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Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 12-09-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 505
Posted By Mike Gardner
'01 X5 Front Differential Rebuild/Repair Kit/Parts?

Does anyone know where I can get parts to rebuild or repair a front differential? Mine makes a clinking sound when I let off the gas. This suggests either wear in the gears, bearings, or...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 12-09-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,947
Posted By Mike Gardner
Wgong X5 - That's a pretty clean look. What...

Wgong X5 - That's a pretty clean look. What model is that, how much and do the steering wheel controls work? Lastly, where did you get it?

Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 12-09-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 639
Posted By Mike Gardner
Yes - Big Difference between E53 & E39 Steering Feel

I have an E46, E53 and E39 and there is a noticeable difference between the E46/E39 and the E53. The E53 is tight like most BMWs but is a heavier feel to turn. I have driven 3 or 4 different E53s...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 11-25-2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,183
Posted By Mike Gardner
Transmission Fluid Change

I have replaced the fluid and filter in my car three times. It now has 215K miles on it and seems to be running strong. There are several DIYs on replacing the fluid. Some will tell you not to...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 11-11-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,430
Posted By Mike Gardner
It can also be something as simple as the battery...

It can also be something as simple as the battery has reached the end of its life. My car (2001 3.0 X5 too) had this problem. It just died. Turns out if the battery does not have enough juice (and...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 09-21-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 387
Posted By Mike Gardner
Tap Wrench

There is a special tool and you can use the screwdriver and wrench trick as mentioned above. You can also just use a wrench, which often works. If you put the wrench on the nut and tap it with a...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 06-02-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,465
Posted By Mike Gardner
Delet Old Threads that No long have Value

We should have a system to remove threads like this that have no real value. There's no reason to have them on the system anymore once a year or two pass. I'm not criticizing the original thread but...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 06-02-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 378
Posted By Mike Gardner
Same Part

The level sensor are the same. If you go to RealOEM.com and punch in the last 7 of you VIN you can look up the part number. It's a useful site. Check it out to confirm my assessment of them being the...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 06-02-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,126
Posted By Mike Gardner
I would look at your wheel speed sensors. If...

I would look at your wheel speed sensors. If your brakes act funny it may be your ABS turning on because it doesn't see one of the wheels turning and turns on the ABS to try to match the wheel...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 01-23-2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 90,053
Posted By Mike Gardner
I have 204,000 miles on my 2001 X5 and have...

I have 204,000 miles on my 2001 X5 and have changed the fluid and filter 3 times. I use the recommended fluid that you can get at O'Reilly's for about $16 per liter. I don't do a full flush because...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 01-23-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 37,121
Posted By Mike Gardner
2001 X5 3.0 - Bought in April 2004 with 42,000...

2001 X5 3.0 - Bought in April 2004 with 42,000 miles. NOW - 204,000

Work - Both front axles (CV joints went bad), all front end parts (they wear), brake rotors and pads X 3, water pump X 2,...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 01-23-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,325
Posted By Mike Gardner
Replaced my DISA a few weeks ago and checked the...

Replaced my DISA a few weeks ago and checked the vacuum pot -- Bad. Put a vacuum on it to confirm it didn't work. So while it may not be common for the vacuum pot to go out, it did on mine.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-06-2013, 02:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,239
Posted By Mike Gardner
Pentosin ATF1

I have also used the Pentosin ATF1. It is listed as the replacement for the Esso LT71141 factory fill which no one can find and is fully synthetic. I have used it in my 323CI, X5 and 540I. Good...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-22-2013, 11:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 918
Posted By Mike Gardner
I can't find it

I have a leak on my 540i and can't seem to find exactly where it is. I used dye and it seems to be somewhere on the drivers side above the engine mount bracket. Have you any suggestions?

Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-12-2013, 05:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,069
Posted By Mike Gardner
Trans fluid/filter change not hard

I have changed the filter and transmission fluid on all three of my bimmers. I have changed the X5 3.0 filter/fluid twice. It is not hard but I suggest you make sure you have the right...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-11-2013, 06:56 PM
Replies: 686
Views: 345,029
Posted By Mike Gardner
180,000 and now noting something

I have a 2000 323Ci with auto. I changed the fluid and filter twice before but I guess it's time to do it again. It seems as though first gear is slipping so I am going to change out the fluid and...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 01-06-2013, 09:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,530
Posted By Mike Gardner
Ditto on the Conti DWS Extreme Contacts

I too like the Continental DWS Extreme Contacts. Nice tires, good handling, good ride.
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 07-11-2012, 03:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 857
Posted By Mike Gardner
Blew My A/C? Blew Pressure

My wife was complaining about the A/C in my 01 X5 not being cold enough. I topped off the freon in the system last year and I thought it worked fine, but to please my wife I got some more freon and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-16-2012, 06:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,061
Posted By Mike Gardner
Simple test. Swap one ingition coil for another...

Simple test. Swap one ingition coil for another and then run the car. If it's the ignition coil (which it sound like it is) you will start getting an error code for the other cylinder. I keep a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-17-2011, 09:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,358
Posted By Mike Gardner
Conti Extrem Contact DWS

I found the Continental Extreme Contact DWS tires to be very nice. I have had them on my 540 for 6 months and I am very happy with all aspect. They seem to be wearing well, handle great and a...
Forum: 5 Series DIY 07-08-2011, 08:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 874
Posted By Mike Gardner
Check the fan

One of the things I've noticed is the fan in front of the engine should turn on shortly after you turn on the A/C. If it doesn't the problem could be this fan. I believe it is also controlled by a...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 10-03-2010, 10:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 12,812
Posted By Mike Gardner
Front Left Drive Axle -- Not Transfer Case

I checked things out further and found it to be the front left axle CV joint. Naturally I found this out after half dismantling the car (just kidding). I pulled both axles and prepared to pull the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-03-2010, 09:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,932
Posted By Mike Gardner
Weld, Drill - Use

I would probably take it to a shop with a good welder and machinist. I would have the welder fill the hole with a solid piece of metal and then have the machinist first center drill and the drill to...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 08-07-2010, 08:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 12,812
Posted By Mike Gardner
How to Remove/Rebuild Transfer Case

It appears as though my transfer case is bad (crunching sound) and I need to rebuild it (or take is apart and buy a rebuilt one). Anyone have ideas/instructions with pictures on how to do it. I...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 08-06-2010, 12:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,759
Posted By Mike Gardner
Car is still drivable

P.S. I can still drive it (or it was still driving when I parked it), so I haven't lost all control.

Still looking for suggestions/help.


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