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Old 08-10-2019, 08:03 AM
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e53 4.4 4x4 inactive only driver side wheel spin

I have an 2004 X5 sport 190k with ZF trans that has been sitting for a while. Over the winter the vehicle was acting up during a snow storm and started to jerk like the trans was slipping. I eventually lost drive-ability to my e53 and had to be towed.

Looking under the vehicle while in drive, I noticed the rear drive shaft was spinning up to the rear diff but the vehicle was not moving. I decided to jack up the x5 and try to unbolt the rear driveshaft. After getting half the bolts out I realized the rear tires were spinning when I rotated the drive shaft. Bolts were put back and the vehicle was dropped. Started up and popped in drive and now the vehicle drives but I have the 4x4 inactive along with the other lights.

I checked the awd actuator gear which looked IMO fine no noticeable grooves or wear marks.

I jacked the vehicle back up on 4 stands to check if my AWD was working. While in drive, only the driver front and driver rear tire engage and rotate.

I am unfamiliar with BMW awd systems. Any one with some insight would be appreciated.

I have INPA havent figured out how to use it as it seems to be in German
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