Engine Mechanical problem
1998 BMW 540i V8 Two Wheel Drive Manual 167000 miles
I just brought this car home and the following day it would not start. It does not seem to be getting power to the starter. Turn the key, eveything powers up but the starter does not engage.
I started the car 5 times yesterday, before buying it, without any problems. I also had a dealer inspect the car. They did not identify anything that would seem to be related to this problem.
I am not hearing a solenoid actuate. The battery reads 11.7 volts and has a 5/07 manufacture date on it. I put jumpers on it anyway but this did not help.
I have thought about cleaining the battery terminals (they appear to be very clean), checking for a starter relay, a clutch or neutral safety switch, and a starter solenoid. Unfortunately I am not familiar with the car so I don't know where any of this is located or how to isolate the problem.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Friday, January 9th, 2009 AT 1:10 PM