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Old 07-11-2018, 06:12 PM
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wipers and self levelling suspension


I've got a wired problem on my 2008 X5 sport. Occasionally when driving I get self leveling suspension fault displayed followed by front and rear wipers slowly moving. This happened twice today after I've pressed AUTO on climate. I know it sounds wired but unless total coincidence I cannot see why it would do that.

Both rear bags were replaced last year together with front springs. Car does not sag nor compressor is on when parked.

Any ideas?
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:10 AM
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Short update. It appears to be something to do with power supply. Today when I try to close both rear windows even when they shut I get 'level control system failure! and wipers moving slowly at front and back.

The car starts OK and there is no abnormal power surge message. So I cannot suspect the battery yet.

....Wipers, self leveling and door - common point is front fuse box. So I've opened it and just wiggled a few relays and connector in the middle. Seems OK now.

Still not to happy as it may come back. Has anybody seen this before?

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Old 07-12-2018, 11:19 AM
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That does sound odd. Easiest place to start would be checking the alternator and the battery. You didn't say your mileage, or engine, but in an 08 I could definitely see it being a voltage supply issue from the alternator if weird electrical gremlins start popping up.
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:24 PM
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Yeah these cars have really sensitive electronics. The symptoms of our dying battery was the clock and trip odometer kept resetting and I think we lost some other settings when the car sat for a few hours. Never ever had issues starting, but did start getting excessive power consumption warnings.

I would get a scanner or one of those cigarette lighter adapters that allows you to monitor voltage while running and see if there's anything obvious going on.
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:15 PM
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Driven it now for 40 miles seems OK. My clock shows time OK so battery must be in good health
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