I think my alternator is out on my 2003 BMW X5 and need to replace it. Is this something I could do?
Country: United StatesMake: BMWModel: X5 4.4iYear: 2003Engine: V8
Hello and welcome to JustAnswer BMW,My name is XXXXX XXXXX it will be my pleasure to assist you today. What is your experience / skill level?
I'm fairly skilled...I've had to do a good amount of work on my X5 so far - flushed and changed the transmission fluid/oil changes/battery change, etc.
The main issue is my battery was fully dead today as the battery light had come on in the dash, and my wife didn't let me know about it until today...
So I ended up replacing the battery, but still have the battery light, which in the manual says it's related to the battery not getting an active charge via the alternator.
Okay. Well the answer to your question is yes, this is something that can be done at home with the right skills and tools. Is that the only answer you were looking for?
I assumed I would be able to, what I'm looking for is a set of online steps (preferably with pictures) that can help me walk through the basic process.
I know from bmw forums that the process isn't too hard, I just can't seem to find the right set of steps I'll need to gain access to the alternator, as well as what tools/etc I'll need to get it done.
do you have the last 7 digits of the vin available?
Yes, it's: LH46096
I will post the info you have requested shortly
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the pressure regulator on this model can be at the engine, or under the car
I have uploaded the factory BMW instructions for you for this: CLICK HERE and then press "download" to save a copy
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you have the M62 engine so follow those steps
pay attention to the "preliminary tasks" as the instructions are not in perfect order.
you will need to buy/rent/borrow a fan holder for this, otherwise you should be able to get away with normal tools
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