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2005 645ci: Malfunction..goes away..spark plugs..the alternator

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I've been getting a "Dynamic Drive Malfunction" error message on my 2005 645ci. It comes on randomly and goes away when the car is turned off. Tried a new shop this weekend to get the spark plugs replaced - mentioned the issue to the mechanic and he said that some times when the alternator begins to go it can cause the car to throw codes and the Dynamic Drive Malfunction was one of them. Is that possible?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: BMW
Expert:  Steve replied 5 years ago.

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It is possible for the alternator to cause this warning, yes. However, there are a number of other things that can commonly cause this warning, so I would definitely NOT jump in on an alternator replacement until the fault memory is read out of the dynamic drive system to confirm the problem. Having the fault memory read will verify the issue, and allow you to proceed with the proper repairs and eliminate all guess work.

 

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
What other issues could be causing the Dynamic Drive Malfunction error? What's an acceptable range for volts for the alternator? What reading would be too high?
Expert:  Steve replied 5 years ago.

It should be right around 14V to 14.5V with the car running

 

There are a number of things that can cause this message aside from the alternator. A problem with the dynamic drive control module, a problem with the front sway bar, a low fluid level in the system, a failing steering angle sensor, etc.

 

Again, the fault memory must be read out of the system to confirm. Only then can appropriate repair measures be carried out.

 

Please let me know if you have further questions.

 

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Last question. Assuming it is one of the things you mentioned can you estimate $$ for the parts/repair?

 

dynamic drive control module -

 

problem with the front sway bar -

 

failing steering angle sensor -

 

 

Expert:  Steve replied 5 years ago.

$800

$1500

$500

 

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Steve

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Any of these issues "dangerous" (cause an accident / wheel fall off type stuff) or are they more performance "feel" types of issues?
Expert:  Steve replied 5 years ago.

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They are not likely to be dangerous, but I would have it rectified sooner than later.

 

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