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Repairing Door Handles On A BMW X5 2000 Thru 2006



The hinges may be worn down from regular wear and tear, damaged by corrosion, or even warped or dented from an impact of some kind. If the hinges look a little rusty or clogged with dirt, you can try cleaning them off with WD-40 and other cleaning supplies. You can also take a screwdriver and try to tighten up any screws in the door hinges and see if it helps your door align better. However, as with your door handles, a certified professional at an auto body shop should handle any advanced repairs.




Repairing door handles on a BMW X5 2000 thru 2006



1.) Check if your exterior door handles have a few ridges on top of the handle by the lock (2). The BMW Comfort Access system does not feature automatically locking doors, so these raised lines serve as the contact point to touch when you lock the doors.


Activating your Comfort Access retrofit is simple, as BimmerTech's kit is designed with easy installation in mind. Depending on how many doors you order replacement Comfort Access handles for, it will only take an hour or two to fit the parts.


Your model will also influence whether your car has Comfort Access on all four doors, or only the front two. Four-door is the norm on BMW higher-end models, but 3 Series F30 owners will find that Comfort Access door handles are only found at the front of the car.


At 60,000 miles, the driveline will need its fluids changed. This includes the AWD system's fluids (front and rear differentials and the transfer case), and, on a BMW X5 with an automatic transmission, we'd strongly recommend changing the transmission fluid and its filter every 60,000 miles as well, to avoid longer-term 2000-2006 BMW X5 E53 automatic transmission problems. The manual transmissions are sealed for life, and generally don't need any attention apart from an occasional clutch replacement, but if you want to be extra cautious, replace the manual gearbox's oil every 100,000 miles.


This is a very common problem among all BMWs of this era and is also a leading cause of 2000-2006 BMW X5 engine problems. These oil leaks usually originate from the valve covers and their gaskets, and from oil-filter housings and their gaskets, and both six-cylinder and V8 engines of all generations are prone to developing these oil leaks. Because the various gaskets are made of rubber, they degenerate due to prolonged exposure to engine heat and oil, causing them to harden and become brittle, allowing engine oil to seep past the gasket surfaces. This problem is compounded by the fact that the valve covers and oil-filter housings are made of plastic, which also degenerates with age, due to heat, vibration, and exposure to engine oil, rendering them vulnerable to cracking when disturbed.


Extensive use of plastic components is the leading cause of problems in the cooling system on both six-cylinder and V8 engines as well. Critical components like the expansion tank, coolant-pump impeller, thermostat housing, and various connecting fittings are all made of plastic, and are the root cause of most 2000-2006 BMW X5 coolant leak and overheating problems.


How to spot: Vanos failure will manifest as difficult starting, idle problems on any 2000-2006 BMW X5 with the issue, a lack of mid-range performance, increased fuel consumption, and a ticking noise from the front of the engine. When querying the engine control unit, the error codes P0011, P0014, P0015, P0021, P0024, P1028, P1055, P1056, P1070, P1071 or P1145 may appear in a scan.


This problem is not limited to BMW products, but it does pose a notable issue on the E53 BMW X5. The main culprits here are the front control-arm bushings and the rear subframe mountings, both of which are mounted through rubber bushings. These bushings isolate the cabin from road shocks and noise, but they do tend to wear out quite rapidly. Consequently, worn rubber bushings are responsible for most 2000-2006 BMW X5 suspension problems.


2000-2006 BMW X5 air conditioning problems are fairly rare, but when they occur, they tend to be real head-scratchers. Sources for these AC problems run all the way from a defective compressor clutch through a malfunctioning pressure sensor to a faulty climate control panel, and can be very tricky to diagnose correctly. In most cases, the problem lies with the compressor itself, or at the auxiliary cooling fan mounted on the air-con condenser in front of the engine radiator.


Depending on the car's specifications, an E53 X5 may be equipped with air suspension, either at the rear for self-leveling purposes, or on all four wheels to facilitate adjustable ride height. Unfortunately, air suspension systems generally prove temperamental as they age, so there are a number of 2000-2006 BMW X5 air suspension problems to note. These issues usually relate to defective airbags in the suspension system or an underperforming air compressor, but can point to a problem with the suspension-mounted height sensors and their calibration as well. This system is very tricky to calibrate properly, and not all dealerships are actually capable of diagnosing problems or calibrating it correctly, so always get a second opinion about the cause of an air-suspension problem to make the best-informed decision regarding possible repairs.


With its heavy load of electronic and electrical gadgetry, it's quite surprising very few owners report serious 2000-2006 BMW X5 battery, alternator, or electrical problems. In most cases, the alternator is the main culprit, simply because the carbon brushes inside it wear out with age, and most battery problems can be traced to current draws through one or more of the control units in the car. E53 BMW X5 starter problems are quite isolated and are usually only due to normal wear. If a 2000-2006 BMW has cold-start problems, it may be due to a poor earth connection, a degraded battery, or a faulty temperature sensor.


2000-2006 BMW X5 injector problems are few and far between, and the fuel-injection system as a whole appears to be quite robust. BMW E53 X5 ignition switch problems appear with age, however, especially if the ignition key is bundled together on one holder with other keys. The best way to avoid this is to keep your car key and other keys separately so that the ignition barrel doesn't have to support any excess weight.


Some owners reported 2000-2006 BMW X5 panoramic sunroof problems, where the opening pane either wouldn't open or close properly, or leak inside the car after getting washed. In the former case, the problem likely lies with the sunroof's operating mechanism, which is awash with plastic fittings that deteriorate with age. If the sunroof leaks, the drainage channels from the sunroof tray need to be cleaned out, before water damage can occur to the electronic components located nearby.


One symptom of such a drain blockage around the sunroof involves the taillights, which have electrical connectors that are vulnerable to rust, and will lead to 2000-2006 BMW X5 taillight problems due to corrosion. Another possibility is that the navigation system (if fitted) could develop similar problems, due to its controller's location in close proximity to the sunroof drain. This will cause 2000-2006 BMW X5 navigation screen problems - everything else will work, but the display will be blank.


There are some 2000-2006 BMW X5 transfer case problems to mention, especially on pre-facelift X5 models, whose transfer cases and driveshafts often suffer from chain failures as well as too-short driveshaft splines, both of which will cause a loss of drive and grinding noises while driving. No 2000-2006 BMW X5 transfer case recall was issued, however.


Very few owners reported any 2000-2006 BMW X5 door lock problems, although the need might occasionally arise to perform key programming. This will usually be after a battery replacement, but is an easy process that doesn't require a visit to the dealership or any diagnostic equipment. Check out one of the many online videos dealing with this procedure.


E53 BMW X5 door handle problems are also rare, and are often caused by a dislocated actuating lever in the door itself, but 2000-2006 BMW X5 liftgate or tailgate problems are not so rare, and are usually caused by a failed latch mechanism or electric latch release switch. This can, fortunately, be repaired from inside the car, if the liftgate cannot be persuaded to open at all.


2000-2006 BMW X5 window problems are mentioned quite frequently, and usually have one or two causes. Either the window's cable-operated mechanism derails or seizes, in which case the repair will involve a complete strip-down of the door, or one of the plastic mounting blocks which locate the window pane to the mechanism is broken, which is a much easier repair.


Some owners report fuel- and/or temperature-gauge problems on their 2000-2006 BMW X5 vehicles. In some cases, replacing the temperature sensor solves the problem, but most cases are resolved by tightening (gently bending) the pins where the electrical harness connects to the gauge cluster with a fine-point screwdriver.


BMW of South Atlanta is a part of SONS Auto Group and we have been thriving in the auto sales and service industry since 1918. We are here to provide you the easiest shopping experience for Original Manufacturer Auto Parts there is. You can rest assured that when you order your Left Front Door Handle Carrier (51218243615) from us, you will get a genuine OEM part that is specifically designed and manufactured to fit your 2000-2006 BMW X5 vehicle.


Work Completed: Numerous rust areas treated and repaired (including replacing the nearside A-frame and correctly filling and repairing a dent in the passenger door) before stripping and prepping the car for a full body respray, fitted new chrome brightwork including the bumpers, fitted a new bootlid, fitted new door mirrors, cleaned and repainted the engine and replaced the HT leads.


Work Completed: Replaced convertible hood and interior, installed chrome trim around the interior door handles and airvents, fitted a metal gearknob and handbrake handle, fitted chrome MX-5 kickplates, fitted a new chrome mesh grille, fitted a new aerial, installed a performance air filter and chassis braces, repaired and repainted corroded A-pillar, stock alloys upgraded to second hand 15" white Enkei factory units and tyres from the second generation (NB) model. 041b061a72


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