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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 06:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 58
Posted By timarnold
Normal cause of this is the Center Shaft Bearing,...

Normal cause of this is the Center Shaft Bearing, but it certainly could be other things.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-20-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 323
Posted By timarnold
Did you have the sensor replaced at the dealer's?...

Did you have the sensor replaced at the dealer's? If not, did they use an OEM sensor? There seem to be heaps of reports on this forum about non-OEM sensor reliability.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-19-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 235
Posted By timarnold
It does sound like the transmission is getting...

It does sound like the transmission is getting delayed shifting into a higher gear. When you take your foot off the gas, the speed would only slow down as fast as the car was decelerating. It just...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-19-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 167
Posted By timarnold
Sure sounds like it. The difficulty in engaging...

Sure sounds like it. The difficulty in engaging 1st is a sign that you are near the wear limit of the clutch disc. The pressure plate is so far forward that there isn't enough travel for the clutch...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-19-2014, 04:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 198
Posted By timarnold
No problem at all. Rightly or wrongly, however,...

No problem at all. Rightly or wrongly, however, it seems most people prefer to change oil at 7500 miles.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-19-2014, 04:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,969
Posted By timarnold
It doesn't take very much difference in tyre...

It doesn't take very much difference in tyre diameter to send the AWD system into a tizzy. That very well could be your problem. The statement about the Tranfer Case and Drive Shaft Calibrating...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-18-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 196
Posted By timarnold
I did have a very similar sounding problem with...

I did have a very similar sounding problem with my X3 and it was the ignition switch.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-17-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 196
Posted By timarnold
The difference is in principle of operation. In a...

The difference is in principle of operation. In a manual transmission, the oil is used as a lubricant for the gears and bearings. An automatic transmission is in fact a hydraulic motor driven by the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-17-2014, 05:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 132
Posted By timarnold
I have purchased the Sylvania low cost and the...

I have purchased the Sylvania low cost and the Sylvania high cost, extra bright H7 bulbs and honestly can't see a difference other than the extra bright ones didn't seem to last as long. Just go to...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-15-2014, 06:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 338
Posted By timarnold
I had the same issue and it wound up being the...

I had the same issue and it wound up being the starter switch. The only difference in the symptoms is I had the problem on an intermittent basis before it would no longer work.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-14-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 448
Posted By timarnold
There seem to be a lot of posts on the boards...

There seem to be a lot of posts on the boards expressing regret for purchasing non-OEM sensors. You may want to spend the extra money and get OEM.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-14-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 182
Posted By timarnold
The only way to fix it is to replace the...

The only way to fix it is to replace the thermostat. There is an internal heating element in the thermostat that apparently has failed. I had the same issue several years ago. It's a bit of a pain...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-14-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 405
Posted By timarnold
This is probably no comfort, but it could just be...

This is probably no comfort, but it could just be a glitch with in whatever brain turns that specific light on. For instance, on my car, the "Park Brake" light is perpetually illuminated even though...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-12-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 392
Posted By timarnold
Removing the Oil Filter Housing & the Alternator...

Removing the Oil Filter Housing & the Alternator will make it easier. I just had a lot of difficulty getting the pipe that goes up to the intake manifold routed with the insulation on it.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-11-2014, 01:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 392
Posted By timarnold
The only downside to the Cold Climate CCV is that...

The only downside to the Cold Climate CCV is that it is even a tighter fit to install. I wound up taking off my intake manifold and installing it off the car. It was still kind of tight.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-11-2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 262
Posted By timarnold
Hopefully there is no engine damage. Get the...

Hopefully there is no engine damage. Get the code read and start there. There are a number of things that can cause a clicking noise, it would be best to listen & try to determine from where the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-11-2014, 07:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 254
Posted By timarnold
The easiest way to get them loose is to loosed...

The easiest way to get them loose is to loosed all 5 lug nuts on each wheel but do not remove them. Drive the car forwards & backwards about 10 or 15 meters. This will break the wheels free. While...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-10-2014, 05:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 200
Posted By timarnold
Here are two possibilities that are pretty easy...

Here are two possibilities that are pretty easy to check:
1) It its possible that the battery is only marginally charged. It's really luck of the draw on new batteries as to their state of charge....
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-07-2014, 05:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 230
Posted By timarnold
You have a siezed U joint in the front...

You have a siezed U joint in the front driveshaft. This has possibly damaged the front seal in the transfer case, but it's possible that it's still ok. You can go online & find a number of good...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-06-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 90
Posted By timarnold
Actually just about any decent grease will be...

Actually just about any decent grease will be fine (something like wheel bearing grease, for example). All you are doing is preventing fretting corrosion and the splines rusting onto the flange.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-06-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By timarnold
It may be worth trying reseting the transmission...

It may be worth trying reseting the transmission "self learning" values. As I recall, the sequence is: 1) With the ignition off, press the accelerator to the floor. 2) Turn the igniion to the "On"...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-04-2014, 05:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 185
Posted By timarnold
I was able to remove the Wiper Arms by using the...

I was able to remove the Wiper Arms by using the wiper arm as a lever & rocking it back & forth and walking it off of the spindle. It was really tight, but this seemed to work. As to the cowl, you...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-01-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By timarnold
UncleJ is very possibly correct about the battery...

UncleJ is very possibly correct about the battery cable maybe being loose. The posts on some batteries have a slightly different taper than the cable lug and it's easy for it to not be seated...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-31-2014, 05:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 389
Posted By timarnold
Actually, E83 refers to the body style (1st...

Actually, E83 refers to the body style (1st generation X3). The motor in it is the M54. It is a very good engine, powerful, efficient & reliable. The Crankcase Ventilation System & the Cooling...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 10-30-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 389
Posted By timarnold
If you look through the forums for all of the...

If you look through the forums for all of the BMWs that use the M54 engine, you will se that 3200 miles on a quart of oil is actually pretty good for oil consumption. Apparently there really isn't...
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