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Old 10-25-2013, 06:20 AM
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X5 Speedometer not working

My2006 X5 has been having some electrical problems the past few days. My battery mysteriously died 2 days ago, had it jumped, everything worked fine. The next day when I went to start my car the instrument panel wasn't working at all. I replaced the instrument panel fuze and that fixed everything except the speedometer. Is there another fuze I should check for the speedo? I tried checking other fuzes that I thought where related but no luck. No lights/warnings come on the dash.
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:30 AM
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Usually jumping the car is not a great idea as the current surge could damage other sensors. I would suggest checking the battery voltage first. If it is less than 12V then you may need to replace the battery first. As the battery weakens it shuts down modules as a protective measure.
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Old 10-25-2013, 06:46 AM
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Might just be coincident, the wheel speed sensor that control the speedometer went bad.

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Old 10-25-2013, 06:59 AM
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Alright, ill have to run out and get volt meter. If thats not the case ill have to get the wheel speed sensor checked.
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:06 AM
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Ditto...the speedometer receives it's info from the left wheel speed sensor...which sends data to the ABS control module...which then forwards that data to the IKE (instrument cluster electronics).

If you would have mentioned you had other warnings (ABS/DSC/Traction Control/etc)...it could be the signs of an ABS module beginning to fail. But since you say there's no other warning and the speedometer is not registering anything...then that points in the direction that the initial signal (from the rear left wheel speed sensor) is not sending data. I'd check there first...and "check" doesn't necessarily mean spend money replacing it...but test it to see if it is sending data first (before replacing it).

If you do a google search for "BMW trifecta Bluebee"...you should find one of her exhaustive posts on how to test the speed sensors and ABS module for this common malady found on the e39/e53/e46/e38.

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