September 10, 2009 01:40PM
OK i bought my first car and its a 87 325e 5 speed. and i charged the battery and all the lights will be on but it wont turn over. the car has been sitting for 5 long years. i can jump it to start it but when i shut it off it wont turn back on. So anyone have any ideas what it could be.
September 10, 2009 02:05PM
if it's been sitting for 5 years, that car's battery is flat. replace that first.

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'92 318ic » weekends
'85 280TE » resto
rkj
September 10, 2009 07:07PM
And make sure the terminals are clean. Rick
September 10, 2009 07:13PM
as the others said, if it runs when jump started but no other time, the battery is really close to completely dead, incapable of being recharged.


September 11, 2009 02:14AM
Garateed after that period of time, the battery is on it's way out the door.

Out of curiosity, did the car run, once jumped, without the jumper cables on it?
Was the car running for a good period of time before you turned it off again?
i.e. did you take it for a spin around the block without problems?

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September 11, 2009 08:05PM
trust me on the battery thing. i have the exact symptoms on the 280TE, just haven't gotten around to purchasing a new battery yet.

'93 190E 2.6 » days
'92 318ic » weekends
'85 280TE » resto
September 13, 2009 10:32PM
The car should not be run without the battery connected. The alternator will try to maintain too high a voltage and do some damage. A new battery is what is needed.

Bob in Everett
September 15, 2009 05:44PM
DO NOT run the car without the battery connected!
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