2001 BMW X5 Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2001 BMW X5
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2001 BMW X5 ProblemsFront Outer CV Boots May Tear and Leak at 60,000 Miles
After 60,000 miles, the front outer half-shaft boots tend to tear and leak grease. In most cases, only the boot will have to be replaced; however, if it is not repaired soon enough, the half-shaft may need to be replaced. The front outer boots are put under heavy stress because of their involvement with the suspension when making turns.
The low coolant light may illuminate and/or the engine may overheat as a result of a coolant leak from the water pump. The leaking pump will require replacement and the entire cooling system should be inspected for leaks as it is not uncommon to find multiple leaks on higher mileage vehicles.
Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.
Valve cover gasket leaks are common after 60,000 miles. Symptoms will include oil drips under the vehicle and burning oil smell from the engine compartment.
2001 BMW X5 QuestionsTemperature gauge shows overheating, then cools (2 answers)
temperature gauge rises to show red, then settles to middle when driving, goes red when at stop. Same route may have no change in gauge the same day under similar conditions
2001 BMW X5 RecallsBMW Recalls 2000-2002 X5 Vehicles Due to an Issue Securing the Front Brake Line
The front brake line where it is mounted at the front strut could become detached, allowing the brake hose to contact the tire. This contact may cause the brake hose to wear and leak, which can cause brake loss. Dealers will install an additional retainer clip to secure the brake line and make sure there has been no damage to the hoses.
The brake pedal arm may detach from its support bracket. If this occurs, braking may become impossible, which can cause an accident. Dealers will check the brake pedal arm pivot shaft for proper mounting and positioning. An additional pin will be installed to secure the shaft to the bracket.