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Old 09-23-2018, 10:13 PM
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Transfer Case Plastic Gear: re-use vs ebay $10

OK,

This is an old topic on E83 X3, E53 X5 etc.

My 2004 X3 "4x4 light" is on...

1. When the transfer case plastic gear goes out, some people simply re-use the factory gear by flipping it around 180 degrees, so the part that never worked is now in the working section.

2. Some buy the plastic gear on ebay for $10.

Money is not an issue for me, I am just curious anyone here has done option #1 and how long ago did you fo it? Does it work well?
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Old 09-25-2018, 11:15 AM
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The E83 forum tends to be dead - I would bump an old thread in E53 forum - IIRC, user SlickGT1, flipped his gear and ran it for 40k+ miles or so and never did it again


If it was me I'd just get a new gear if I was going to open it up anyway, for the $12
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Old 09-25-2018, 12:46 PM
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What does your code reader tell you in terms of the specific failure? CarlySoft makes a great tool, easy to use and quite affordable.
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just did the one in the wifes e83 spend the $12 since money is not an issue
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