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BMW X5, Auto Body, Engine, Suspension, SUV
#290 of 678 Re: homeouner [cefus]
Apr 27, 2005 (7:59 pm)
Thank you for your e-mail.
I have a 2001 BMW X 5.
We were able to replace the brushes on the electric telescoping steering wheel motor. We just re-installed it tonight.
We were wondering if you can really twist off that sensor under the coolant reservoir with our spilling coolant?
I have a service engine soon light on. What are the most common causes for that light to go on? I read in the manual an emissions problem usually makes that dash light go on.
Is there a way to diagnose a problem with BMW's. I had a Jeep that you would turn on and off the key three times and a dash light would blink a code to notify someone of a problem. Does the X5 have a similar function?
How hard would it be to upgrade the navigation system to a DVD system?
My fan motor in the climate control seems to cycle up and down with no
reason when it is running. Even if the AUTO mode is running or if it is set on manual.
Thank you for all of your help.
#291 of 678 Re: homeouner [x5x5x5]
May 03, 2005 (8:07 pm)
Ok folks here I go Yes you can change out the coolant level sensor with out worry of loosing any fluid,its in a sperate area in the tank.
The service engine light (are you sure its not the oil service light?) either way you really should go have it looked at,if you can go by auto zone and have them run an OBD check on it, have them tell you what it means and maybe we can go from there. As for the Jeep trick, your instrument cluster will flash any errors that it may get.
The nav system and the dvd are two different systems you can not upgrade them together
Fan motor in your climate control (aka IHKA,as we call it) If this fan noise is bothering you go have it replaced,
someone also asked about a CD unit install,that you had a DSP, the cd changer will have a 4 pin connector that fits into it and a coax cable that goes from the cd player to the amp, I hope this helps as for it being a older model i'm alittle rusty.
PS your X5 was made in Greer SC
#292 of 678 Re: DEAD BATTERY [jetthomas]
May 03, 2005 (8:13 pm)
Check the fuses in the right rear of your X5, pull the radio one out there and reinstall it. The radio may have went into sleep mode and not awoke yet.
#293 of 678 Re: More help from [cefus]
May 04, 2005 (6:52 pm)
Thank you for your information about my X5. You are a very kind soul.
With the Low Coolant Level code we jumpered the sensor like you said and the code went away. We figured the grey elbow looking sensor was bad. We bought a new sensor and the Low Coolant Level code came back. Is there something we need to reset? We unplugged the sensor with out a jumper and the code came back. The new coolant sensor could be bad also? Please let us know what you think we should do next.
We went to Advanced Auto and ran a OBD II test on my X5. It said that bank 1 was running lean and bank 2 was running lean. The guy at AA said maybe someone ran your car out of gas which caused the service engine soon light to turn on. He turned off the SES light and we will see if it will come back on. Am I doing the right thing with this issue? The guy at AA said you might need to replace all 4 O2 sensors. I don't want to do that if I don't need too.
The fan motor in my climate control sounds fine, the problem is that it will run slow or fast on its own if it is in the AUTO mode or the manual mode. When it is on the AUTO setting it will make the speed of the blower motor randomly go fast or slow. Like someone is turning the blower motor up for one minute and than it will turn down for two minutes and it will do this at random. Have you ever seen this type of activity before?
Thank you for your help!
#295 of 678 Re: More help from [x5x5x5]
May 12, 2005 (5:34 am)
Apparently my last post got deleted somehow,
Did you plase the sensor into the tank area where it needs to go and test it or did you connect it up and leave it hanging and checked it. It needs to be inside to work, if its in and its possible you did get a bad unit, they are fragil things as you can see.
Dont do anything with you O2 for now wait and see if the SES comes back on, then we will go from there.
As for your console motor do you have a fan in the center console that blows air to the rear seats? Does the fan change speeds when its only park or will it do it when you drive or only when the car is moving?
#296 of 678 X5 oil consumption?
May 14, 2005 (8:29 am)
After 8000 miles since the last oil change, the oil indicator came on . The dealer said it needed about 3 quarts of oil. The 1993 X5 has about 40K total on it. Is it normal that the oil level drops that much?
#297 of 678 New Kid on the block
May 14, 2005 (5:58 pm)
I'm looking at a 1 owner "01" X5 with about 116K. It appears to have been taken care of just, a few chips hear and there. I also have a mint "88" 325 that I have have my own personal BMW guy maintain. I'm gonna take the X5 to him for a quick inspection tomorrow (5/15/05). Is there anything he should check out first? He really only does cars, but I'm sure he can handle trucks.
PS Great site.
#298 of 678 2001 BMW X5 4.4i
May 15, 2005 (5:54 am)
I have just purchased a Used '01 X5, 4.4i. So far it is a nice vehicle and replaces my '98 540i which I just can't seem to part with.
The X5 has a number of options and I am trying to get my arms around them. I have a number of questions, and if you can help in any way, I would greatly appreciate it.
1) My X5 has a NAV system and sometimes I can input the city, street and street number, and sometimes I can only put in the city. Any idea why this happens? Does it only let you put in the full location when you are at a complete stop?
2) When I look at the NAV display, it has a feature called Memo. I can go into settings and turn it on and off, but I have no clue what it is. I've read the manuals inside and out to no avail explaining its function.
3) I don't have the DSP feature. Is it a hardware or software upgrade?
4) My PDC emits a long tone when I put the car in reverse, and the light on the button flashes. I've heard this is normal when I sensor problem is detected. I've taken all eight (8) PDC sensors out and cleaned them. None of them appear to be damaged in any way. Is there a OHM test I can do on them to see if I can isolate the problem, or is there another possible problem with the system?
5) Technical Service Bulletins. Where can I find them on the web? I tried the Autozone site and it showed me a long list of them for the '01 X5, but when I tried to sign up for them, it didn't list BMW as an option. I can call Autozone to find out why, but if anyone knows where I can get them for free, I would greatly appreciate it.
If you can help with anyone of these questions, I would greatly appreciate it. This is my first time logging into a forum like this. Hopefully I can get some answers.
#299 of 678 Re: 2001 BMW X5 4.4i [smokin42]
May 15, 2005 (4:46 pm)
I believe the DSP is both a hardware and software.
PDC should come on when you put it in reverse, try it in forward and see if the light flashes then, if it does then you may have a bad pdc sensor. There is no way of telling which one is bad unless you unplug and replace it until the light stays green, someone at the dealership could put it on the DIS machine and it will tell them which one it is.
As for the memo button can't say I remember what it does either