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Old 01-25-2016, 08:14 AM
cloudboy cloudboy is offline
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it's Possessed!

I think my X3 is possessed.

Last week I got an airbag light, code 50 power supply. This past weekend I have had all kinds of weird glitches. The interior dome lights come on an off on their own as I am driving - not just on and off, but varying intensity. The passenger airbag light above the rear view mirror was flickering at one point, my rear window wiper suddenly stopped working. At heat wont stay on, at one point my windows stopped working (thank god only once) and the brightness of the dash lights vary. And as I discovered the clock stops. Oddly, as once you restart the car it goes back to the correct car, but I was f a few minutes late to work this morning because I didn't realize that the clock wasn't changing time.

I am suspecting some kind of short somewhere, though would a battery issue cause simmilar problems?
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Old 01-25-2016, 12:38 PM
mtbrdad mtbrdad is offline
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Disconnect the Ride Level Sensor first

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I think my X3 is possessed.

Last week I got an airbag light, code 50 power supply. This past weekend I have had all kinds of weird glitches. The interior dome lights come on an off on their own as I am driving - not just on and off, but varying intensity. The passenger airbag light above the rear view mirror was flickering at one point, my rear window wiper suddenly stopped working. At heat wont stay on, at one point my windows stopped working (thank god only once) and the brightness of the dash lights vary. And as I discovered the clock stops. Oddly, as once you restart the car it goes back to the correct car, but I was f a few minutes late to work this morning because I didn't realize that the clock wasn't changing time.

I am suspecting some kind of short somewhere, though would a battery issue cause simmilar problems?
I would suggest to crawl under the car by the passenger side front tire and disconnect the wire going into the level height sensor and then drive the car a few days to see if the problem re-occurs. I've been going through a similar short problem with the air bag light flashing on with other lights going haywire and I think I have my problem solved. Last week I disconnected the level height sensor by the passenger side front wheel and I haven't had the problems since. I am picking up a new one from the dealer today and will install in the next day or 2.
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Old 01-26-2016, 07:06 AM
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I would suggest to crawl under the car by the passenger side front tire and disconnect the wire going into the level height sensor and then drive the car a few days to see if the problem re-occurs. I've been going through a similar short problem with the air bag light flashing on with other lights going haywire and I think I have my problem solved. Last week I disconnected the level height sensor by the passenger side front wheel and I haven't had the problems since. I am picking up a new one from the dealer today and will install in the next day or 2.
Well, strike that last thought last night the air bag light flashed again and the radio and turn signals stopped working again. Back to the drawing board!

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Old 01-26-2016, 07:50 AM
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Last might I tried this: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho....php?p=5293339. Turns out I am having the same symptoms, so I think it is the ignition switch. Although, I am also thinking it might be a bad battery, too. I am going to make an appointment with a garage to have them check it out. Unfortunately I don't have a good BMW indie in the area, though there is a decent Mini specialist. So if I give him some leads, he can usually find and fix the problem.
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