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Old 04-19-2013, 01:49 PM
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Hey Guys,

For those of you following my suspension drama...I had the repair this morning - the Acumulator Valve was replaced ($500 part / $180 labor + tax & shop fees = $750). Here it is:

LOCATION of the VALVE with all the lines runing into it (left) and the Accumulator (silver tube @ right) = Passenger side beneath door / covered by huge plastic panel:



VALVE (removed - TOP):



VALVE (removed - BOTTOM):



I told my mechanic what was causing the error before, so he loaded the back of my X5 with new vehicle batteries (20 of them) and me and 3 mechanics sat in it and we went for a ride...no code thrown as of now.

I will drive her around for a few weeks and see if this holds. Hopefully, the issue has been nailed.

I hope this helps somebody.

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Old 04-22-2013, 08:55 AM
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Joe,

Glad to hear the issue was fixed! If the code stays off can you correct your thread title to say "SOLVED" so other members can see the resolution was found, really helps us all out, thanks!
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Hey RB,

Unfortunately...it's not fixed. The code returned this weekend. I am standing behind my X5 right now on a lift and my Indy has a call into BMW Tech Support because it's throwing the same code. You are all probably right about the weak pump - just doesn't throw a code that says that. I should be able to get a refund on the $750 accumulator valve repair as it it throwing the same code.

More to come as it develops
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:15 AM
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Hey RB,

Unfortunately...it's not fixed. The code returned this weekend. I am standing behind my X5 right now on a lift and my Indy has a call into BMW Tech Support because it's throwing the same code. You are all probably right about the weak pump - just doesn't throw a code that says that. I should be able to get a refund on the $750 accumulator valve repair as it it throwing the same code.

More to come as it develops

If that's the case its 99.9% your compressor, good news is you can rebuild it with the seals kit from ECS Tuning, it says a VW part but its the same brand compressor. $150 for the kit, I would try that first instead of dropping 510 on a new compressor.

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Like we said earlier and sure I hope you can get your money back for the valve body you replaced, although it says accumulator valve error, the GT1 would show a more specific code of EHC 74 - Accumulator Filling Requested Pressure Remains Constant

Although that code does not say anything about the air pump either, the sentence deduces that filling is requested (from the EHC module) but no increase in pressure is found, as the compressors seals are worn and letting air past. Also, there are at least 3 or 4 members including myself who have scanned that exact code and found that replacement/repair of the compressor does the trick.



GL and keep us posted,
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Bnagy4.8...you were the first to post this and you were right.

I took a peak at my indy's notes while he was on the phone with BMW Tech Support...same error as RB (EHC 74 - Accumulator Filling Requested Pressure Remains Constant). BMW Tech Support got back to my indy & they said right off it was the compressor. My indy made a mistake replacing the valve block first without checking with TS.

I really want this done up completely right & new so I am going to go with the new compressor. I am getting a refund on the valve ($500) so the new compressor will be a balance of $250. Taking it in Wednesday morning to have the compressor done. Will post back with the results.

More 2 come...
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:04 PM
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awesome to hear Joe, if that is the only error you are throwing I can guarantee the replacement of the compressor will fix it!

Arnott Industries who does the replacement airbags/compressors is right in Merritt Island actually, not too far from you!


Are you able to keep the new valve block he installed erroneously anyway? I couldn't see him taking the piece off and putting your old valve block on there as it's now "used" so looks like you have two fresh pieces for the price of one!
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I am fairly sure he will put the old valve block back on as it's $500 for that part. They got the compressor for me for $500 plus labor so it probably is the Arnott (I sent them a link to it before I came in today).

More later...
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:46 PM
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I would imagine so, Arnott sells the same WABCO pump our vehicles come with from the factory, its just not in the BMW box

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Old 04-22-2013, 10:12 PM
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I recently bought that repair kit from ecs tuning and worked like a charm .Its been 3 weeks without any issues. I would change your relay also#6 in rear compartment
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:34 PM
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Hey Guys,

Well with your help, I think the drama is over (knocking wood). I got a complete refund for the $710 Valve Block replacement that was not even the issue (great indy mechanic = priceless!!) and paid like a $75 difference on the replacement of the brand new air pump (better for resale than a repair kit IMHO). You guys rock. DON'T BELIEVE THE COMPUTER / SCANNER!!! When an indy tech tells you what the error code is, ask them to contact TECH SUPPORT to verify!!! Thanks Guys ~ Joey
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