Bmw x5 4.8is (2005) inactive suspension

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Bmw x5 4.8is (2005) inactive suspension

Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:22 pm

Hi
Having issues with the suspension...I've had the x5 4.8is for several months and suspension has been fine went up and down on the button then all of a sudden 2 days after fitting some wheel spacers, the car was fully down and on starting instead of the pump starting and raising the car it jus stayed low (looks great) and the warning came in the dash and the ride is really really bumpy.
Any ideas?
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Re: Bmw x5 4.8is (2005) inactive suspension

Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:10 am

Have a look at the level sensors they could be in the wrong position after lifting the car.
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Re: Bmw x5 4.8is (2005) inactive suspension

Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:28 am

The ball joints on the level sensors are weak, so may have corroded and broke when you lifted the car. This happened on mine. It basically wasn't giving a level reading to the car for it to set the level of the suspension.


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Re: Bmw x5 4.8is (2005) inactive suspension

Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:32 pm

Thanks for the replies guys and do any of you have any pics of how the level sensors should be positioned etc etc
Again thanks for the help
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Re: Bmw x5 4.8is (2005) inactive suspension

Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:23 am

From your description is the pump running but not lifting the car or is the pump not running at all?
First I would check the work you did to make sure you haven't dislodged a cable somewhere, though just fitting spacers I don't think you would be near the sensors
If the pump is running and not raising the car I would look for a leak
If the pump starts and stops check the sensors
If the pump isn't running at all check the fuses in the right hand rear cubby

I wouldn't drive it on the bump stops as you may cause damage to the airbags and possibly sensors
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Re: Bmw x5 4.8is (2005) inactive suspension

Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:36 pm

The pump used to work and then since the warnings been up nothing no compressor sound...I've checked the 2 fuses in the rear right cubby and both seem ok...waiting for the weather to get better and I'll.check the sensors and wires...
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Re: Bmw x5 4.8is (2005) inactive suspension

Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:32 am

Don't just check the fuses change them, I had a similar issue 30amp fuse looked OK swapped it and everything started working? plus check the relay.
If the pump isn't trying to run then I would look there first, hopefully it isn't the pump its self.

When you are checking the sensors the knuckle faces the wheel
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Re: Bmw x5 4.8is (2005) inactive suspension

Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:18 am

Thanks I'll get new fuses on my next day off and which relay is it for the suspension?
Thanks
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Re: Bmw x5 4.8is (2005) inactive suspension

Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:57 pm

Parts list shows it in with the compressor. This is a 4.6 pic though
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