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Old 02-19-2015, 12:52 AM
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05 E83 abs brake 4by4 lites on

Hi,
My Mom just purchased a used 05 E83. THe ABS,brake, & 4by4 lights go shortly after a shimmy in deacceleration. First the 4by4 light comes on follow by the abs & brake. HELP !
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:03 PM
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You need a Transfer Case Actuator gear

This is your problem. You can do it yourself. BMW will say its your transfer case and say it needs replaced for thousands. The first link is the gear you'll need changed...and the second link is how to change it yourself.

BMW E53 x5 E83 x3 Transfer Case Actuator Motor Odometer Gear OE 27107566296gr | eBay

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh6HvYcn-HA
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:49 PM
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thanks kingdome627 for replying back. the first link is a gear & the second link video of replacement of transfer case actuator motor. do I just go by the video & repl the actuator?
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:50 PM
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ya dlr wanted $3800 to repl transfer case.
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Old 02-20-2015, 12:53 PM
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Here is a good video from Bentley. This became such a known problem that even they had to address it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_S8VP4CVho

Also, since she just bought it used, I would drain and refill the transfer case with new oil. Its very specific oil from bmw. I have included a link below. Call around to diff BMW dealers and get the best price.

Welcome to bavauto.com | Transfer Case Fluid - 1 Liter Container - Genuine BMW

Its as easy as changing your oil, except you don't have to change a filter.
There are lots of videos on youtube on how to do it. Took me 15 mins.

Where in Ca are you from?
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Sorry. I realized I didnt answer your question. You are actually just replacing the gear INSIDE the actuator. BMW would want you to replace the whole actuator for big money. But 99.9% of the time its just the gear inside that's stripped. When you take the gear off, you'll see that it loos like the gear teeth have been melted away in the middle. Its way easier than it looks to replace.
Trust me. You'll be saving thousands of dollars on this simple fix.
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Old 02-20-2015, 04:06 PM
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Thanks for the helpful info. I'm 2 hrs north of L.A.
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Old 02-20-2015, 04:12 PM
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I see the bently video much clear . just repl the gear . about 3 hrs of L.A. to be exact.
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