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i3 makes a loud noise and won't move after battery dies

Thu Jan 13, 2022 5:01 pm

The battery on my 2014 i3 rex died a week or so ago and I just replaced it with an OEM battery today.

Initially it would stay stuck in Neutral and wouldn't go into drive or park. After registering the battery via Bimmerlink and cycling through the charging actions (releasing the charger door, plugging the charger in, charging for a bit, and stopping), it now lets me move it into drive and park but it makes an incredibly loud noise in the rear of the vehicle for about 3-4 seconds and then stops. The dash gives me a drivetrain error and the noise sounds like the whole vehicle is stuck.

Has anyone experienced this? I'm hoping not to take this to the dealership if it can be helped.

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Re: i3 makes a loud noise and won't move after battery dies

Tue Jan 18, 2022 9:51 pm

Was the OEM 12V battery charged when you installed it? If not, its voltage may be low enough to cause random errors.

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