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Old 10-30-2015, 05:12 PM
dcking67 dcking67 is offline
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Two Issues: Door Unlock/Lock and Wheel Noise

Guys / Gals,

I need some help. I have been searching the threads for awhile now and I've gotten some helpful tips, but nothing to address all of the items as I am experiencing, so please excuse if this is a repeat of previous questions and chalk it up to a new "used" BMW owner.

I recently purchased a 2004 X5 (4.4i). I know all of the "issues" that people talk about with them, but it's still an amazing machine. I love driving it, but it is definitely a change of pace.

Problem 1: Locking and Unlocking.

I have already changed the hatch handle, but my issue is more of one of some of the doors opening and some not. I've noticed that I can unlock with the remote, but it only unlocks the driver door...even when inserted in the door. It doesn't unlock the other doors, but since I changed the hatch handle, I can remotely open that. However, the other doors and the bottom of the hatch doesn't open all the time. It does sometimes, but not all the time. However, after I drive for less than 100 feet and over 10 mph, the doors will all unlock with the center button and I can open the bottom hatch. I'm certain that I have some circuit that isn't working right, but where should I start? Like I said the hatch handle has been changed. I have a new remote as well.

I should mention that the key doesn't unlock the other doors, but it used to. Could it be a programming issue? I've already programmed and reprogrammed, but it doesn't seem to solve the issue fully.

Problem 2: Noise from wheel

When I turn at slower speeds, I hear a "turning" noise. The best way to describe it is a wonk,wonk,wonk, etc. only when I turn. On my old Chevy, I would say it was a wheel bearing, but on the AWD, what thoughts do each of you have?

I apologize for the length of this, but I do hope some can help.

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Old 11-01-2015, 02:14 PM
bathtub bathtub is offline
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My car only unlocks the drivers door on the first press of the remote by default. The rest of the doors unlock with a second press.
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Old 11-01-2015, 08:20 PM
jma1992 jma1992 is offline
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Mein Auto: 2005 X3 3.0i
Problem 1 isn't really a problem, it's the default setting as bathtub mentioned. You need to do some coding in order to set all the doors to unlock on the first press of the unlock button. I got really annoyed with having to press the unlock button twice to unlock all of the doors so I ended up coding that feature out and added/removed a bunch of other ones too.
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