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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 08-29-2013, 07:17 PM
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Traction control light

I may have the nomenclature wrong but it's the arrow with the
Circle around it.
When I hit a big bump or crest a hill fast I sometimes get a quick flash
of the light. Seems to happen when I am getting a little light on the wheels.
Mind you, I am not out there catching air!!!!
Just when I hit a intersection a little fast sometimes I get a light.

Seems like the system is a little too sensitive.
What is the light suppose to come on?

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Old 08-29-2013, 07:34 PM
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That's just your mommy saying you're mis-behaving...ignore her like usual or turn her off, but then you'll have to put-up with the constant blinking
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:19 AM
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Struts blown out? wheels flopping around..
your traction is probably doing its job..

Its picking up some slippage of the wheel.. or lost of exciter ring single
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How good are your rear tiers?
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:25 AM
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It is the DSC warning light

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Originally Posted by AV8R4AA View Post
I may have the nomenclature wrong but it's the arrow with the
Circle around it.
When I hit a big bump or crest a hill fast I sometimes get a quick flash
of the light. Seems to happen when I am getting a little light on the wheels.
Mind you, I am not out there catching air!!!!
Just when I hit a intersection a little fast sometimes I get a light.

Seems like the system is a little too sensitive.
What is the light suppose to come on?

2000 BMW 528it
It means the system was activated.It is normal on occasional times DSC has to be invoked. such as even mildly slick road services and very frequently in snow /ice roads. As suggested you might want to check your tires,it is possible if tire wear is uneven between the four wheels, DSC might be more sensitive.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:30 AM
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I have 4 nearlyl new Conti DSW tires.
It's not the rubber, dry roads here in Texas.
New shocks and struts.
The car is in excellent mechanical condition.
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Re: Traction control light

Then take it easy on the gas.

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