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Old 06-15-2006, 02:45 PM
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electrical issues help needed

OK I have searched through this site and have not seen anything like the problem I have. My 2002 X5 3.0i is having major electrical issues. Most of the time when I start the car all of the displays freeze (the radio and the electronic cluster). None of the controls on the steering wheel work and the radio will eventually shut it self down and the display will go out. However, if I continue to mess with the seat memory and change it between two different memories it will work itself out and all the warnings will come back on line and the radio will come back on, then it will freeze up within a minute or so again. Anybody had this before or know of any suggestions to fix this??
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Old 06-15-2006, 02:55 PM
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How old is the battery? Amazing how many electrical problems can stem from lo voltage and a bad battery.....
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Old 06-15-2006, 03:01 PM
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How old is the battery? Amazing how many electrical problems can stem from lo voltage and a bad battery.....
I have learned just to replace the battery at inspection II/4 year mark. I stopped waiting for them to go bad at the most inconvenient time.
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Old 06-18-2006, 09:52 AM
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I just put a new battery in in January and it's been doing this for the last couple of months
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:34 AM
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I have a 01 x5 with similar electrical problems. I also just installed new OEM battery. Todd, Did you ever solve your electrical problem. My car is at dealer now. They are having hard time with problem. Serv. tech mentioned something about the cluster..and ordering a new one. Please help!
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:36 PM
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hi,you might want to check the main earth point on the car,iv seen 3 cars in the last year with similar probs to yours and the earth has been the problem,good luck
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:14 PM
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Actually all I did to solve the problem was move the steering wheel up. I was sitting with the steering wheel at the lowest possible point when I was having all those problems. Now I just don't put the steering wheel down that low and I have not had any problems with it in more than 3 years! I'm sure there's still some issues there as I bet that when the wheel was so low there was some sort of connection issue. Good luck!
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Old 12-29-2009, 11:37 AM
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hi,you might want to check the main earth point on the car,iv seen 3 cars in the last year with similar probs to yours and the earth has been the problem,good luck
What is the earth point?
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:33 PM
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:12 PM
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Thanks for the responses. The problem was fixed after the dealer replaced the slip ring in the steering column. for anyone have similar problems the part # is: 61-31-8-379-091. Cost for part @$155.00
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