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Short Circuit?

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No, I'm not Johnny 5 :D My lovely little beemer has developed the most annoying problem ever :lol:

I put my key in the engine, turn it, the usual lights come on, when I turn it up to position 2 to start the car, it cuts out, does not try to start, and the stereo/lights/clock etc all go out, as if there was a short circuit somewhere ;)

There are then some grinding type noises from the dash, for 30 seconds or so then nothing.

I then repeat the process, key in, turn etc and it usually starts first time!

Any idea why this happens? It drives me mad! I sometimes have to go to the boot, disconnect the battery and reconnect for it to work :)

I've recently replaced the battery, so its not that.

Any help would be amazing! Thanks :)

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Maybe it is the battery in the car, or the car doesn't like the key's electronics since you changed it?

Does the other key behave the same way?

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It could do,a bad solenoid will suck a load of current which is why all your electrics are starved of juice,when you say reboot does the clock loose it's time setting ?

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It could do,a bad solenoid will suck a load of current which is why all your electrics are starved of juice,when you say reboot does the clock loose it's time setting ?

Yes. All the status lights go off on the dash, the clock goes off, radio and blowers etc all switch off, then the grinding noise.

After the noise stops, the car seems to reset, the clock shows --:-- and the cd changer in the boot runs through the CD check routine. :lol:

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Could well be a started problem as Arif said, but I would also consider a bad connection at the battery either positive or negative could well do this also check the earth to the chassis :lol:

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