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Hello Guys. So I said I would keep at it until problem solved, well its solved. Spent £80 on a new battery, £55 on OBD lead and software, an Ebay purchase of £268 for same ECU, EWS, 2 keys and locks all as a package.
Tell tale sign (not noticed by me but by my very clever friend who owns Autocare in Blackburn, Lancashire, UK) was my airbag light much dimmer than the rest of the dashboard Xmas tree ! Radio didnt work, courtesy lights in sun visors didnt work either, odd messages on dashboard etc etc. So what was it finally ??? The ignition switch !! One dodgy contact caused all the grief. Simple test..... remove upper and lower screws from steering column plastic shroud, insert key, wiggle wires hard(ish) on the switch block whilst turning key to crank position and that may be enough to allow a wiping of the dodgy contacts, worked for me. £19.95p spent now on Ebay for a new switch back and 1 hour of unscrewing and re-screwing :-) A BIG thanks to Matt from Autocare and I am back on the road again.

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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Dashboard errors etc
« on: July 01, 2018, 01:24:09 PM »
Hi Guys. New update... Ordered connecting lead for OBD and INPA software so will have a 'look see' when that arrives. This is in an attempt to sync the DDE and EWS, fingers, toes and dangly bits crossed for that one. Second idea.... ordered complete set of DDE (same part number exactly), EWS, key, locks and transponder ring for ignition. Total cost so far including new battery will be £400. Not doing anything to car now until stuff arrives as I am getting frustrated and if I slam the door any harder I may break a window  :rant: P.S. Drove the i10 for an hour or so yesterday, its most obvious that other drivers immediately assume you are an old and cant drive ! Cant wait to get my 218 HP back and do the same to those  :razz1: Cheers. Pete

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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Dashboard errors etc
« on: June 30, 2018, 02:54:14 PM »
Hi Guys. Thanks for your support and I will NOT give up on this dilemma. Latest update revolves around the dreaded EWS I suspect. I tried fooling the car by turning ignition on and then bridging starter solenoid to +12v, car fired up ok and drove ok ! If I then turn ignition off for a second or two it will restart on the key ok. BUT... if I wait for 5 secs the EWS internal relay opens (can hear the click) and I am back to square one with no cranking. Still got errors on dash and will be attaching a Star diagnostics box via OBD port on Tuesday to see what we can find. I am also fully charging NEW battery again. Will check what current is being drawn with car locked and all switched off... beginning to think there is something taking more than it should possibly. Last but not least.... sent afew messages to ECU programming companies to see if they can do an EWS delete on my ECU, which sadly is the DDE type where as most offer same but for the DME version. Using my wifes car in the meantime, Hyundai i10, much much faster than an X5 at the moment  :)) Look forward to any replies. All the best. Pete

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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Dashboard errors etc
« on: June 28, 2018, 09:22:42 PM »
Hi Guys. Replaced battery, checked every connection I can find.  Checked all fuses none blown. Strange as yesterday all was completely well again for one short journey, no errors and started second turn of key. Today....Ran this morning ok but error messages again. Second trip... Ignition on, no cranking at all ! Now stuck with car not starting. With battery disconnected I pulled the plugs on the DDE (DDE7800131), refit plugs in case it was simply a bad connection and still no joy. I do have the yellow triangle with 4x4 displayed, should say 0x0 for now ! Also have airbag light and check engine light, its like a Xmas tree on my dashboard. Any ideas what to check, does the beast have a starter relay, could tweak the starter circuit to see if it will run ? Thanks. Pete

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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Dashboard errors etc
« on: June 25, 2018, 08:40:34 PM »
Thanks Guys. Checked alternator voltage at 14.30V when idling so thats ok, however will monitor system voltage at next start up when fault occurs. Whilst I am here... airbag light went out today, all by iteslf ! Would not surprise me if the bulb has gone, that would just be typical at the moment :-) Also 'Seatbelt Warning' gone back to normal. However engine not starting after a run is still there. Could be dodgy ignition switch maybe ?? Will fit new battery first as its at least 3 years old and many short journeys.

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General X5 Forum (E53) / Dashboard errors etc
« on: June 25, 2018, 04:23:00 PM »
Hello Forum.  This has probably been asked before so I am hoping to find an answer please. I have an auto X5 E53, 2006. Slowly pulling into a car park after the motorway the airbag light lit dimly then slowly faded away, followed swiftly by 'Trans.Failsafe Prog'. I stopped the car, ignition off, tried re-starting, dash lights all ok but turning key the starter would not turn, no fading of lights etc on dash but several attempts proved futile. Eventually after moving gear selector and handbrake a few times and pressing brake a few times the engine started as normal ! This non-starting has happened a few times now over 3 days but only when parked after a run, starts fine from cold. The 'Trans.Failsafe.Prog' has not reappeared but the airbag light stays on now. Also yesterday the cruise would not engage, symbol appears on dash but thats all. Did a restart and cruise works again... most odd. Todays issue is airbag light still on and now 'Seatbelt Warning' with my seatbelt on and just myself in the car. Any ideas before I call an exorcist ? :-)

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