Stupid me. I had to work offsite at another facillity for my job and
accidently left the sunroof open on my car for about two weeks. It
never rains in Texas with the exception of this time period I was
gone. The interior is pretty much dry, but the start won't start.
It's stone dead. Nothing happens when you turn the key, not lights
turn on - not even the digital clock. I fully charged the battery.
The postive battery cable was a little corrided, so I replaced that
today with a new one. That didn't do anything to fix the problem. Is
it possible for some sort of electrical short to occur inside the car
that would cause this to happen? I'm out of ideas here. Thanks!
I have a 1980 320i, so there probably
not alot of difference electrically.
I would take off the cardboard panel that
covers the steering column, and using
a volt meter, see if the steering column
and ignition switch is getting voltage, i.e.
12 volts. I think its easy to remove
part of the plastic cover to the steering
If not check all your fuses that are in the
covered box next to the battery. You have
to twist all of the fuses that are in their sockets
to make sure they making good connections.
There might be a terminal block in the area
of the steering column that needs cleaning
and tightening also.
The lights do not work. Absolutely nothing does. I did have the
plastic piece that goes around the whole bottom of the steering column
off though. It's been off for a long time. I had to see if I could
get a key code off the lock so I could get a replacement key from BMW
and didn't screw it back on yet.
I'm in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, within a few miles of DFW airport.
It has been raining here so much as of late. I think it's rained
everyday for at least a week, and I'm talking about heavy rain too.
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