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Dumb carwash question... tires still drag with auto H turned off...

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So I went through a car wash today with my newly purchased 09' 35d. It felt like the tires were dragging the whole way. As far as I know the Auto H was off... (nothing on the dash and the light wasn't lit).. am I missing something that would make the tires lock and drag while in neutral?

yes I know car washes are to be done by hand with love and care by trained professionals for BMW's, but my x5 is already scratched up from the previous owner.. and it's winter so I need to get the salt off and it's too freezing cold to hand wash
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Hrmm, really sounds like you were in Park.

I would put it up on Jacks, do what you did entering the carwash - then, go around and spin wheels by hand. Maybe you have a frozen caliper.
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Before driving into a car wash
The vehicle is able to roll if the following steps are taken.
1. Insert the remote control into the ignition lock, even with Comfort Access.
2. Engage transmission position N.
3. Release the parking brake.
4. Deactivating Automatic Hold, refer to page 64.
5. Switch the engine off.
6. Leave the remote control in the ignition lock so that the vehicle can roll.
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@Doug, also dont forget

7> roll your windows up
8> put the top up
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Switch the engine off.. really? I would've never thought that was needed...
no, no & no.

Foot on brake, flick it up into neutral and take your foot of the brake for a pull-u-thru carwash.
Switch the engine off.. really? I would've never thought that was needed...
Not really a concern on an E70.


Buy socks on Amazon, not car parts.
@Doug
8> put the top up
+1

And if the wide tires of some vehicles scrape the sides of the wash’s drive rails, there will definitely be rolling resistance.


Buy socks on Amazon, not car parts.
no, no & no.

Foot on brake, flick it up into neutral and take your foot of the brake for a pull-u-thru carwash.
I can't remember what I do, I sometimes switch the engine off,
sometimes leave it running and in park

never had any problems
oh wait is this the drag you through type ?

I do the one where you drive in, stop when it tells you to stop and the machine runs around the car

I tried the drag in one once, not knowing, hated the noise and was in a panic about my rims getting trashed
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