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Old 12-06-2016, 07:11 AM
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3 lights come on (4x4, ABS and Brake) replaced transfer case GEAR still on?!

I took my 2006 X3 into the garage after I had the 3 lights come on (4x4, ABS and Brake). The transfer gear has been replaced but the 3 lights still switch on! It actually feels worse to drive especially when reversing as it stutters, no idea what do as garage says that system says that problem is 'internal' and will require entire new transfer case.

Anyone have similar issue or know whats happening, thank you!!
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Old 12-06-2016, 10:13 AM
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I took my 2006 X3 into the garage after I had the 3 lights come on (4x4, ABS and Brake). The transfer gear has been replaced but the 3 lights still switch on! It actually feels worse to drive especially when reversing as it stutters, no idea what do as garage says that system says that problem is 'internal' and will require entire new transfer case.

Anyone have similar issue or know whats happening, thank you!!
Find another very good, experienced and honest BMW mechanic to look into this for you or start digging into it yourself. How many miles/km are on your car? As a reference here's my whole experience dealing with the transfer case actuator gear and replacing the actual actuator itself, I would suggest reading the complete thing and learning all you can about it: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/arc.../t-846517.html.
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Old 12-06-2016, 02:33 PM
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Find another very good, experienced and honest BMW mechanic to look into this for you or start digging into it yourself. How many miles/km are on your car? As a reference here's my whole experience dealing with the transfer case actuator gear and replacing the actual actuator itself, I would suggest reading the complete thing and learning all you can about it: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/arc.../t-846517.html.
It's about to reach 110,000 miles. I will have a read now.
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Old 12-07-2016, 12:30 PM
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Take off your transfer case actuator and turn the gear on the transfer case. if it is loose like mine, you need a new transfer case.

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Old 12-10-2016, 02:32 PM
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Take off your transfer case actuator and turn the gear on the transfer case. if it is loose like mine, you need a new transfer case.

YIKES! What happened!
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Old 12-10-2016, 04:39 PM
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Not sure. My wife drives it. I just fix it. LoL. I do live on a pretty steep hill
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Old 01-20-2017, 04:09 PM
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Actuator completely replaced but now needs calibration - computer fails to calibrate?!
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Old 01-20-2017, 04:16 PM
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you may have a bad transfer case. does it make a loud clanking sound during calibration?
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Old 01-20-2017, 04:23 PM
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you may have a bad transfer case. does it make a loud clanking sound during calibration?
No it does not. It makes a noise when turning left or right at low speeds (into corners or parking up)
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Old 01-20-2017, 04:32 PM
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Take off your transfer case actuator and turn the gear on the transfer case. if it is loose like mine, you need a new transfer case.

Can I do this myself (easily access ?) or shall I ask mechanic
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Old 01-20-2017, 07:49 PM
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You should have some repair knowledge and tools to do this.

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Old 01-21-2017, 08:01 AM
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I think I need a new transfer case. Did you also have symptoms of hearing noise when turning corners ??
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Old 01-21-2017, 08:17 AM
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I heard a grinding noise and screeching noise sometimes when I drove it. Just and fyi. I've had to change my starter, valve cover gasket, oil filter housing gasket, transmission oil and filter, front and rear diff oil. And also fix my rear door vapor barrier. All normal maintenance items. Will cost thousands of u can't do it yourself. Keep that in mind before spending 1-2k on a new xfer case. I did most things myself. My x3 only has 74k

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Old 01-21-2017, 08:19 AM
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Difference when I drive my X3 - no knocks or any noise can be heard when driving in a straight line.

Its only when driving at low speed (1st or 2nd gear) AND turning corners is when I hear a noise.

Other than turning/reversing nothing can be heard.
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Old 01-21-2017, 08:20 AM
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If u just. Wanna drive it in 2wd unplug the connector to the actuator. If it still makes noise on turns something else is wrong

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Old 01-21-2017, 08:30 AM
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If u just. Wanna drive it in 2wd unplug the connector to the actuator. If it still makes noise on turns something else is wrong

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I think I may do this to prevent further damage? Can I unplug myself is it fairly straightforward and will it affect car in any way?
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Old 01-21-2017, 09:30 AM
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U won't have abs. But u prob don't have abs at present or 4wd

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Old 01-25-2017, 04:39 AM
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Drive the car with 4x4, ABS and Brake signals on

I had the 3 lights (4x4, ABS and Brake) an I need to wait at least 2 weeks until the transfer gear arrives to the dealer. Is safe to drive the car or there a risk of a bigger damage?
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Old 01-25-2017, 06:29 AM
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U can unplug the electrical connector to the actuator will put you in 2wd mode. FYI your abs won't be working either way. So it isn't completely safe if you need abs

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