes tested again and no codes including the transmission. I have read that it could be the neutral safety switch but I am not sure anymore after discovering copious amounts of water in the rear passenger side floor board. My brother now has the carpet peeled forward and the back seat removed. He is pretty sure that this my problem but I’m concerned that once he has gotten the interior completely dried out and checks out the wires that I am still not going to be able to get the car to start using the ignition he can crank the motor up using the old screwdriver and solenoid trick under the hood but I am wondering if the fact that the dash doesn’t have all the normal lights like that missing transmission position indicator turning on when inserting the fob and pressing the start button if it’s the neutral safety switch or what I was also getting the abs and airbag lights in cluster. I am starting to get very frustrated with this I had only just recently bought the car with 130k miles on it back in July and I have not been able to drive my car since mid September please let me know what you think. Thank you so much

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      andy lee 

      3 months ago

      have had electrical problems for a while and they are all stupid. i think i need to replace the actual wires. do you have any e82 diagrams by any chance?

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      Bill Thompson 

      3 months ago

      2009 BMW 135i dash lights/gages are intermittently going dead and then coming back on, (the car still runs).

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      Joseph 

      3 months ago

      Hi, my BMW 3201 SEDAN E90 windows and indicator not working. please help

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      Aileen Horne 

      3 months ago

      Hi

      I have a 2002 316ti bmw the battery went flat i charged it fully put back in but now i have no lights on dash my gauges aint working but the outside lights work and also indicators car runs well starts ok? What would cause the dash lights and all the gauges not to work

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      Desmond Ng 

      3 months ago

      Hi, i am having a voltage issues on my BMW f10 series 2011.

      The voltage is always not stable and it varies from 13.5 to 15.3 even when the car is at stop. I noticed that the I-Drive (USB) while i'm traveling (listening to mp3s from the USB) it will hang and stops then it will auto switch to FM radio function.

      Will you be able to advice me what went wrong?

      Battery replaced.

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      Smith 

      3 months ago

      I can’t connect to any thing in my car via kdcan cable but it will run.

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      Katrina A Norman 

      3 months ago

      I have many problems. 2000 740il. Here is a list of things that do not work now. Heater doesn't blow hot air, wipers, dash lights, door locks, steering wheel doesn't raise up or down, mirrors, fog lights, interior lights, seats, horn. I don't even know where to start fixing.

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      Jesska 

      3 months ago

      I have an 07 n54 . My cluster is staying on showing the time temperature and mileage even when car is off and in sleep mode . When car is crunk none of my gauges or gauge lights work . The blinkers and the lights for the a/c are not working either . All windows , headlights and door locks work fine .

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      Gregory Edgecombe 

      3 months ago

      Hi i own a 2001 318i BMW, it stays in low gear, and i scan it and got, EGS: solenoid 2 ! I change all the solenoids and still getting this code and the vehicle is still in low gear, what else can i check ?

      Thank you

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      Rikki Mask 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2006 bmw x5 and my radio playing when I start my truck and then it stops playing what can I do to fix this problem.

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      Marcy 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2004 BMW 530 I my screen will come on it will say BMW and then it'll blink down I noticed when I look up on YouTube people talking about the I drive I can hear distinct clicks my I drive does not click it just spins I ordered a new I drive but I'm wondering if that's my problem is my I drive out and it's not telling the screen what to do as far as I know this happened after the battery totally died but I got a new battery

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      Bob Lee 

      3 months ago

      Have 94 328i battery went flat now alarm won't turn off

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      phil lloyd 

      3 months ago

      all lights gone off .only front dip and rear lights on..

      switch not controlling them.

      only come on when you start car. bmw 320d 2011 184 bhp.

      just had clutch,flywheel fitted.

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      aaron boardman 

      3 months ago

      Hi everyone

      I have a 2008 BMW X6, and have had some starting problems. I have changed the battery and replaced the fuel pump relay, and still nothing. The car cranks but doesnt start.

      Can anybody Please please please HELP with some advice! :)

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      ShannonVincill 

      3 months ago

      Hi! I have a 2006 325ci bmw that is doing crazy stuff with the headlamps. On the passenger side the low beam light will periodically work then all of a sudden go off. Before it goes off I can see the indicator light on the switch will start flashing (it’s a green light that comes on when I have lights on) then it will go off when the light goes off. Help!! Please! Escharper@charter.net

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      Alex cyprusforall@yahoo.com 

      3 months ago

      hi my back windows rolled down slowly so i did manual reset holdimg up the windows for 20 sec. from the drivers control. now they work but the error window open pops up every 10 sec with sound and drives me crazy. i need to mention that the right back door switch not working but from the driver it does. coud this make the sensor to pop up error? thx

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      Jim 

      3 months ago

      My 2011 535i GT BMW’s Door locks are programmed to engage automatically upon driving. After I set the program, they work the first time I begin driving. The next time I restart the car and drive, they do not automatically engage. I am also experiencing issues with the air conditioning system sporadically blowing hot air, when the outside temperature is above 105 degrees. The BMW dealership has been unable to identify and solve these problems. Now, we just had it towed to the dealership, because the power steering just went out while we were driving it. I am concerned that there is something wrong with the electrical system.

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      taxiwardance 

      3 months ago

      i have a 08 535 and a weird thing happens when i pressure was the car. when i spray the doors from the handle down the four way flashers do a few blinks. they dont stay on just do a random blink. there is nothing wrong or weird with the car otherwise. just wondering if anyone would know the cause of this. thanks!

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      Shandalynn333@gmail.com 

      3 months ago

      I habe a 2000 bmw 528i an i habe replaced the blinker bulbs for the back an they still want work i habe also checked the fuses an they are all good any solutions

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      Ozz 

      3 months ago

      On my 2002 bmw 325i theres and electrical malfunction it all started with the visor mirror lights they went out and when i open tge mirror it pkays around with my dashboard then my honk stopped working and also the lights and buttons from my steering wheel then my seat warmersand dsc button stopped working as well and now my brake lights flicker without me pressing the break i could hear a noise sort of like a shortage behind my dashboard and when i hear it my brake lights flicker could it ve something in there where that noise is coming from? Or could it be that around my battery theres battery acid (i believe thats what it is)

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      Matic 

      3 months ago

      Problem with my e60 530d xdrive

      When it sits for few hours car unlocks steering lock and starts to crank but wont start and yellow steering lock light come..also cd player wont play and i drive display wont turn on ..after disconnecting the negative terminal from battery few times its starts normaly and also no problems with idrive steering or anything

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      debra blackmon 

      3 months ago

      my 2004 530i bmw was low on gas so i put gas in it gave me about 80 miles so i drove about 15 miles and i cut off and went back to try to crank my car it wouldnt start straight lines will come over on my dash board

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      CHARLES, E, MAGUIRE 

      3 months ago

      hi, i have a 2002 e39 touring 525d. its a great car with a view electrical bugs. one is the warning light on the dash tells me i have a rear off side light out but the all work. and the other is the rear heated screen . it is live all over the grid with a test light to earth but it does not defog.

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      Amck87 

      3 months ago

      On my 2002 bmw 325i all the warning lights (all 4) that let me know I have an exterior light out are all on and my blinkers are blinking as if there is a break in the circuit, but ALL my exterior lights are working.

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      Hector Vega 

      3 months ago

      Hello, I have a 2002 BMW 525I. It was giving me a difficult time starting. It would crank but shut off after seconds. Pressing the gas pedal felt as if no fuel was being discharged to the engine. My mechanic changed the fuel pump but apparently the pump is not receiving electrical power. He said he tested the relay and it seems good. Yet, problem persist. Any idea of what could be the causes for this malfunction?

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      BeccySue 

      4 months ago

      2006 325i wont start.

      Aux lights come on doors still unlock/lock radio works

      (Btw it had 1 mile to empty when i turned off)

      Rough start for the last week.... passenger side wheel well cover is off

      Possible issue. Key fob battery?

      Battery connection or charge (just got cold out)

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      Antwoine Fisher 

      4 months ago

      I have a 320D 2011. Randomly the remote locking failed, got in with the manual key. Put the key into the ignition and nothing. Electrics look to have failed. Battery has charge of around 75%. Got to the fuse box and tried to see if there's a lose fuse and whilst fumbling around the electrics came back to life and car started up as if nothings happened. Any idea here guys?

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      Rick Edwrds 

      4 months ago

      I have a short ? that drains the battery. 06 X5 alternator and battery are good. Rear brake light sometimes not working (replaced bulb) but a drain on the battery somewhere ? Anything common on this problem ?

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      Rodriguez 

      4 months ago

      I have an “6 x5 4.8is, replaced battery but car keeps dying, i have to jump it for it to start. They told me it could be some electrical issue, alternator seems to be working as per mechanic. Any help

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      Cova 

      4 months ago

      Rebuilt my 09 N54 and had the car coding issues from the first day I started the car I have installed new crankshaft & cam shaft sensors injectors plugs coil. Battery. My has been on cribbing since May. I thought I have had all the problems solve. Car was not throwing any codes. Washed the car went to drive it a few hours after I washed it. I started the car. Everything appeared all right. Did even get to the end of the block and all the dash board lights came on. Warning light and the speed limit gage or miles is no working. I disconnected the battery. Then cleared the codes reset all adaptation. Everything is still on. I drop the top today and drove it to my sisters. All is the sudden the Wipers came on and won’t go out with in minutes the transmission would not shift in or out of second gear. I have to put it in my sisters garage because now I can’t get the hard top to go up. Please help.

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      Ryan 

      4 months ago

      Does the lower panel in the fuse box always have power?

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      Piero 

      4 months ago

      HI.I just completed a valve cover job on my 2009 328xi. Now the car cranks funny and wont start.Checked fuses,main ecu relay,battery fully charged, has spark and gas??Got me baffled?Any ideas would appreciate it.Cheers,PGM

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      Hayley 

      4 months ago

      I had my battery changed on 1 series 10 plate 2.0 it was fine then just wouldn’t start key got stuck I got my mechanic out and he jump started it and thought it was ok now the lights are stuck on the indicator don’t work and the windows won’t work either I’ve tried taking it to have the battery coded but the man who hooked it up said I needed a better computer and sent me to someone else

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      Dona K 

      4 months ago

      Hello! I have a 2003 bmw 320i and for the past months it randomly will shut off (engine turns off and all the dash lights go on). It always immediately starts up but is obviously cause for concern because it has happened in the middle of traffic, on the highway etc. I am thinking it is a simple wiring issue?? If anyone has had this or similar problems or better get knows how to diagnose it give me a shout!

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      Raymond Mahlangu 

      4 months ago

      My bmw e90 professional radio does not switch on.But when i use another same radio it works.

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      Rusty 

      4 months ago

      So I came back home yesterday and my idrive went black. Everything works like the radio, parking censors, but the actual screen is just black. I left it over night, tried resetting the ccc by pressing the volume and the eject buttons.. no luck.. any advice

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      Leek2x 

      4 months ago

      Hello, i have a 2002 E39 i cant get into the glove compartment to check the fuses because after a while during idle some electrical components stop working and some lights come on that i didnt turn on such as high beams, 4way emergency flashers (solid not flashing) and one time the brake lights stayed on but another time it was the reverse lights i cant turn them off unless i turn the car completely off. Is there a way i can get the glove compartment open without breaking it and do you think its a fuse. I know its not the alternator also.

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      allan 

      4 months ago

      I have a BMW 1 series petrol. 3 days ago I heard a squeking and annoying sound from the car. When I traced back, I realised it was coming from the boot after a 5 litre screenwash bottle opened and spilled in the boot. Didn't realise the battery was there. Now I get a message saying battery discharging and something to do with consumer something. The car is still driving ok but the noise is there all the time even after the engine is switched off. What should I do please?

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      Lucky 

      4 months ago

      Good afternoon. I wanna know how to prevent water from damaging a computer Box. Another thing how do you download the software and coding for BMW?

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      Joe 

      4 months ago

      I have a RR01 07 in other words an overfeed 7 series. Car has been an electrical nightmare. Gorgeous but a nightmare. I have inst d and p. The current nightmare is the suspension. It goes into suspension Malfunction when it has 5 people total in the car. I've changed recently 2 front airstruts the control valve unit and the ehc ECU. The suspension pump seems to work properly and the ride sensors seem to be working properly too. I accumulator seems to work properly also it holds up to 13.5 bars of pressure I have no clue what the hell else to do. The 2 batteries are fairly new and there oem and I had them programmed when I got them from the dealer. Do you have any idea what this issue could be. Thanks again.

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