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#298 of 685 2001 BMW X5 4.4i
May 15, 2005 (4:54 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 685 Re: 2001 BMW X5 4.4i [smokin42]
May 15, 2005 (3:46 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
May 20, 2005 (10:14 am)
Thanks for your suggestion. I didn't even think to check the fronts by going forward and getting close to an object, though I haven't heard anything yet...
I called my local tech and he said I should bring it in to get it tested at the dealer.
#301 of 685 Re: More help from [cefus]
May 22, 2005 (4:59 am)
Thank you so much for you help! You must work with BMW's.
I will try to bring the new coolant level sensor back before I would buy yours.
We are wondering about the coolant level sensor. It is a reed valve. Should the valve be open or closed when you look at it. Is there a way to test it with a volt meter?
On my last post on the message board I posted that we went to Advance Auto and they reset the Service Engine Soon light. Since then the SES light has come back on. I have not had a chance to go back to AA to see if we get the same codes. Is it possible to clean the O2 sensors so they will work better? Are the O2 sensors easy to get too? You said two of them are behind the CAT. Where are the other two?
The climate control fan motor speed will run fast or slow at random at any time. It does not matter if the X5 is at idle or driving 45 mph.
My climate control fan motor seems to cycle through the speed settings at random every one or two seconds. It will stop and try to re start at a different speeds over and over again. Sometimes we can hear a relay kicking in under the dash. It almost sounds like a faint drum or clicking noise as it kicks in and out. It must be a bad relay or something is bad that controls the relay. It will work this way if it is in AUTO or manual mode. The blower motor sounds fine. If the fan motor has four settings it seems like someone is trying to turn the motor on and off in all of the different settings at random
Where can I find a used Boush telescoping steering wheel motor? The motor that I have had bad brushes and would not work. My father found new brushes and ground them down to get them to fit. We don't really know how long the motor will work. We were unable to find a junk yard with a BMW. I know they use that same motor in just about every newer BMW with a telescoping steering wheel.
Thank you so much for your time and help,
Have a great day!
#302 of 685 Re: More help from [x5x5x5]
May 27, 2005 (3:33 am)
I can get you a free coolant sensor to you if you email your name and address
as for the O2 sensors ,no you can not clean them, they have to be replaced,(if they are defective) the other 2 O2 are located in front of the Cat, on each side of the exhaust manifold I believe. O2 are really cheap to replace, but check the codes again at AA before doing that.
IT sounds like you have a bad IHKA(climate Control) about the only way to find out is take it to a dealer, they will replace it and recode it for you.
As for the steering column motor I did have one, let me try to find it for you. If not you may have to go to the dealer (sorry)
PS I watch X5 and Z4s get made every workday.....mmmmm
#303 of 685 Re: More help from [cefus]
May 28, 2005 (12:11 pm)
I sent an e-mail to your hotmail account. Please let me know if you received it.
We were able to fix the climate control blower motor by replacing the Final Stage Unit. I found great information on the x5world.com site on how to replace it.
It seems like the low coolant sensor is working OK, the little reed sensor will open and close when we put a magnet close to the sensor. The BMW computer is still saying the coolant level is low. Is it possible for the magnet on the bottom of the bobber inside the coolant reservoir to fall off? We think the sensor is working but we could be wrong. Is there a magnet that makes the sensor open and close? I heard there was a recall on the low coolant reservoir issue.
I went to Advance Auto twice and ran an OBD 2 test and both times it said “banks 1 and 2 are running lean”. I heard a loose gas cap or dip stick can cause the service engine soon light to come on. Would you buy used O2 sensors and install them? I understand the O2 sensors are covered under the 8yr/80,000 mile warranty.
We are still looking for a telescoping steering wheel motor. The motor we have had bad brushes.
I am also looking for navigation CD’s for the navigation system.
Thank you for your help!
#304 of 685 Re: More help from [x5x5x5]
May 29, 2005 (6:34 pm)
Sorry plz resend it and put "BMW X5" in the subject field,may have accidently erased it, also you can make your email available also. Thks
#305 of 685 re: Brake Lining Message
Jun 02, 2005 (1:16 am)
I have a 2001 3.0 X5 with 52,000 miles on it. I got the check brake lining message and called the dealer to find out how much to replace. He told me $500 an axle because the rotors also needed to be replaced. Is the dealer lying to me? I have a 1990 Honda Accord with over 150,000 miles that has never need the rotors replaced, just pads. Thanks for any information about this problem.
#306 of 685 re: Brake Lining Message [tucson18]
Jun 02, 2005 (3:29 am)
If your brakes are worn down and you keep driving you will need rotors, I, myself , have a truck that has over 200K miles on it and all I have ever done was brake pads.
But back to your issue.......if the rotors are in good shape I would go ahead and get new brakewear isenors and replace them yourself. should be 2 of them, 1 on front left and 1 rear right(if memory serves me well) Take the tire off and you will see the (brown, i think on your model)wire going to the brake caliper in the middle and it should go back to a small black plastic box that snaps together, make sure the ignition switch is off, disconnect and replace them, if for any reason your brake wear light does come on don't worry drive it around for a few miles and it should reset, hope that helps
#307 of 685 re: Brake Lining Message [cefus]
Jun 02, 2005 (8:59 am)
I spoke to a BMW mechanics and he told me that the rotors were intentionally thin to save weight on the car...hence the need to change the rotors with the pads at 50K miles. The break wear sensor replacement is a good idea for anything under 50K. Thanks for the quick reply.