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by brotherhay
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Starter issues, continued....
Replies: 6
Views: 440

Re: Starter issues, continued....

There will be a final update. There is still an intermittent issue that needs tracking
by brotherhay
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Starter issues, continued....
Replies: 6
Views: 440

Re: Starter issues, continued....

Just an update After having some time off, I was able to pluck the existing starter that had a lifetime warranty and get it replaced Slapped the new replacement in, no issues at all, starts every time, no whirr, feels good. So yeah, starter solenoid was on its way out. Tested fine on the bench, but ...
by brotherhay
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Headlight Switch cleaning/rebuild FAQ?
Replies: 0
Views: 936

Headlight Switch cleaning/rebuild FAQ?

I assume many go through the woes of the headlight switch either not making a connection when it should, or the dash light dimming not dimming as it should. I was having a problem with the dimming flickering. I knew it was a dirty connection, so I wanted to pull the switch out and blast it with some...
by brotherhay
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Starter issues, continued....
Replies: 6
Views: 440

Re: Starter issues, continued....

Just for reference. Red wire, large post. Black wire, small post. Car starts, but starter sounds as if its still engaged until removing black wire from post Black wire, large post. Red wire, small post. Car starts, but runs like its very rich. Idles at an average 300rpm, but also jumps in rpm trying...
by brotherhay
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Starter issues, continued....
Replies: 6
Views: 440

Re: Starter issues, continued....

Time to find the receipt for this starter I think. I purchased it less than a year ago. After all my jacking around and whatnot, sounds like its time time to find something better. I will definitely try to test this before pulling it, but I feel the starter being in a partially working state is just...
by brotherhay
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Starter issues, continued....
Replies: 6
Views: 440

Starter issues, continued....

Ive been fighting a starting issue that I feel lies solely with the starter/solenoid itself. On the starter, theres a few posts, and a few male spade connectors. My focus is which wires are connected to which connector. It would be very helpful if someone could take a picture of those connections. I...
by brotherhay
Sun May 27, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Car wont start w/ red and black wire connected ('80 528i)
Replies: 11
Views: 759

Re: Car wont start w/ red and black wire connected ('80 528i)

the starter is aftermarket, but I dont think it would have any odd connections. There are a few spade connectors on the positive side, I figured it probably didnt matter much as to which to connect to. Gave that a shot, and it did start right away, but still sounded like the started stays engaged to...
by brotherhay
Sun May 27, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Car wont start w/ red and black wire connected ('80 528i)
Replies: 11
Views: 759

Re: Car wont start w/ red and black wire connected ('80 528i)

So I think I might know whats up here. The BK RD wire that connects to the Starter Solenoid, its connected to the ground section.... The wire is only long enough to connect to that section, as if its only supposed to connect there. But from what youve just said, It sounds like this one needs to be c...
by brotherhay
Sun May 27, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Car wont start w/ red and black wire connected ('80 528i)
Replies: 11
Views: 759

Re: Car wont start w/ red and black wire connected ('80 528i)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v358/brotherhay/img002_zpsjsikoi4y.jpg Looks like from the starter is a BK RD that runs to the top of the Ballast Resistor. The ballast resistor splits to the ignition control, and also a BK RD wire from the bottom of the ballast resistor to the Ignition Coil. chec...
by brotherhay
Sat May 26, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Car wont start w/ red and black wire connected ('80 528i)
Replies: 11
Views: 759

Re: Car wont start w/ red and black wire connected ('80 528i)

lets get this one bumped back up. Found a new Ballast Resistor. Theres a guy on ebay in Germany that has a bunch of NOS ballast resistors, $60. Anyway, after installing the new resistor, same thing. If I have the red wired hooked up, the car will start. When it starts you can tell its not going thro...
by brotherhay
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Car wont start w/ red and black wire connected ('80 528i)
Replies: 11
Views: 759

I did a bit of research looking for a ballast resistor for this car and cannot find one anywhere.

Any suggestions?
by brotherhay
Tue May 02, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Hissing from under the Brake Booster (1980 528i)
Replies: 1
Views: 246

Hissing from under the Brake Booster (1980 528i)

So after starting the car (1980 528i), or just after shutting it off, I can hear an audible hiss from within the engine compartment. Theres no fluids leaking, so its vacuum related. Coincidentally it sounds like the hiss is right below the brake booster. I believe there is a brake pressure regulator...
by brotherhay
Tue May 02, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Car wont start w/ red and black wire connected ('80 528i)
Replies: 11
Views: 759

Car wont start w/ red and black wire connected ('80 528i)

Im back for more BMW abuse, and once again were back to starting issues. Ive still got to track why the battery drains, but first I have to get a little help to figure this one out. Car wouldnt start (1980 528i). Took the starter out, bench tested it, nothing. Well thats easy enough, new starter ins...
by brotherhay
Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Battery Drain - Common Causes
Replies: 6
Views: 1497

I metered it by holding a lead to one side of the barrel fuse clip, and the other lead to the other clip end. Nothing seemed to be drawing anything. The 10 amp setting on my multimeter requires that you switch the positive lead to a separate 10ADC connection. I did do that, if anyone was wondering. ...
by brotherhay
Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Battery Drain - Common Causes
Replies: 6
Views: 1497

Checked it today, and it seems I have 3 fuses pulling 12 volts when the car is off. Cigarette Lighter/Power Antenna Hazard warning system/glove comp/clock and Supplementary Fan The fan I have never seen turn on until the car is super hot no power antenna, and I dont smoke warning buzzer has never wo...