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dclancelot 02-23-2013 04:34 PM

Transfer Case Actuator Motor Help... After gear replacement
2005 e53 4.4i Auto ~99k miles

Initial problem: Started out with the classic trifecta of fault codes, DSC ABS & BRAKE and symptom of grating sound when I turn the vehicle off. Diagnosed as the transfer case actuator motor. I ordered a replacement gear and took the X5 to a local independent mechanic along with a DYI printout. After some persuasion they were able to get the motor apart to get to the gear which was definitely stripped. Everything went back together just fine.

Current problem: Now there is only one fault light which is an amber 4x4 indicating transfer case fault. Car runs fine. Just no AWD. ABS works fine. I think DSC requires AWD so not sure about DSC. Everything else seems fine with one exception of an occasional lurch forward when starting the vehicle. Mechanic said to take it to a dealer to get the fault code cleared and diagnosed further. I am concerned that the dealer will just say get a new TC.

I am looking for pointers. My experience with my local dealership is that they over diagnose things that the indy says is not an issue and want to throw on new parts and recommend service that is not needed. The problem is the the indy is stuck and do not have the right tool to reset or reprogram the TCA code or whatever that is required. HELP!

upallnight 02-23-2013 04:58 PM

Don't want to go to the stealer, look for another Indy that has the right equipment and knows what they are doing.

Rahulk 02-23-2013 05:01 PM

Stick the key in position 2 for a few minutes....(engine not running) Disconnect the battery for 30 min....

Tell us how it goes!

dclancelot 02-25-2013 07:18 AM

The battery disconnect did not clear the amber 4x4 warning light. Any other thoughts are welcome. Looking for an Indy in the central Massachusetts area that has experience with the x-drive BMW's.

rbelton 07-31-2016 07:33 PM

For anyone searching, here's the DIY for the transfer case gear:

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