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Old 07-12-2013, 01:22 PM
Andyxxx Andyxxx is offline
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Post X3(E83) 54 plate Transfewr Problems !

Hi, can any-one help please....

Told Transfer case was shot by garage with a quote of 2500, found a company who dealt with the company that made them for BMW, so they quoted me 1700 of which i snapped their arm off, new box fitted and another fault has arisen, "Transfer actuator resistance" tried to erase fault with no success, spoke to garage, they said must be wiring or the control ecu ( Of which i doubt ) I have been told that it may need calibrating and/or adaptations reset, i have the BMCABLES cable and software and have no idea on how to reset the values or calibrate it, please has anyone else come across this and fixed ? Please Please Please let me know, Many thanks in advance x
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:53 PM
Supercourse Supercourse is offline
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Don't know if anyone on this forum has done this - most cases are replacement or rebuilding of actuator only.

Sounds like you are re-using your old actuator on the new transfer case. (That's a good price for a new or reman. case - I've only heard they are at least $3K.)

My guess would be that it needs calibrating and that resetting the adaptions would be an optional but desirable step beyond that.

In case you haven't seen this video (with annoying computer-generated speech) it sort of explains how the transfer plate clutches get calibrated via the actuator.

It also mentions the role of the external resistor, seemingly to allow for the same actuator/t-case combo. to be used across a range of vehicles (X3, X5, 3-series x models, etc.).

Not sure exactly what you need to do, but maybe the video will gives some clues.



P.S. Had to look up what a U.K. 54 plate is - I see it means it is a late 2004 X3 (registered after Sept. 1).
That would mean it likely was delivered with ATF in the transfer case rather than the special xDrive fluid that was just becoming available at that time.
If that fluid had never been changed in 8 years, maybe that was the cause of the t-case mechanical failure?
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Old 07-13-2013, 01:57 PM
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Talking fixed !

Hi, just a note to let you know that I've finally fixed the dreaded kiss of death three lights

The transfer box I had was complete with the new actuator the price I told you was complete with fitting however the transfer box on it's own was 1250 + vat and brand new not rebuild

I ended up using gt1 to delete the faults and activate the new part, once I figured out how to do this it was a breeze, thankyou for your assistance muchly appreciated.
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:25 PM
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Can you throw down some part numbers of what you ordered and fitted? Those are some significant discounts.
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:37 PM
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I don't have any part numbers, are you in the UK ?
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:40 PM
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Cool

Sorry only just noticed your I the states, the company I used buys them from the US it's the same company that make those boxes for ble, I'll find out for you Monday and let you know
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