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Old 12-06-2014, 05:50 PM
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Yellow Brake and 4x4 Lights - Fixed

2007 X3.0 SI - 95K on the clock but only abt 12,000 since transfer box replaced under extended warranty.
Yellow brake and 4x4 light came on. Car drove it's usual great - nothing unusual. Tires still have about 75% left and are all identical. Air pressure checked out OK.
Read through the various threads here and this is what took care of the problem, at least for now:
Started car, turned steering wheel hard left, then hard right. Lights went out when I reached hard right.
Drove the car around the block and lights did not come back on. Certainly worth trying if/when you see these lights come on.
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Yes, the 4x4/DSC warning light shouldn't be thought of as solely pertaining to the transfer case and actuator. Various other reporting sensors can trigger it if out of range.

Do you think this means your steering angle sensor is on the blink and will require replacement if it happens again?

Or maybe it sent a signal out of range because of a voltage drop or surge? Might be a random thing, or might point to a battery that is not in the best of health and the sensor is fine.
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:35 PM
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Yes, the 4x4/DSC warning light shouldn't be thought of as solely pertaining to the transfer case and actuator. Various other reporting sensors can trigger it if out of range.

Do you think this means your steering angle sensor is on the blink and will require replacement if it happens again?

Or maybe it sent a signal out of range because of a voltage drop or surge? Might be a random thing, or might point to a battery that is not in the best of health and the sensor is fine.
Both of those hypotheses could turn out to be 'the one.' Battery is coming up on three years so a tad early for that being an issue. Drove the car some more tonight and no lights came on. I am thinking it was a random event and I hope others will learn from this experience.
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Munich Pick Up: 6/22/06 -- Dingolfing: 6/23/06 -- Drop Off: 7/12/06 -- Aboard M/V "Green Point" with ETA Port Hueneme 8/16/06 - Redelivery: 9/1/06 - De-badged 1/1/07

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Old 12-09-2014, 11:20 AM
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I just had that issue (4x4 light), then the clock reset itself to --:--.
Looking at other forums, someone mentioned that a bad battery could trigger that problem. My battery is only 1.5 yrs old, how could it be? it is the Platinum from Autozone, it supposed to be the top of the line. I have no problems starting the car, not even now that the temperature is below 32. Well, I decided to stop by autozone to get it checked. It was charged at only 40%, they charged it for 1.5 hrs and it was only at 70%. They replaced free of charge. So far, no more 4x4 lights anymore.
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