BMW 535i Repair and Maintenance
A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your BMW 535i
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BMW 535i ProblemsOutside Mirror May Fold Out To Far
One vehicles equipped with power folding mirrors, the mirror may fold out past the standard position. Our technicians tell us that if this occurs a special procedure must be followed to relearn the correct mirror home position.
Late model BMW 535i turbo engines suffer from waste gate issues which become progressively worse with normal driving and especially with harsh driving conditions.
The turbocharger uses exhaust gas to create air pressure which is then forced into the engine. When there is no demand for power, the exhaust gases are released into the exhaust through a waste gate to prevent the turbo from speeding up.
“Waste gate rattle” or “Turbo rattle” is a result of excessive movement between the waste gate and the waste gate seat. This is a progressive issue with the following symptoms:
- Rattling at cold start
- Rattling upon deceleration
- Loss of power
- Check Engine Light Illumination
- Manufacturer Specific OBD trouble code P30FF
- Very poor engine performance and MPG
Adjustment of the waste gate actuator can solve the issue, but the issue will return. If adjustment does not correct the issue, the turbocharger waste gate must be rebuilt with new bushings, or the turbocharger must be replaced. BMW has replaced many turbocharger assemblies under warranty to correct this issue.
The front thrust rod bushings—also referred to as tension strut bushings—are known to fail occasionally. The oil-filled rubber mounts weaken and crack over time, causing a mushy road feel and shuddering in the steering wheel when going over bumps.
BMW 535i QuestionsIs it better to replace timing chain tensioner or engine? (1 answer)
Its all original parts only been 164000 miles.
It starts jus runs rough
I am having loss of power issues.
BMW 535i RecallsSeat Mounted Air Bags Do Not Deploy When Needed In An Accident
The igniters in the front seat side air bag assemblies may not function in a crash. Dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the front seat side air bags free of charge to resolve the concern.
The sensor cluster unit (SCU), if previously replaced during a service visit, may not be able to accurately determine if activation of safety restraint components is necessary in an accident. This could prevent deployment of air bags and other restraint system devices in an accident. Dealers will replace the SCU free of charge to resolve the concern.
The in-tank fuel pump may have wire contacts that are not properly crimped, resulting in the wiring connector melting, fuel leakage and vehicle stalling. Dealers will replace the fuel pump module free of charge to resolve the concern.