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X5smw last won the day on December 5 2021

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  1. Check the timing pulley. My e36 had this issue where the pulley had perished and moved forward and back, stopping the sensor from detecting the timing, causing a misfire. Also worth checking the aircon pump bearings.
  2. Hi kev. what car and engine is it? I had an issue similar and it turned out to be the cam timing sensor on the pulley on an e36 petrol engine. car wouldn’t see the sensor and wouldn’t start when it was hot, also lots of misfiring. also, I cracked my thermostat housing which caused overheating and non starts and stalling. I fixed it by getting a new car😞
  3. Hi Joyce. do you have two keys? If so, try the other one, see if the transponder is not working. a common issue is the ignition relay? Located on the steering column behind the ignition barrel. As greaydog posted, try and get a live scan done. I found my car (x5) had in intermittent starting issue and with the live scan I could see the key wasn’t always being read by the car to engage the immobiliser. Without the live scan I was doomed. I used bmw 1.4.0
  4. Hi judi Check the battery terminals are tight. possible battery issue?
  5. hi Paul. how about a Dodgy sticking starter motor? @greydog mentioned somewhere about bad starters pulling too many amps and killing batteries. Not sure if it affects your model though? Could you try attaching your car to another running one with jump leads and try to start it? If it starts fine, then I would be inclined to say battery, but if not, I would look at the starter motor.
  6. Hi all. success! it was indeed a leaking left airbag. I would do a write up but there is loads on YouTube. the whole job changing both sides took 2 hours and 2 people. It’s easier if you have 2 trolley jacks, one lift the car and one to lift the axle, part came out easy and replaced with a straight swap. cheers for the input Dave. Once again your knowledge is invaluable, albeit a mid judgement on my ability! 😂
  7. I agree with Dave, get the bmw 1.4.0 … it’s saved me a fortune! I would bet you have a failed lead or coil. Easy to check.. run the program and it will tell you which cylinder is off. Swap the lead with the next working lead (at both ends) and see if the issue moves, if not, do the same with the coil pack.
  8. Cheers Dave. just had a look and it’s like the leaning tower…. Good news is I can feel the car rising on the left although not fully and the pump working, so I would agree a failed bag on the left. …. Now, where to get an airbag on a Saturday morning….
  9. Hi all. following the wife home yesterday and I saw the car was leaning to the left a bit. This morning the rear lhs suspension was definitely low. any quick tips I can check before hopefully not handing over to a garage. I am off to Germany on Sunday and my wife will need the car while I’m gone. really not the time for this to play up!
  10. 👍🏻 Thanks matey . 😊
  11. Hi all, my mate has an f31 and needs the service lights resetting after a service. Could I use my bmw 1.4.0…. Service programme that I use on the e53 series? if not, what do I need? cheers
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    Hi Gareth. welcome to the forum
  13. Look at the head unit. Does it have an output for a sub? if so, you will need phono cables to the back of the car and an amplifier, wiring kit and sun in a box… or an active sub woofer. if not, you can run the rear speakers to an amp and through a low pass filter, not ideal though. I would assume the stereo has the correct outputs 👍🏻
  14. If it’s anything line the older versions then it will be a clogged filter. the screen wash used by bmw has an anti fungal agent in it, which some others do not, which prevents clogging. the filters are fitted to the motors an the bottom of the reservoir. A quick dismantle and rinse with hot water should sort it. hopefully this is the issue
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