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Old 08-29-2013, 02:57 PM
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Battery Cable Recall Question

Does anyone know what the battery cable recall entails? I have a 2008 335i and I thought it was a simple replacement of a battery cable. The dealer said that it was more than that. The cable goes all the way to the front of the car.

Specifically, to perform the battery cable recall would the mechanic have to remove the micro filter?

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Old 08-29-2013, 04:21 PM
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Recall ID # 94231 - ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:BATTERY:CABLES

Recall Date:
FEB 07, 2013

Model Affected:
2011 BMW 3-Series

Summary:
BMW is recalling certain model year 2008-2012 1-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured December 2007 through September 2011; and 2007-2011 3-Series coupes and convertibles manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sedans manufactured March 2007 through October 2011; 2007-2011 3-Series sports wagons manufactured March 2007 through June 2011; and 2009-2011 Z4 vehicles manufactured March 2009 through June 2011. In February 2013, BMW recalled 504,545 vehicles. In July 2013, BMW informed the agency that it was adding 1-Series, 3-Series, and Z4 vehicles, representing an additional 12,094 vehicles. The total number of vehicles being recalled is now 516,791. The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time. Over time, the high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may lead to a breakage of the connection, and a loss of electrical power to the vehicle.

Consequences:
If there is a loss of electrical power to the vehicle, the vehicle may unexpectedly stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method, free of charge. The recall began on March 13, 2013. Owners may call BMW at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

Potential Units Affected:
516791

Notes:
BMW of North America, LLC

Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/cars/2011/...#ixzz2dP3gNw77
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:39 PM
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Does anyone know what the battery cable recall entails? I have a 2008 335i and I thought it was a simple replacement of a battery cable. The dealer said that it was more than that. The cable goes all the way to the front of the car.

Specifically, to perform the battery cable recall would the mechanic have to remove the micro filter?

Thanks.
It does run from the battery, through the cabin, and up into the fuse box. It was more than I thought also, but seemed like a quick and easy job for them.
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Its always easy and quick when bmw is paying the bill
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:26 AM
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I believe that the cut about a foot off the end of the cable, and crimp on a new piece of cable. The new cable has a connector on the end with a mechanical fastener where it attaches to the fuse box. I think that everything can be accessed from the passenger side footwell.
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Its always easy and quick when bmw is paying the bill
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:17 AM
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It takes less than an hour to do it.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:25 AM
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I think my car was done in about an hour, might have been an hour and fifteen min. N4S
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had mine done last week .... took an hour for the operation ...
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This attachment details the procedure.
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File Type: pdf BatteryConnectorRepairProcedure.pdf (991.8 KB, 31 views)
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:46 PM
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Thanks jburke! I removed my fuse panel and had access to the + cable, but I failed to open up the black plastic tab at the termination to inspect its condition. I'd like to keep tabs on it myself because I am paranoid of dealership service. That upper left mounting screw was one heck of a learning curve for me, learned about mini ratchets and once again learning about how to find the perfect length of bit.
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