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    afternoon folks,
    my 318 has been stood over winter and obviously the battery has drained.
    so been out there today to get to get it fired up again to get it ready for spring.
    put some jump leads on it from my other car, straight away the boot light came on and so did the dash lights when i flicked the ignition on.
    tried to start it a couple of times but not enough life in the battery to turn it over, so i left it a while to get some charge.
    next time i looked there were no interior light, no boot light and when i flicked the ignition on, nothing!
    so seems to me its blown a fuse somewhere? although ive checked the fuses under the bonnet and all look fine, also one in the boot beside the battery is fine too.
    soo, has anyone got any ideas whats popped? could it possibly be the battery is completely dead and not holding a charge?
    its typical, i was right in the mood to get her polished up ready for the spring, now im fiddling around under the bonnet!
    any information, advice, tips would be greatly appreciated
    thanks
    Dell
     
     

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    Id give the battery a proper charge mate. Or try another battery.
     
     

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    ive just looked at the battery on my other car, its a 80aH bettery and the one on the bmw is a 72aH, is that likely to have blown something? fuses?, relay? ...................... ECU? (eeekk).
    but thats the only other battery ive got access to so dont wanna try it on the bmw incase it really would blow something!
    i have a battery charger but unfortunately its in my garage, at my other house, 40 miles away!
    would it be safe putting a 80aH battery on the bmw, anyone?
    cheers
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    You can put any current battery in as long as its 12v, the car will only draw however much current it needs

    Did you use the jump start points under the bonnet or direct to the battery and how thick jump leads were you using?
     
     

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    direct to the battery in the boot, didnt know there was jump points under the bonnet? is that that little box on the drivers side with a red cover? it seems to be on a main power cable (red).
    jump leads arnt much cop, id say about 10mm thick. only ones i have unfortunately

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    Quote Originally Posted by dell View Post
    direct to the battery in the boot, didnt know there was jump points under the bonnet? is that that little box on the drivers side with a red cover? it seems to be on a main power cable (red).
    jump leads arnt much cop, id say about 10mm thick. only ones i have unfortunately

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    Theres a risk of spikes damaging the ECU if you don't use the jump points under the bonnet. Try the battery from your other car it'll work, think the battery in your vert is too goosed to do anything.
     
     

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