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Serious problems in M5 land(long story) (archive)

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Posted by James Hartline on September 23, 2001 at 19:13:50:

Well, after installing my clutch, for the second time, my car decided to die on me later that evening. I finished the job around 11:00 lastnight, got cleaned-up, and everything was good to go. I went to Seattle for the evening, drove roughly 50 miles throughout the whole night. Everything was going good till I was on my way hope until I was about 10 minutes away from my house. The car started making this constant ticking noise, RPM related, and this time it had nothing to do with the clutch. The ticking got to the point where I could hear it over the stereo as I tried to gently limp it home. After leaving a light, the car completely came to a screaching halt the second I went into 2nd gear. I tried to start the car, and nothing would happen, and I know the battery is completely charged. My problem is that I don't have any idea what could have caused this, but I am assuming that it is something major since the car won't even turn over. Any ideas before I turn it into an exchange parts car for others on the board? I am starting another job on Tuesday, and this couldn't of happened at a worse time, so I am hoping someone can shed some light on what happened at if it would be feasible for me to fix it.

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