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BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 07-17-2016, 01:36 PM
ggal625 ggal625 is offline
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Help: Fixed steering angle sensor, now getting malfunction warning

I've had a growing list of stuff to get done on my E61. So this weekend I successfully replaced my rear shocks, which were completed dead. I did the front struts soon as I bought the car.

I used INPA to successfully re-calibrate the rear air suspension. It's been sitting too high and always leaning to the left. Now it's sitting level and at the right height.

Finally, more and more often I'd been getting "DSC and AWD" warnings when I turn left. I ordered the $15 SZL repair kit. The disk was very dirty so I cleaned it with isopropal alcohol.

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I replaced the light tube, but honestly I can't tell the difference between the old on and the new one.

New one (left), old one (right):

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The entire job went pretty quickly and smoothly. After getting everything put back together I drove around the neighborhood and everything worked fine.

I then went in the house to shower and change. When I came back out to take my son to lunch, I fired up the car and immediately got this warning:

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I went back through the steps of taking apart the steering wheel and checked all the connectors to no avail.

I then did a Google image search but couldn't find this exact same malfunction screen.

I did find one post that seems similar. It describes a micro switch falling out of place. The micro switch is used to detect when the gear lever is in park.

I then dismantled nearly my entire dash and center console so I could get good access to the gear lever.

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I then tried to test the micro switch by backprobing the socket with pins. I wasn't sure I was actually making contact with the pins so I resorted to removing some of the wire insulation. Still not getting any indication that the switch is closed. So finally I've cut the wires and removed the switch from the car. Still seems dead to me. I'm measuring the resistancing across the switch with an ohm meter.

The switch is made by cherryswitches.com but I can't seem to find this switch in their current catalog.

The gear lever is only sold as a complete unit for $600+.

I'm completely stumped. I just can't believe that this simple, sealed switch went bad after 10 years within an hour of me messing with the steering wheel.

I must be missing something. What am I doing wrong?
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