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Old 07-09-2014, 12:11 AM
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Mein Auto: 2007 x3
GUIDE: Disabling Xdrive to make RWD only

So my x3 finally succumbed to the dreaded transfer case actuator failure and the constant 40% of the torque to the front made the steering wheel feel heavy. Since the AWD was messed up I decided to figure out how to just disable it entirely.


FOR 2007+ X3 All you have to is pull fuse #26 and viola RWD car; another added perk you will no longer hear the clicking noise from the actuator after turning off the car because it's disabled!

For Years before 2007 it might be fuse 20 or 26 look at link at end of post.

DISCLAIMER: My X3 was only intermittently spitting out the triad of lights. This will make the triad permanent, if your triad is permanent you will see no additional warning lights.


It will throw shadow codes if read by an OBD reader to remove them look at link at bottom.

Until my new gear comes in for the actuator this is how I'll roll, hopefully i'll get better MPGs!

Note: on pavement I found it hard to break traction to prove to myself it was in RWD, I'd recommend trying on grass or gravel with absolutely nothing close to hit.

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Old 08-11-2014, 05:07 PM
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So in my 2006 there are like 6 fuses noted under DSC. There is one big main 40amp fuse on the list. I assume if I pull this I'll have no DSC or ABS? I'm just trying to determine if anything bad and long term would occur? I just want to disable AWD for about 30 minutes for some troubleshooting of lurching.
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