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Old 12-22-2013, 12:56 PM   #1
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Ok went to start car and it sounds like the starter is just spinning like a electric motor sound. Is my starter toast?
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Old 12-22-2013, 01:10 PM   #2
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It can be fixed but you gotta get the starter out to do it. It's rusted. The term escapes me but the pinion is on a worm gear that slides out when the starter begins to spin. That worm gear is what's rusted. PB Blaster and some elbow grease and it will get going again.
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:51 PM   #3
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Wait so starter may be ok ??


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Old 12-22-2013, 07:53 PM   #4
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Ok went to start car and it sounds like the starter is just spinning like a electric motor sound. Is my starter toast?
Take off your cabin air filter housing your able to see the starter. I would maybe give it a knock and have someone start it and see what happens


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Old 12-22-2013, 07:53 PM   #5
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Regardless if it may be ok I wouldn't even question replacing it. Not easy to get at and not that expensive either. So while the old one is out. Put a new one in.


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Old 12-22-2013, 08:13 PM   #6
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It might be the actuator arm that moves the pinion gear, but it's not worth messing with it, just put on a new one.
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:54 PM   #7
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2 strikes.

An xi and a 2004.

My condolences.

A lot of folks replace the xi starters from the top, usually by pulling the intake.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:29 PM   #8
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2 strikes.

An xi and a 2004.

My condolences.

A lot of folks replace the xi starters from the top, usually by pulling the intake.
Yea I have a 03 330xi
At least I have a lift to make it easy so i don't have to remove anything


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Old 12-23-2013, 03:07 PM   #9
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You have an xi, have you been under the car to try and find the starter?
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:24 PM   #10
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You have an xi, have you been under the car to try and find the starter?
No I have no way to get it up in the air high enough to get under it.


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Old 12-23-2013, 03:24 PM   #11
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Its a real bitch to do but you don't need to removed the intake. Do some searching as someone posted about doing it. First you need to figure out if you even need a starter. It might be worth your while to pay a shop to diagnose and replace the starter. Its not an easy DIY job.
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:10 PM   #12
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The XI is no fun, one benefit if you DIY and decide to do it from the top, you can sort out ALL the CCV, vacuum line, DISA, intake boots and OFHG while you are at it!

If you can get the car on a lift, it will make things easier, but the last XI I looked at from underneath looked like not fun what so ever.
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:38 PM   #13
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First you need to figure out if you even need a starter. It might be worth your while to pay a shop to diagnose and replace the starter.
No, it might be worth your while to actually learn what the sounds of your car mean.

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Old 12-23-2013, 05:52 PM   #14
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No, it might be worth your while to actually learn what the sounds of your car mean.
Ok First off i'm not a mechanic nor do I pretend to be. Not sure if your trying to be arrogant or helpful
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:55 PM   #15
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Most of the people here are not mechanics or they probably would not need help. The site is about helping DIY'ers. A starter on one of these is not an easy job for a tech with a lift and a lot of tools. Techs whine when they have to do one. Its actually worth the labor charge to get it done at a shop. Especially if you need your car for transportation. Pulling the intake is a good way to put your car out of commission for a day or two. Another issue is the locating pin on the starter. In the north where they use salt and stuff on the roads they are usually seized into the bell housing. This causes more swearing and time to get it out and back in. If this is a spare car and you have the time to learn go for it. Otherwise get it done and bite the bullet on the labor.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:29 PM   #16
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Obviously they're not mechanics, that's why they come here. But for you to send them off to a mechanic makes absolutely no sense - especially when it's a job that can be done with basic hand tools.

And no, Arnezie, I wasn't directing my arrogance towards you, I was directing it at bmwbob.

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Ahh Mike. Spoken like a man who has not replaced one of these starters. Merry Christmas.
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And spoken like a man who's daunted by menial tasks.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:47 PM   #19
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I've been a BMW Tech for almost 40 years. Been there done that. Buy the way the starter part you could not think of is the bendix drive.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:50 PM   #20
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So in your old age, you've gotten lazy. That's all I see of you.
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