EDU: How to change the battery in an X5 (2001 - ?)

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  1. geekierthanyou

    geekierthanyou Crews: DSLR, Brolie, Classic Car, Gun, Zombie, Pro

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    Hey all,

    Just changed the battery in the X5 and noticed that there weren't any threads (that I could find) that really detailed how to do it, so I documented it for others to learn.

    First, the battery is located directly underneath the spare tire, but it's not super easy to get to.

    Items needed:
    Battery
    10mm wrench
    13mm wrench

    Remove the cargo area floor
    Remove the tire
    with a 10mm wrench, remove the four bolts around the hump (seems to be some sort of air system in there, no idea) that the tire goes around. Mine had a ground wire attached to it so pay attention to that.
    Remove the crossbraces (13mm wrench)
    with your 10mm wrench loosen (don not remove) the nut clamping the connectors to the battery terminals (ground wire first).
    replace battery (I just bought one from Kragen).

    To put it back together, do it all backwards

    Now for the pretty pictures:

    Overview
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    Start here:
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    Remove the cover:
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    After the tire is removed:
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    After the round thing is removed
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    Last two nuts
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  2. popsnbeer

    popsnbeer New Member

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    That's ridiculous
     
  3. bubbaZR2

    bubbaZR2 i poop too much, then i get tired... OT Supporter

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    new bmw's dont even have dipsticks... Its getting insane
     
  4. LabradorBoy

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    Wow. Honestly, if I had to take that much crap apart to change a battery, I would break out the sawzall or at least once I calmed down, reconsider my purchase.
     
  5. geekierthanyou

    geekierthanyou Crews: DSLR, Brolie, Classic Car, Gun, Zombie, Pro

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    That's pretty much what I was saying the entire time I was doing it... and this was iteration number 5. I started in the engine compartment (silly me) and worked all thee way back because it's not written anywhere where the stupid battery is held. The battery that was in there was the original tho (7 years) and now that I know I could probably change it in 15 minutes.
     
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    My bimmer's battery is in the trunk but they made it much more accessible than that. It has it's own removable panel that covers it.
     
  7. IslanderOffRoad

    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    you're supposed to take it to the dealer and pay $1000 for that.
     
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    BMW ftmfl.
     
  9. affende

    affende Resident 4X4 Elitest Prick

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    people need a write up for this shit? :bowrofl::bowrofl::bowrofl::bowrofl::bowrofl:
     
  10. IHAVECRABS

    IHAVECRABS Diversity is our strength. LOLOL

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    all that shit to get to the battery :ugh: :ugh: :bowrofl:
     

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