It was not towed by the suspension, it was only secured to the flat bed via the suspension bits. Still not ideal. At the minimum, I would have used nylon straps rather than metal hooks to the arms.Another moronic tower...Do not tow a bimmer through suspension parts...
There is one hole on the front, one on the rear.
Once the car is lifted, secure through the wheels, not the suspension.
Make sure once you have the car back everything is fine with the suspension.
+1, same happened to me when my alternator failed.Based on the symptoms, I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one. The failsafe mode is simply a sign of the low system voltage in this case. The transmission computer uses quite a bit of juice to do it's thinking, and when you cut the power down significantly, you pay for it in limited function.
Happened to me on the '01 530iA, and the first thing to go was the shifting. I though I had a blown transmission- turned out later that I needed a new alternator... Another reason I love my 5 speed, now!
Safest to charge from the engine compartment, less chance of igniting battery gases. That is why BMW recommends that way.(I am just now starting to flip through the Bentleys to see how to test the alternator while the battery is charging).
While it's charging, may I ask if it matters whether I charge the battery from the engine compartment or from the trunk?
BTW, it's taking 4 amps, even an hour after I hooked it up!
Hi QSilver7,If you run TEST 9 ... With the engine running, you should have voltage numbers between 12.8 - 14+ volts
Mine showed less than 12 volts at idle. I forgot to rev it up so I'll try that next and see if it changes the number at all ... but it's looking like the alternator is kaput (maybe that's the noise I heard over in this thread).when running, my alt shows about 13.7V ... Not sure about the alternator brand
It seemed suspicious to me that the battery, even after hours of charging from the engine compartment, was still sucking 5 amps ... so I moved it to the rear, after disconnecting the negative cable to isolate just the battery.I usually pull my battery out completely to charge it.
That seems to be what the Bentleys recommend, on page 121-9.I usually pull my battery out completely to charge it.
It looks like I have an alternator with multi-function control (MFR). For MFR alternators, the red battery light goes on given any of the following:I had the same symptoms when my alternator went south.
\If you confirm it is indeed your alternator, here are some DIYs for alternator replacement. Sorry, don't have one for the 525.
Yeah, or maybe, in German, there isn't a reverse distinction between the alternator (rectified AC) and a generator (DC).Translation error?
I spoke too soon. The Bentleys stink when it comes to the alternator removal.The instructions for replacing the alternator (I may as well replace the belts too) don't look too bad.