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My 2008 550i BMW rear wheels are locked. A rear tire popped

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My 2008 550i BMW rear wheels are locked. A rear tire popped so I changed it to my summer set. I tried to drive and it seems like the parking break is on and it will barely move at all.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: BMW
Expert:  Steve replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome,
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Are any warning lights on?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No warning lights are on
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Have you experienced this problem at all?
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.


another expert here

1st thing to check is the rear tyre sizes from side to side as its an electronic locking diff so any speed differential between the 2 sides will try an lock the diff up

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
As in different tire sizes? They're the same BMW recommends.
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.



but are they the same on each side of the axle?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
both sets have the same tire sizes . Would it be a problem if it didn't? I think the rim width is a half inch larger.
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.


if the rolling diameter is different side to side it will tie the diff control in knots

but if thats OK then I'd next check that the rear brakes aren't binding and also check the level of the oil in the diff is up to the mark

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.


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