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Old 05-09-2013, 09:49 AM
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Smile 2004 x5 air flow intake hose crack

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The "service engine soon" light came on 2 weeks ago and I took it to a repair shop. The mechanic squeezed the hose (black rubber hose of about 4" in diameter connected between the air filter and engine) while the engine was running and found a long crack. It costs $275 (part + labor) to replace the hose. Is there any way to fix the hose without replacing it? Is it okay to drive around with a cracked hose? How much does it usually cost to have the hose replaced by a mechanic?
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:33 AM
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http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...33&hg=13&fg=15

No way it is a $275 job! My indy did it as I watched a few years ago after I supplied the intake boot. He did not charge me anything to do it.
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:49 PM
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:15 PM
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The hose, also called a lower intake boot is about $30. It takes an hour or two to replace it, depending on the position of the large hose clamps that hold it in place. Driving with the crack will allow unmetered/unfiltered air into the throttle body which results in a lean running condition (too much air for the fuel that the mass air flow sensor is calling for). If it were mine, I'd wrap it with duct tape until you can get it fixed.

Unless you have a really friendly mechanic, $275 is a fair price to replace it, maybe even a little on the high side at an independant shop.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:24 PM
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