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Old 01-29-2013, 11:42 PM
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Question Transfer case problems 2005 4.4i auto

Long time user of xoutpost but first post. I have 2005 x5 4.4i auto. My transmission feels like it is slipping in every gear except first. I have read many posts with similar problems. I'm thinking its the clutches in the transfer case. I have unplugged the actuator and it shifts fine. Plug it back in and it feels like its slipping. Does my x5 have clutches in transfer case or is it a chain? And if it has clutches can they be replaced? I have changed transfer case oil and front diff. Both looked and smelled burnt. TC was the worst. I put the correct oil in. What else could be the problem?
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Did you change the ATF? Sounds like the trans was abused.
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I have 04 4.4.. Similar symptoms as you. Actually, basically the same symptoms. It was my transfer case entirely. Either rebuild or replace it. Car feels great now.
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Do you get sort of a studder when accelerating?
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Oh also, I had my TC actuator motor replaced first to see if it fixed problem, when it didn't, I did full TC. Cost me $3500 at BMW
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I'd take a look at the TC Actuator motor and see if the plastic gear is stripped. If it's bad, check out this web site for a replacement gear, (much cheaper than replacing the entire unit):

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I have replaced the gear in the actuator although it didn't need one. Does my model x5 have clutches in the TC or a chain?

Also my back driver side air suspension is leaking when car is off. Is there anyway to patch it up?
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Yes it does fill like a shudder when accelerating. The harder I push it the more noticeable it is.
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I have replaced the gear in the actuator although it didn't need one. Does my model x5 have clutches in the TC or a chain?

Also my back driver side air suspension is leaking when car is off. Is there anyway to patch it up?
You have to replace the airbags. Do a search, I think there's a DIY

Unfortunately, it sounds like you need a new TC. Go to a tranny shop or reputable Indy..
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colecruse, how many miles and do you drive with the sport mode all or most of the time ?
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