My car won’t start, and I hope I can get some clues as to what might be the problem before I call a tow truck/trek out to a gas station/set it on fire:
The starter turns, and it’ll go wah-wah-wah-GRNNG-wah-wah-GRNNG-wah-wah-GRNNG-wah-wah, etc. This started when I was trying to get to Thanksgiving dinner, and I haven’t been able to drive since. It doesn’t seem to be a battery issue, because I have one of those portable jumping batteries and that didn’t help. I wonder if it had something to do with the sub-zero temperature that day (I just moved to Ohio from California last year, and don’t know anything about keeping my car running in cold weather), but I tried starting it again this week when it was 10 degrees Celsius out and still no dice. I was also kind of low on fuel the last time the car moved.
What might be going on and what should I do? I’m a broke student in the middle of exams and it’s freezing out, so I can’t really experiment to figure it out. It’s a 1994 BMW 5-series.