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X5 transmission failsafe program
05-09-2012, 06:16 PM
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X5 transmission failsafe program
Hi guys,

So on my way from the airport back to centurion, the x showed transmission failsafe program, when i got home and did diagnostics it showed solonoid valve,

So my question is, wtf now? What do you suggests?

Any help would be appreciated.


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05-09-2012, 06:20 PM
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RE: X5 transmission failsafe program
(05-09-2012 06:16 PM)Pho3niX90 Wrote:  Hi guys,

So on my way from the airport back to centurion, the x showed transmission failsafe program, when i got home and did diagnostics it showed solonoid valve,

So my question is, wtf now? What do you suggests?

Any help would be appreciated.


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Check with alexander1 on the forum. He seems to be good with this type of stuff.

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06-09-2012, 09:35 AM
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(05-09-2012 06:20 PM)abmi0000 Wrote:  
(05-09-2012 06:16 PM)Pho3niX90 Wrote:  Hi guys,

So on my way from the airport back to centurion, the x showed transmission failsafe program, when i got home and did diagnostics it showed solonoid valve,

So my question is, wtf now? What do you suggests?

Any help would be appreciated.


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Thanks man, going to ZF in the next hour, their ball park figure is 21K to fix the problem Sad


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06-09-2012, 09:50 AM
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RE: X5 transmission failsafe program
Which X5 do you have, E53 or E70?

It would be interesting to know if it is a gearbox fault or a transfer case fault? The early X3's sometimes had a fault on the x-drive actuator or bearing wear inside the transfer case which can be expensive to fix. The X5's used a beefed-up transfer case.

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06-09-2012, 09:56 AM
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Sorry to hear bud, all the best with the repairs

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06-09-2012, 05:38 PM
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(06-09-2012 09:50 AM)Blue Shirt Wrote:  Which X5 do you have, E53 or E70?

It would be interesting to know if it is a gearbox fault or a transfer case fault? The early X3's sometimes had a fault on the x-drive actuator or bearing wear inside the transfer case which can be expensive to fix. The X5's used a beefed-up transfer case.

It's the E53 4.6IS 2003.

At the moment it's at ZF, all of the 6 Solenoid valves aren't functioning, so the mach said that it MIGHT be a loose wire or blown fuse, or might be the computer box, he will be looking over it tomorrow and will let me know.

I have read on the internet about bad grounding/ shorts that cause the limp mode as well, when reviewing the log file of the diagnostics I done last night, I saw these 2 new codes:

IKE ->
8D/50 - EGS signal line disturbed
BD/50 - Electronic braking-force distribution


I also read on another thread that broken ABS units also cause limp mode due to bad grounding??

Any thoughts.

Oh yeah, the 23K is basically a new transmission according to the mach.

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10-09-2012, 11:10 AM (This post was last modified: 10-09-2012 11:24 AM by Pho3niX90.)
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So I'm so pd off right now.

They said that the gearbox needs replacing due to the torque converter. But friday they said it could be the computer because all the solenoids aren't opening/closing, and that the computer box were under water.


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(05-09-2012 06:20 PM)abmi0000 Wrote:  
(05-09-2012 06:16 PM)Pho3niX90 Wrote:  Hi guys,

So on my way from the airport back to centurion, the x showed transmission failsafe program, when i got home and did diagnostics it showed solonoid valve,

So my question is, wtf now? What do you suggests?

Any help would be appreciated.


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Good luck with the fix Thumbs

I cant seem to find that user? Any other suggestions, any gr8 maks you know.


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10-09-2012, 12:07 PM
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RE: X5 transmission failsafe program
With all 6 solenoids not working, that car is going nowhere

So that makes absolutely no sense.

If it was your EGS computer that went poof due to water, you would not have been able to read the error codes.

i smell a rodent...

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10-09-2012, 12:09 PM
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(10-09-2012 12:07 PM)zaleonardz@DentDoctor Wrote:  With all 6 solenoids not working, that car is going nowhere

So that makes absolutely no sense.

If it was your EGS computer that went poof due to water, you would not have been able to read the error codes.

i smell a rodent...

It seems that it when it goes in trans failsafe, its only in 4th gear, it could still be driven from centurion to zf.

They are going to replace the 5 speed with a new 6 speed.


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10-09-2012, 12:11 PM
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RE: X5 transmission failsafe program
What are they charging you for the box replacement ?


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13-09-2012, 12:17 PM
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Its 31K, fetching the car today

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13-09-2012, 12:52 PM
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GL...hope it goes well Thumbs

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13-09-2012, 05:09 PM
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Replace the 5 speed with a 6 speed? That means quite a major electronic surgery. Let us know how it came out.
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14-09-2012, 03:02 PM
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(13-09-2012 05:09 PM)P1000 Wrote:  Replace the 5 speed with a 6 speed? That means quite a major electronic surgery. Let us know how it came out.
It makes sense what you are saying, I could have heard wrong :? Dono, but the X is driving like a dream again, just some sensors on the exhaust isn't working anymore, before I took it in all was working, tested with DIAG cable, now that's it's back it's giving me an error on the sensor before the cat, they claim that it's because the computer was buggy and didn't give me all errors before.

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