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BMW X3 E83 (2004-2010)
Technical Articles

Welcome to our BMW X3 technical article directory.  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? Try our search engine, or check out our Enthusiast Forums - focusing on repair and maintenance projects for BMW X1, X3, X4, X5, and X6 models. If you'd like to submit a tech article based on your own experience, please contact us here!
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 Basics & Essentials
Engine Air filter M54 Engine
See how to replace the air filter on M54 engine equipped X3 models
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
Cabin Filter Replacement
Need a new cabin filter? See how to replace it here. Also a few tips on keeping the housing drains clean to prevent interior water leaks.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Identifying Vehicle Options
See how to determine your vehicle options and what you should or may have depending on model year.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Service 1 and 2 Explained
Need to perform routine service but can't find the info or schedule? This tech article breaks down what and when you should service your X3.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Battery Replacement and Notes on Connections
See how to jump start, charge and replace the battery in your X3.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Removing Engine Covers
See how to remove the engine covers on your X3.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Drive Belt Tensioners Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the drive belt tensioners on M54 engine equipped X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
Air Filter Replacing N52
See how to replace the air filter on N52 engine equipped X3 models
     Applies to: X3 E83 (N/A-A), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Engine Splash Shield Removing
This tech article shows you how to remove the engine and transmission splash shields on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Engine Oil Replacing N52 Engine
See how to change and check the oil level on X3 models with an N52 engine.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (N/A-A), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
 Engine
Spark Plug and Coil Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the spark plugs and ignition coils on BMW X3 models with an M54 6-cylinder engine
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Engine Crankshaft Breather Valve Replacing
Need a new breather valve? This tech article shows you how to replace it.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Engine Drive Belt Replacing
See how to replace the drive belts on BMW X3 models with an M54 engine.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Oil Filter Stand Seal Replacing
See how to replace the oil filter stand seal on M54 engine equipped X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
N52 Oil Filter Housing Gasket Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace the oil filter housing gasket on BMW X3 models with an N52 engine.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (N/A-A), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
M54 Starter Motor Replacing
See how to replace the starter motor on X3 models with an M54 engine.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Engine VANOS Actuator Replacing
See how to replace the VANOS actuator on M54 engine equipped X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Engine Valve Cover Replacing
See how to replace the valve cover and gasket on M54 engine equipped X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
Oil Leak Diagnosing
This article shows you how to pinpoint the cause of an oil leak on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
 Fuel Injection
Replacing the Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor on the M54 Engine
See how to replace the mass air flow sensor on M54 engine equipped X3 models
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
Replacing Secondary Air Components
See how to replace the secondary air system components on M54 engine equipped X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
Testing Secondary Air Components
See how to test the secondary air system components on M54 engine equipped X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
Accelerator Pedal Sensor Replacing
See how to replace the accelerator pedal sensor on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Engine Management Systems
Learn about the two engine management systems used in BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
M54 Engine Throttle Housing Replacing
See how to replace and perform the adaptation on X3 model M54 engine throttle housings (bodies).
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Engine Intake Air Ducts and Housing Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the intake air ducts and intake air housing on X3 models with an M54 engine.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Engine DISA (resonance) valve replacing
Rattle near your intake manifold? You may need a DISA valve. See how to replace and test it here.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Engine Camshaft Sensor Testing
See how to test the camshaft position sensor on M54 engine equipped X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Engine Camshaft Sensor Replacing
See how to replace the camshaft position sensor on M54 engine equipped X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Engine Crankshaft Sensor Replacing
See how to replace the crankshaft sensor on BMW X3 models with an M54 engine.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Engine Crankshaft Sensor Testing
See how to test the crankshaft sensor on BMW X3 models with an M54 engine.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Coolant Temp Sensor Replacing
See how to replace and test the coolant temp sensor on BMW X3 models with an M54 engine.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
N52 Crankshaft Sensor Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the crankshaft position sensor on BMW X3 models with an N52 engine.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (N/A-A), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
M54 Fuel Injector Replacing
See how to replace the fuel injectors on X3 models with an M54 engine.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Knock Sensors Replacing
See how to replace the knock sensor on X3 models with an M54 engine.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Engine Intake Manifold Replacing
See how to replace the intake manifold on M54 engine equipped X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
N52 Mass Air Flow Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the mass air flow sensor on N52 engine equipped X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (N/A-A), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
N52 Engine Intake Air Ducts and Housing Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the intake air ducts and intake air housing on X3 models with an N52 engine.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (N/A-A), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
 Cooling System
Radiator cooling fan replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the radiator cooling fan on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Radiator Outlet Temperature Sensor
This tech article shows you how to test and replace the radiator outlet temp sensor on BMW X3 mdoels.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
M54 Engine Thermostat Replacing
Engine overheating? This tech article shows you how to replace the engine thermostat on BMW X3 models with an M54 engine.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Water Pump Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the water pump on M54 engine equipped X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
M54 Engine Coolant Pipe Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the plastic coolant pipes under the intake manifold on M54 engine equipped X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
Cooling System Service
See how to service and bleed the cooling system on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
Coolant Expansion Tank / Reservoir Replacing
See how to replace the expansion tank in this tech article
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
Radiator Replacing
This article shows you how to replace the radiator.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
N52 Engine Thermostat Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the thermostat on N52 engine equipped BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (N/A-A), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
N52 Engine Water Pump Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the water pump on N52 engine equipped BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (N/A-A), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Heater Control Valve Replacing
See how to replace and quickly test the heater control valve on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
 Electrical
Reading and Clearing Fault codes
This tech article shows you how to read and clear fault codes. As well as the differences between the scan tool types.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Washer System Component Testing and Replacement
This tech article shows you how to test the washer components as well as replace them.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Tail Gate Wiper Arm and Motor Replacing
See how to replace the tail gate wiper components on X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (2007-2010)
Radio Antenna Module replacing and testing
Trouble with radio reception? See this tech article for repairs and testing.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (2007-2010)
Brake Light Switch Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the brake light switch.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (2007-2010)
Traction Button, Seat Heat Control Replacing
See how to replace the center console switch assembly using this tech article. Also seat heat, DSC and tire pressure buttons.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (2007-2010)
Hazard and Lock Switch Replacing
See how to replace the hazard and lock switch in this tech article.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (2007-2010)
Radio and IHKA(R) Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the radio and IHKA or IHKR panel on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (2007-2010)
Ground Strap Issues and Testing
No start conditions on X3 models may be caused by faulty engine ground straps. See this tech article for info on diagnosing and repairing
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Hazard and Lock Switch Replacing
See how to replace the hazard and lock switch in this tech article.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
 Transmission
Transfer Case Servo Motor Replacement
This tech article describes how the transfer case system works as well as replacing the transfer case servo-motor on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
M54 Alternator Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the alternator on M54 engine equipped X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
 Brakes
Checking Disc Brake Pad and Rotor Specifications
See how to check if you need brake pads or rotors. Also included are the rotor and pad minimum thickness specifications.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Disc Brake Pad Sensor Testing
If your brake pad warning light will not reset, this tech article will show you how to test the system and determine the cause.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Wheel Speed Sensor Replacement
See how to turn off that pesky ABS light by replacing your wheel speed sensors.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Brake Pad Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace brake pads on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Brake Rotor Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace a brake rotor.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Brake Caliper Replacement
See how to replace and diagnose a brake caliper.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
 Suspension
Tire Pressure Monitoring
See what it means when your tire pressure warning light comes on and how to turn it off. X3 models can come with two different systems, both explained here.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
M54 Power Steering Reservoir Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the power steering reservoir on M54 engine equipped X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
Steering Shaft Replacing
See how to replace the steering shaft on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
 Body
Radiator Grille Replacing
See how to replace the radiator grilles on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Spoiler and Third Brake Light Replacing
See how to remove the spoiler and replace the third brake light.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Fog and Side Marker Light Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the side and fog lights on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Early Tail Light Replacing
See how to replace the tail lights and tail light bulbs in this article.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (N/A-A)
Tail Gate Latch Replacing
Need a new tail gate latch. This article shows you how to replace it.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (2007-2010)
Exterior Mirror Replacing
This article shows how to repair the exterior mirror on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)  
Door Panel Removing
See how to remove the door panel on an X3.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Exterior Mirror Replacing
This article shows how to repair the exterior mirro ron BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Door Panel Removing
See how to remove the door panel on an X3.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Door Latch Replacement
See how to replace and check the function (test) the door latch on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Door Handle Replacement
This tech article shows you how to replace exterior door handles and seals on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Door Lock and Carrier Replacement
See how to to replace the door lock and carrier on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Window Regulator Replacement
See how to replace the window regulator on X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Door Check replacement
See how to replace the door check on X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
 Interior
Glove Box Replacement
See how to replace the glove box and glove box lock in this tech article.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Tail Gate Trim Panel Removing
This tech article shows you how to remove the tail gate trim panel on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Shift Knob, Boot and Bezel replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the shift knob, shift boot and bezel on X3 automatic trans models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (2007-2010)
Power Window Switch Replacing
Need new power window switches in your X3, see how to replace them here.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (2007-2010)
Headlight Switch Replacing
This tech article shows you how to replace the headlight switch.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (2007-2010)
Left Lower Instrument Trim Panel Replacing
Need access to the pedal assembly area? See how to remove the lower left side trim panel.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-2006), X3 E83 facelift (2007-2010)
Spark Plug and Coil Replacing N52 Engine
This tech article shows you how to replace the spark plugs and ignition coils on BMW X3 models with an N52 6-cylinder engine
     Applies to: X3 E83 (N/A-A), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Parking Brake Handle and Boot Replacing
See how to replace the parking brake handle and boot on BMW X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Door Sill Trim Replacement
See how to replace the door entrance trim on X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
Seat Switch Replacement
See how to replace the seat switches on X3 models.
     Applies to: X3 E83 (2004-06), X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)
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