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  1. 1994 318is e36 coupe battery problem 
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    Right yesterday I went out to the garage and started the car like I do every couple of days as I fixing her up ready for when i get my licence back the car starts first time every time and I let it run for half hour or so every time but yesterday I started it as normal but I turnt her off after 15 min as it ran out petrol so I put more in and went to turn it over and all I got was a click so I was wondering if it's a battery or alternator problem
     
     

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    Charge the battery - Try again.

    But this time, give the car a run, don't just let it idle !

    Letting the car just sit there at idle for periods of time is no good for the engine or battery !
     
     

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    Following on from Ferrets top advice here are a few basic battery principles...

    Starting a car from cold is the hardest thing the battery has to do. Starting a car from cold in the cold weather is ever harder work for the battery.

    After starting from cold the car needs a good run, ideally at above urban traffic speeds to give the battery a chance to recover.

    The amount of miles you need to do varies depending on the load. For example....

    Starting a 6 cyl car from cold in winter, and then running the car with lights, heater, wipers etc you'd probably need a least a 10 mile run to give the alternator a chance of giving the battery some juice back.

    Starting a 4 cyl car in summer with nothing but the radio on you'd probably put most of the juice back in 3 miles.

    These mileages are not exact but you get the principle.

    Starting and running your car every day on the drive in winter and letting it run for a few mins will discharge the battery very quickly, new or old.

    I would recommend you start the car less but make sure you give it a run, or at least rev it above idle for a good 10 mins to put something back. Inbetween times get a good battery conditioner.

    You could also read this...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_battery
     
     

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    Ok but I can't drive it as I'm doing it up and the car hasn't got any bumpers or bonnet as it's being prep for spraying
     
     

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    So charge the battery, and leave it off the car !

    Or if you need to leave it on the car, then charge it up occasionally to keep it good

    Just don't leave it idling !
     
     

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    thanks for the advice i will only use it when getting it out of the garage cheers
     
     

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    Even that could be quite bad for the battery and engine - If your starting the car, moving it out the garage, and stopping the engine again, then chances are, your leaving a load of unburnt petrol in the cylinders, which in the worst case scenario could cause bore wash !

    If your not using the car for prolonged periods at a time, then push the car out the garage, or go for a run (But I appreciate this is not so much of an option !)

    The bottom line of it is, stop starting the engine, until the car (and you) are back on the road !
     
     

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