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Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 10-28-2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 305
Posted By james.e30
If the battery will only get to a 68% charge then...

If the battery will only get to a 68% charge then you need a new battery. The minimum specs for CCA for the 3.0 is 640. It's fairly common for the battery and alternator to fail together. A fault...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 09-04-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 266
Posted By james.e30
Disconnecting the ball joints won't require an...

Disconnecting the ball joints won't require an alignment as long as you leave the bushing ends connected. However, depending on how many miles you have on the suspension you may want to replace the...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 08-28-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 245
Posted By james.e30
Check www.realoem.com . You will need the...

Check www.realoem.com . You will need the production date from your car.
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 08-12-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 323
Posted By james.e30
The Bentley manual has always been my go-to. It...

The Bentley manual has always been my go-to. It is a massive and heavy book, but I usually make a copy of the pages I will need for a job and take those into the garage, so I'm not fumbling with the...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 07-22-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 447
Posted By james.e30
Worn front end suspension components will cause...

Worn front end suspension components will cause vibration under braking. If you haven't replaced the lower control arm bushings by now (@ 138k) they are probably worn. If you stick your head under...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 07-17-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 384
Posted By james.e30
I'm not sure about your error code, that isn't an...

I'm not sure about your error code, that isn't an on-board diagnostic code. It sounds like your aux fan is bad, it's a common failure. A bad fan would cause your A/C to stop cooling when the car is...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 07-15-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 384
Posted By james.e30
Do you have a check engine light on? Can you post...

Do you have a check engine light on? Can you post the P-code if so?
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 07-13-2014, 10:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 449
Posted By james.e30
Those codes are for the pre-catalyst oxygen...

Those codes are for the pre-catalyst oxygen sensors. Check the wiring harness for both sensors and make sure it isn't melted or damaged, but you probably will need two new sensors.
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 07-07-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 449
Posted By james.e30
The thermostat is a very common failure for these...

The thermostat is a very common failure for these cars, but aside from impaired emissions and possibly reduced fuel economy it won't impact the performance of the engine. The code is telling you that...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 07-07-2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 449
Posted By james.e30
You need a new thermostat and you need to replace...

You need a new thermostat and you need to replace both of the oxygen sensors located right next to the engine on the exhaust manifold. The code P0014 is the exhaust camshaft position sensor, you...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 05-05-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 245
Posted By james.e30
When does it squeak? When going over bumps, when...

When does it squeak? When going over bumps, when cornering? Can you replicate with the car parked?
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 04-26-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 321
Posted By james.e30
I suppose it could be a coil, is the check engine...

I suppose it could be a coil, is the check engine lamp on along with the emissions warning? Either way it sounds like you need to take it somewhere to have it diagnosed. Please let us know what you...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 04-25-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 318
Posted By james.e30
Wait until you see what they charge for a major...

Wait until you see what they charge for a major service!

I don't think I've paid less than $100 for an alignment in the last 10 years, even at a local shop.
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 04-25-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 318
Posted By james.e30
My dealer charges $185 for an alignment, which is...

My dealer charges $185 for an alignment, which is reasonable. Any alignment shop will be able to do the work, but remember to have them align all 4 wheels.
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 04-24-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 321
Posted By james.e30
It would be helpful if you could pull the codes,...

It would be helpful if you could pull the codes, that would help narrow down the reason for the light. Also, look over the air/vacuum lines for cracks or leaks.
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-28-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,460
Posted By james.e30
I had to get 2 new keys for my X5 last year. They...

I had to get 2 new keys for my X5 last year. They hadn't been working for a while, but then the door lock broke while it was parked at the house, which resulted in me having to drill out and replace...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 03-11-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 361
Posted By james.e30
I think it's normal. My wife had a similar...

I think it's normal. My wife had a similar complaint when we first bought our X5. My solution for her was to stop driving like a maniac when the roads were wet. ;)

The AWD is always on, the clunk...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 02-24-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 570
Posted By james.e30
I sent you a PM with a download link.

I sent you a PM with a download link.
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 02-24-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 570
Posted By james.e30
I used a local head shop. You will probably need...

I used a local head shop. You will probably need to find a dedicated machine shop, not a mechanic. This isn't an endorsement, but I found these guys on Google (http://www.doverorlando.com/) and it...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 02-24-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 570
Posted By james.e30
I took mine to a local machine shop. It cost $15...

I took mine to a local machine shop. It cost $15 each to get the new bushings pressed in. I'm not sure you will be able to get enough torque with a handheld press to get those suckers out.

What's...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 01-05-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 399
Posted By james.e30
Common locations for leaks.

Check the rubber boot for the wiring harness located at the top of the rear hatch when open. If that is intact and inplace pop off the taillights and check their gaskets. Good luck, it can be a pain...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 11-17-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 373
Posted By james.e30
I don't have any direct experience with either of...

I don't have any direct experience with either of these, and my experience is that everyone will have a different opinion based on their experience and driving preference.

That being said, I...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 11-16-2013, 11:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,121
Posted By james.e30
Yes. The computer will manage a cold start...

Yes. The computer will manage a cold start differently than it would a hot start. Your timing (VANOS) is probably incorrect for the condition of the engine, which would explain the misfire code and...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 11-15-2013, 01:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,121
Posted By james.e30
It looks like P112B is a Coolant Temperature...

It looks like P112B is a Coolant Temperature Sensor code. That would explain your wonky temperature readings. Check the electrical connections to the sensor, if that doesn't do it you may have to...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 10-20-2013, 11:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 524
Posted By james.e30
Sounds reasonable.

I just did that work on mine. Parts were $400 and it took probably 5-6 hours (they should be faster :)). So I'd say that sounds reasonable.

The alignment should be done after they replace the...
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