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Old 03-22-2013, 04:18 PM
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My vehicle was cranking but not starting. It had the original battery in the car at 93,000 miles. We switched out the battery and now I have the 4x4 light and engine light on. I was told it needs to be programmed and that is another 250-300 from dealership and 5 hours of programming. Is there something else that I need to do???
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:57 PM
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A 2004 x3 does not need to be reprogrammed after changing the battery. I think it must be something else... Not sure what though.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:18 PM
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I have seen the 4x4 light come on after I mess with battery (removing while doing other service). It has always goes off on its own after a few minutes of driving once I have everything hooked up again. If that's all it is, you might just need to drive around a bit.

If you have the check engine light too though, that's different. I can tell you that changing the battery alone doesn't need any programming, but you may have something else going on.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:35 PM
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Thank you. I did drive around a bit and the 4x4 light went out. The car started rough and idled rough and this is why I think the engine light may have come on. It was not on prior, just unable to start after it sat for a few weeks in the cold. The battery was original and the dot was black even after doing a charge on it. So I knew it was a battery issue. Wondering if I drive it a little if it will go out or if the rough idle triggered the light. Seems to be running better now.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:40 PM
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Yeah, certainly being left alone for a few weeks is going to gum up stuff, but should loosen up after driving around.

That said, i don't know if the CEL needs to be reset if it gets triggered, maybe someone else can chirp in on that.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:49 PM
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The CEL will reset itself when the computer does not see the issue anymore
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:03 PM
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Thank you. So far it is on still, I am hoping it is just that the car idled rough at first after we changed the battery. Since it was sitting the brakes are a little rough also, grind a little. Any ideas for that?
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:52 PM
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I would still go get the codes read. The idle on these M54 engines should be very smooth and quiet, as if the engine were off (since I stop-start my engine at long waits, I actually have to check sometimes!). Given the age of the vehicle, a variety of things could have gone away, z.B the air intake boot, DISA valve, CCV, and others that could prompt the SES light.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:51 PM
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Every vehicle will grind the brakes after sitting, as the rotors are bare steel and rust instantly. What to do? Drive it; braking action cleans the rotors.
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