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Old 05-22-2019, 09:48 AM
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Transmission cripple mode - reset?

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I have a 2006 530xi wagon with auto transmission. For the past 3-4 years it has very occasionally (twice a year maybe) gone into transmission cripple mode where it is stuck in first gear. When this happens, I simply pull over and shut the car off and start it up again and the error is cleared and everything is fine for several months until it happens again.

I can drive cross country without any issues, the error only happens when I'm stuck in stop and go commute traffic (San Francisco Bay Area) and it always happens after letting off the gas to slow down and then pushing on the gas again (hear a whirring sound and BAM locked in first and transmission fault). The fault code (sorry don't remember it) is always the same and regarding a clutch slipping.

About a year ago, it threw the fault and this time it wouldn't reset after shutting the car off. I had to drive in first gear all the way home. Took it to the local independent, they cleared the error for free and quoted a transmission replacement. Since then it has happened a few times and always clears itself if I shut the car off.

MY QUESTION:
IS there a counter and did it stick in fault mode because it had faulted a certain number of times? I mean have I got 20 more faults before it sticks and won't reset without a trip to the shop? OR did it stick that time because the fault was a little more drastic?

The reason I ask ... I'm retired and don't drive much but I do enjoy taking cross country trips. Hate to spend the money on a new transmission and I've been getting by just fine with it being able to pull over and stop/start the car. And if it were to stick and not reset when I'm here local, it's no big deal to drive home in first. BUT I would hate to be out in the middle of Nevada and have it stick and have to drive in first gear all the way to Salt Lake City or back to California to find a BMW shop.

Another question: If I get a DCAN cable and the software (I have the preferred lenovo laptop on hand already) is the reset something I can learn to do easily in case I get stuck out in the desert? Is there a simple and easy tutorial for using the software so I could do that reset by the side of the road if I had to?
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Old 06-09-2019, 07:09 PM
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can relate

Hi Andy. I've experienced similar issues in my 2008 535i. The issues increased to the point where I finally took to my mechanic who has now put on new Solenoids. I'm waiting to see if this takes care of it. Am debating selling the car that I really love at this point.
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:12 AM
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:26 AM
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Thanks for those links to the tool. I've got one on order and I'll feel a lot safer crossing the desert knowing I have a way to reset if I get stuck in cripple mode.
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Old 06-24-2019, 04:37 PM
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