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BMW X5 E53 (1999-2006) Technical Articles

Welcome to our BMW X5 technical articles section.  We've gathered a vast collection of useful articles to help you repair many items on your BMW.  Save money by avoiding your mechanic and perform the repairs using the information we've provided here.  Can't find what you're looking for? Check out our Enthusiast Forums, focusing on repairs and maintenance projects for BMW X5 models. If you'ld like to submit a tech article based on your own experience, please contact us here!

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 Basics & Essentials
Engine Air Filter Replacement
One of the easiest DIY tasks you will perform on your BMW X5, replacing the air filter.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Changing Engine Oil
This tech article shows you how to replace your engine oil and how to check your oil level on engines that do not have a dipstick.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
Engine Covers Removing
You will need access to the top of the engine for many repairs. This tech article shows you how to remove the engine covers to give you just that.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Cabin Microfilter Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace your cabin microfilter is a few easy to follow steps. Keep that air entering your vehicle interior fresh.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Battery Replacement and Notes
You will need access to the top of the engine for many repairs. This tech article shows you how to remove the engine covers to give you just that.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Engine Splash Shield and Reinforcement Plate Removing
This tech article shows you how to remove the engine splash shield and reinforcement plate on BMW E53 X5s.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Service 1 and 2 Explained
Ever wonder what exactly a service 1 & 2 is? Or maybe how BMW determines what to service when on your vehicle? Well this tech article answers those questions. It also shows how to reset the service indicator.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Jacking Your Vehicle
The most common procedure, jacking your X5.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Identifying BMW E53 Vehicle Options
Need to figure out what options your X5 is equipped with? Trouble ordering the right parts? This tech article will help you determine your year, model and what equipment was available for your vehicle. All helpful info when performing even the simplest DIY task.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
 Engine
Oil Level Sensor Replacement
Oil warning light ON but oil level and pressure are OK? You may have a faulty oil level sensor. This easy to follow guide shows you how to replace it.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
M62 8 Cylinder Spark Plug Coil Replacement
Spark plugs are an important part of your engine - make sure that they are replaced every 60,000 to 100,000 miles (depending on engine type), to keep your ignition system running smoothly.
     Applies to: X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
M62 8 Cylinder Engine Drive Belt Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the drive belts on your X5 M62 8-cylinder engine
     Applies to: X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
M62 8 Cylinder Drive Belt Tensioners Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace and repair the drive belt tensioners on your X5 M62 8-cylinder engine
     Applies to: X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
Engine Mount Replacement
See how to replace your motor mounts in this tech article.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Engine Management Systems
This tech article goes over the engine management system used on BMW E53 X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
M62 Engine Valve Cover Gasket Replacement
See how to replace the valve cover gaskets on M62 engine equipped X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (N/A-A), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
Engine Valley Pan and Coolant Pipes Removal
See how to repair the notorious valley pan gasket on BMW M62 X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (N/A-A), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
M62 8-Cylinder Crankcase Breather Replacement
See how to replace the crankcase breather and the oil separator on BMW X5 models with an M62 8-cylinder engine.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (N/A-A), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
M62 Engine Upper Timing Cover Gasket and VANOS Solenoid Replacement
See how to replace the upper timing cover gaskets and the VANOS solenoids on BMW M62 8-cylinder engines.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (N/A-A), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
M62 8 Cylinder Intake Manifold Replacement
See how to replace the intake manifold on M62 engine equipped X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (N/A-A), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
M62 8-cylinder Engine Starter Replacement
If you're having a problem with your starter motor, this tech article will show you how to replace it.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (N/A-A), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
 Fuel Injection
M62 8 Cylinder Throttle Housing Replacement
Need to remove your throttle housing? We makes it easy with his detailed guide.
     Applies to: X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
M62 8 Cylinder Engine Camshaft Sensor Testing
This tech article shows you how to test those pesky camshaft position sensor fault codes. Know if the sensor is faulty and replace it with confidence.
     Applies to: X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
M62 8 Cylinder Camshaft Position Sensor Replacement
A bad cam sensor can cause reduced engine power and a check engine light. Here's how to change it.
     Applies to: X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
M62 8 Cylinder Crankshaft Sensor Replacement
Crankshaft sensor fault code or an engine that won't start. We'll show you how to replace your crank sensor in this tech article.
     Applies to: X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
M62 8 Cylinder Engine Mass Air Flow Sensor Replacement
Changing the M62 engine MAF sensor is literally a snap with our handy replacement guide.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
M62 8-Cylinder Engine VANOS Seal Replacing
Fix leaks in the VANOS system with this tech article.
     Applies to: X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
M62 8 Cylinder Secondary Air Components Replacement
Secondary air fault codes? This tech article shows you how to replace the secondary air components on BMW X5 models with an M62 8-cylinder engine.
     Applies to: X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
8-Cylinder Engine Oxygen Sensor Replacement
If you an oxygen sensor fault code, this tech article will show you how to replace the sensors associated with it.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (N/A-A), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
Knock Sensor Replacement
Knock sensor fault codes? This tech article shows you how to replace and test the sensors.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (N/A-A), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
M62 8-Cylinder Engine Fuel Injector Replacement
Faulty fuel injectors? This tech article shows you how to replace them on E53 models with an M62 8-cylinder engine.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (N/A-A), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
Fuel Filter Replacement
Time for a tune up? Don't forget about your fuel filter. This tech article will show you how to replace it.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (N/A-A), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
Fuel Pump Replacing
See how to replace the fuel pump, lever sender and siphon jet pump on E5e X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
Fuel Expansion Tank Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the fuel expansion tank on E53 X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
Fuel Pump Testing
See how to test your fuel pump electrical circuit and pressure in this tech article.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
 Brakes
Brake Pads Replacement
Is your brake pad warning light illuminated? If so this tech article shows you how to replace them
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Brake Rotor Replacement
Are your rotors below minimum spec ? This article shows you how to replace them
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Parking Brake Adjusting
If it take more than ten clicks to engage your parking brake they need adjusting. This article explains how
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Parking Brake Shoes Replacement
Parking brakes worn out, making a grinding sound? This article will show you how to replace them
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Brake Caliper Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the brake caliper on BMW X5 (E53) models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Checking Brake Rotor Thickness and Runout
This tech article describes how to inspect and measure your brake pads and rotors. It also includes the disc brake pad and disc brake rotor specs for BMW E53 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
ABS Wheel Speed Sensor Replacement
ABS light on? You may have a faulty wheel speed sensor. This tech article shows you how to replace the front and rear ABS wheel speed sensors on BMW E53 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Brake Master Cylinder Replacement
Soft brake pedal? Your master cylinder may be on the way out. See how to replace it in this easy to follow tech article.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Front Brake Duct Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the front brake duct on BMW E53 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Brake Light Switch Replacement
Brake lights not working? See how to replace your brake light switch on BMW E53 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Brake Line Replacement
This tech article shows you how to repair the all-too-common brake line leak on BMW E53 X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Brake System Bleeding
See how to bleed the brakes on BMW E53 models
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
 Electrical
M62 8 Cylinder Engine Alternator Replacement
Charging system faults or low charging system voltage? Time to replace your alternator. This tech article shows you how on BMW X5 models with an M62 8-cylinder engine.
     Applies to: X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
Blower Motor Final Stage Replacement
Noisy or malfunctioning blower motor? Blower motor only working on one or two speeds? Learn how to replace your blower motor final stage with this article.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Washer Pump Testing
Windshield washer not working? This tech article shows you how to test the front and rear washer pumps and how to replace them.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Radio, IHKA Panel Replacement
The radio and IHKA (climate) control panel are two common failures on BMW E53 X5 models. This tech article shows you how to replace them.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Tail light Replacement
Need to replace a tail light bulb or lens? This tech article will help you get it done.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Reading Vehicle Fault Codes
See how to read fault codes on your BMW X5 in this easy to follow tech article.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
DME (engine control module) and TCM (transmission control module) replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace your DME (engine control module) and TCM (transmission control module). More than just a swap is required, this article explains what is required and how much you may be able to handle yourself.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
Rear Wiper Arm and Motor Replacement
Trouble with your rear wiper arm or motor? This tech article shows you how to replace the tail gate wiper arm and motor.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Third Brake Light Replacing
See how to replace the third brake light assembly on BMW E53 X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Ignition Switch Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the mechanical and electrical ignition switches on BMW E53 X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Steering Column Switch and Clock Spring Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the steering column switches and clock spring on BMW E53 X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Tail Gate Release Handle and License Plate Lights Replacing
Need to replace your license plate lights? Maybe your tail gate release handle is worn out? This tech article shows you how to replace both of those items.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Instrument Cluster Replacement
See how to replace the instrument cluster and the serviceable bulbs on E53 X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Wiper Component Replacement
Need to replace your wiper motor? This tech article shows you how.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
 Cooling System
Coolant Expansion Tank Replacement
These coolant tanks are well known to crack and leak. Replacement is a snap and can be done in no time.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Draining Filling Cooling System
Check it out - More than you ever wanted to know about your cooling system, why you need to maintain it regularly, and how to change that pesky coolant.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
M62 8 Cylinder Coolant Temp Sensor Replacing and Testing
Problem with your coolant sensor? This tech article shows you to replace and test it.
     Applies to: X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
Radiator Outlet Temperature Sensor Replacing
Leaking or faulty radiator outlet temperature sensor? This tech article shows you how to replace it and has a few tips on testing it.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Engine Cooling Fan Replacement
Cooling fan only running on HIGH Then you need this tech article. It shows you how to replace the cooling fan on BMW E60 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
Radiator Replacing
This easy to follow tech article shows you how to replace your radiator.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Heater Valve Testing and Replacement
Is your heat not working? Does it blow only cold or only hot air? You may have a malfunctioning heater control valve. This tech article shows you how to test and replace it.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Cooling System Leak Test
Hard to find coolant leak? Use this tech article to see how to pressure test and locate cooling system leaks on BMW E60 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
M62 8 Cylinder Water Pump Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the water pump on BMW X5 models with an M62 8-cylinder engine.
     Applies to: X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
M62 8 Cylinder Thermostat Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the coolant thermostat on BMW X5 models with an M62 8-cylinder engine.
     Applies to: X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
Auxiliary Cooling Fan Replacing
See how to replace the a/c condensor or auxiliary coolig fan on X5 mosdels.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
 Transmission
Front & Rear Differential Fluid Replacement
This tech article shows you how to service the differential fluid on the front and rear of your BMW X5.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Front Drive Axle and Seal Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the front drive axle and drive axle seal on BMW X5, E53 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Transmission Cooler and Thermostat Replacing
See how to replace the transmission cooler on BMW X5 E53 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Automatic Transmission Range Switch Replacement
If your shift indicator is off or not reading the correct gear, your transmission range switch may be faulty. See how to replace and adjust it in this tech article.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (N/A-A), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
Automatic Transmission Fluid Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the automatic transmission fluid on E53 models with a 5-speed transmission.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (N/A-A), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
Front Driveshaft and Flex-Disc Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the front drive shaft and front flex-disc on E53 X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Rear Driveshaft Flex-Disc Replacement
See how to replace the rear flex-disc also known as the Giubo on E53 X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Rear Driveshaft and Driveshaft Center Bearing Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the rear driveshaft and center support bearing on BMW E53 X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
 Body
Headlight Replacement
This easy to follow tech article shows you how to replace the headlight bulbs and headlight assembly on BMW X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Door Handle Replacement
Door won't open, door handle broken? This article will explain how to replace the handle and the carrier
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Door Latch Replacement
Door won't lock or unlock , you may need a door latch , this article explains how to replace it
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Front Window Regulator Replacement
Window just fell down in the door? You need a new window regulator, this article will guide you through the replacement
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Exterior Mirror Replacement
This article shows how to replace the serviceable parts of the exterior mirror or the entire mirror assembly if needed
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Glove Box Replacement
Need to replace a broken glovebox? Installing aftermarket accessories ? This article shows how to replace the glovebox assembly
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Front Bumper Replacement
Replacing an a/c condenser or cooling fan? You need to remove the bumper cover
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Radiator Grill Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the hood / radiator grills on your BMW E53
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Hood and Hatch Support Strut Replacement
See how to replace the hood and hatch supports in this easy to follow tech article.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Charcoal Canister Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the charcoal canister. It is an important part of the evaporative emission system on your X5.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Front and Rear Wheel Well Liner Replacing
Need to remove the plastic inner fender well liners? This tech article shows you how.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Front Exterior Light Bulbs Replacement
See how to replace the fog light, side marker and turn signal bulb on BMW X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (N/A-A), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (N/A-A), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (N/A-A)
Rear Window Regulator Replacement
This tech artidcle shows you how to replace the rear window regulator on BMW E53 X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Tailgate Lower Latch Replacement
Need to replace the tail gate lower latches on your BMW E53 X5? This tech article illustrates just that.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Rear Bumper Replacing
See how to remove and replace the rear bumper on BMW X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
 Suspension
M62 8 Cylinder Power Steering Pump Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the power steering pump on BMW X5 models with an M62 8-cylinder engine,.
     Applies to: X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003)
Power Steering Reservoir Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the power steering reservoir on BMW X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Front Control Arm Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the lower control arm on BMW X5 vehicle, E53 range.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Sway Bar Link Replacement
Noisy sway bar end links? This tech article shows you how to replace the front and rear sway bar end links on BMW X5, E53 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Rear Shock Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the rear shocks on BMW X5, E53 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Rear Air Spring Replacement
If you have a rear air suspension on your X5 and it slowly loses air, the rear air spring may be the problem. See this tech article for tips on leak checking and replacing your rear air spring.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Tie Rod End Replacement
See how to replace your inner and outer tie rod ends in this easy to follow tech article.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Front Strut Replacement
If your struts are worn, this tech article will show you how to replace them.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Front Tension Strut and Bushing Replacement
The tension strut has two areas of trouble; the ball joint that connects to steering knuckle and the tension strut bushing. See how to replace them both in this easy to follow article covering BMW X5, E53 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Rear Suspension Air Pump Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the rear suspension air pump on BMW E53 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Rear Air Suspension Accumulator Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the rear suspension accumulator on BMW E53 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Front Ball Joint Replacement
The front joint on BMW E53 models is replaced separately from the tension strut. See how to do that procedure in this tech article.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Front and Rear Sway Bars Replacement
Need to replace your sway bars or sway bar bushings? This tech article shows you how. You can even enhance the ride of your X5 with performance sway bars. Use this article as a guide.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Rear Ball Joint Replacement
This tech article shows you a quick way to replace the lower ball joint on BMW E53 X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Rear Drive Axle Replacing
See how to replace your rear drive axle in this tech article.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Rear Drive Axle Seal Replacing
See how to replace your rear drive axle seal in this tech article.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Rear Wheel Bearing Replacement
Noisy rear wheel bearing? This tech article shows you how to replace it.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Rear Upper Control Arm Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace your rear upper control arm.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Rear Traction Strut Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace you rear traction strut.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Transfer Case Fluid Replacing
See how to service the fluid in the transfer case of your BMW X5.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
 Interior
Hazard Door Lock and Headlight Switches Replacement
Need to replace your headlight or hazard light switch? This tech article shows you how on BMW X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Seat Switch Replacement
Memory seat not working, or maybe your seat won't move. This tech article shows you how to replace the seat switches on you BMW X5.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Front Seat Belt Buckle Replacement
Is your airbag light on with a code for the seat belt pre-tensioner? If so, this tech article shows you how to replace it without removing the seat from the vehicle.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Seats Replacement
This tech article shows how to remove the front and rear seats in your BMW X5
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Door Panel Replacement
This article explains how to remove and replace the interior door panel
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Center Console Replacement
Need access to components below the center console ? This article will show you how to get there
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Seat Switch Replacement
If you power seat is giving you trouble, this tech article may help. There are instructions on how to replace the switches and notes on how to test function of the switch and motors.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Interior Pillar Panel Replacement
See how to remove the interior pillar trim panels in this easy to follow tech article.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Tail Gate Latch Replacement
Need to replace the tail gate latch on your BMW E53 X5? This tech article illustrates just that.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Left Lower Dashboard Trim Replacement
Need to access components under the left side of your dashboard? This tech article shows you how to remove the lower left side trim panel and knee bolster.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Steering Wheel, Driver Airbag Replacement
See how to replace your driver airbag and steering wheel in this tech article.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Door Entrance Trim Replacement
See how to freshen up the interior of your X5 by replacing the door entrance trim.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Rear Door Panel Replacement
This tech artidcle shows you how to replace the rear door panel on BMW E53 X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
Hood Release Cables and Latches Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the hood release cables and latches on E53 X5 models.
     Applies to: X5 3.0i (2000-2006), X5 4.4i (M62TU) (2000-2003), X5 4.4i (N62) (2004-2006), X5 4.6i (M62) (2000-2003), X5 4.6i (N62) (2004-2006)
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