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

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-17-2009, 06:50 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: new york
Posts: 78
bulkwarrior is on a distinguished road
Help! Cylinder 1,3,5,7 Misfire at cold start, car shakes, SES light on

My car (2006, 4.4i) got this problem for a while. Whenever it's very cold in the morning(like today, 15F here in upstate NY), when I start the car it vibrates quite a bit, and the Service Engine Soon(SES) warning light comes on. If I turn it off and restarts, it runs smoother(when it's warm enough the SES light sometimes goes off when you restart it). I brought the car to autozone for a free reading and they said cylinder 1,3,5,7 misfire, and sold me 8 spark plugs(ngk iridium at $6.99 ea.). while I am puzzled why only odd number cylinder misfires, I think it might be a good idea to change the spark plug first(my car got about 80k miles), and see if this problem goes away.

Does anyone has similar problem(cold start misfire?)? Any possible cause?

Many thanx for the inputs.
Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links

Old 12-17-2009, 10:24 PM
TheKingSim0n's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 529
TheKingSim0n is on a distinguished road
lol wow, you might want to read this: http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-foru...os-please.html
Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2009, 11:58 AM
paulymano's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Wisconsin USA - Say Cheese!!
Posts: 29
paulymano is on a distinguished road
Check your crankcase ventilation and the oil separator. Be careful that the crankcase ventilation don't freeze up on you especiallly driving short distances in extreme cold conditions. This will cause major repair work. I just had over 3K of repair bills because of the havoc of a frozen crankcase ventilation.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2010, 01:45 PM
ayagutak's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Montreal, Canada
Posts: 128
ayagutak is an unknown quantity at this point
ignition coil change them
Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2010, 02:21 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: new york
Posts: 78
bulkwarrior is on a distinguished road
can't be ignition coil. Otherwise won't have so many cylinders misfire(all odd number cylinders). I think it's the oil separator but could be wrong. I've been garaging my x so it didn't give me any trouble lately. Will wait the winter out and see.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2010, 02:34 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 305
ABMW is on a distinguished road
Change plugs, report back...maybe you'll be lucky. Doubtful, but you already bought the plugs, so take the 20 mins. and change them.

When doing so, maybe you'll find other issues. By chance, for example you might spot something obvious.

Either way, eliminate the plugs and go from there. It's obviously electrical in nature.

Strange the plugs would still be misfiring if it's at autozone, given that the car would be warm and hence there should be no frost "plug" in the crankcase vent.

I'm continually amazed at German engineering. At times, I'm just dumbfounded. They have some of the harshest winters around. If frozen vents are going to create so much hassle, why not install a simple heater on the vent. It would cost all of $10.00 in parts to create one on your own.

Sounds like a solvable issue, and not a system wide ignition fault, however. At least, that's my opinion.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 04:36 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 327
Repoman is on a distinguished road
Good luck with it bulkwarrior. I wish I could help you but mine has been running like this for about 8K miles now. I have searched hi and low on the internet for a fix and other than the obvious fixes for physically broken parts I haven't been able to cure mine. I hope you get it fixed, in the meantime I will be to see what you did.
2010 Lexus RX350 still new
2003 BMW X5 3.0i w/sport package w/68K miles. (gone Thank God!)
2002 Dodge Ram 2500 4X4 cummins diesel w/198K miles, custom repo truck
2009 Scion tC w/46K miles
2007 Suzuki SV650 custom streetfighter
2000 Lexus GS400 w/165K miles
Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 04:58 PM
killcrap's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: america
Posts: 1,474
killcrap is on a distinguished road
replace all 16 intermediate levers. and if wear is found on the shaft, replace both shafts also.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2010, 11:14 PM
CTSportX5's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 261
CTSportX5 is on a distinguished road
Intermediate levers... been hearing this one alot. Seems to affect alot of 4.4s. Mine just shock a bit on cold morning start, i hope this is not the start of it.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2010, 05:16 PM
Naz24's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 3,603
Naz24 is on a distinguished road
I have a thread on this. my 4.4 did the exact same thing, (upstate NY winters just blow!).. It should be the intermediate levers, jsut be ready for a lengthy repair, my X was in for 3 weeks
2015 M3 / 2012 X5M

Kiss French, Wear Italian, Drive German
Reply With Quote


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 09:41 PM.
vBulletin, Copyright 2018, 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.