Home Forums Articles How To's FAQ Register
Go Back   Xoutpost.com > BMW SAV Forums > X5 (E53) Forum
Fluid Motor Union
User Name
Password
Member List Premier Membership Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Xoutpost server transfer and maintenance is occurring....
Xoutpost is currently undergoing a planned server migration.... stay tuned for new developments.... sincerely, the management


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-28-2018, 10:24 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Boston
Posts: 115
Jimdevx5 is on a distinguished road
2004 E53 rear air suspension leak?

So it seems like if I donít drive the X5 a day or two the back sinks down so Iím thinking thereís a slow leak? Any advice on hunting it down?
Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links

  #2  
Old 08-28-2018, 10:36 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: nyc
Posts: 1,783
jsoto is on a distinguished road
Why not just spray some soapy water and see if it's coming from the rear bags...
Given the age, I'm sure the bags would use replacing

Sinks down after a day or 2 is not a slow leak to me....

Last edited by jsoto; 08-28-2018 at 10:53 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-28-2018, 10:41 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Boston
Posts: 115
Jimdevx5 is on a distinguished road
Good idea
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-28-2018, 11:08 AM
Member
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 73
Mouse is on a distinguished road
While it's possible for other types of leaks to be had, most common is from the bags themselves. I recently just replaced mine and it's a simple job. Spray the bags with soapy water to start and I'm sure you'll find the leak. If not, move on to checking the lines.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-28-2018, 10:22 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Boston
Posts: 115
Jimdevx5 is on a distinguished road
Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-29-2018, 08:33 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: CT
Posts: 320
richardb is on a distinguished road
It's probably the airbags. How many miles on the car and are they original? Rubber degrades over time especially in New England.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-29-2018, 10:11 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Boston
Posts: 115
Jimdevx5 is on a distinguished road
129k
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-31-2018, 11:24 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Boston
Posts: 115
Jimdevx5 is on a distinguished road
Checked both rear bags both seem ok after spraying with soapy water???
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-31-2018, 11:46 AM
Member
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 73
Mouse is on a distinguished road
If you remove the rear cargo cover and spare tire, you can access the air compressor(Giant black hump over the battery and under the spare tire) and lines(red and blue I believe, may be neutral colored as well) Slow leaks can be tough to find but some patience and a thorough check should show something. Start with the ends of air tubes and see if that shows anything. Also check large hose that goes into the top of the air spring, you just have to remove the plastic side panels on each side. Check a DIY on e53 air shock replacement on here or pelican to give you an idea where to look and how to access everything.

edit: Also, slow leaks can be tough to spot, double check the bags if you don't see anything up top as they are usually the problem.

Last edited by Mouse; 08-31-2018 at 11:57 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-31-2018, 12:00 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Boston
Posts: 115
Jimdevx5 is on a distinguished road
Thanks
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On





All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:53 AM.
vBulletin, Copyright 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0
© 2017 Xoutpost.com. All rights reserved. Xoutpost.com is a private enthusiast site not associated with BMW AG.
The BMW name, marks, M stripe logo, and Roundel logo as well as X3, X5 and X6 designations used in the pages of this Web Site are the property of BMW AG.
This web site is not sponsored or affiliated in any way with BMW AG or any of its subsidiaries.