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Old 05-08-2008, 06:20 PM   #1
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Exclamation Transmission Light On/Off like this ([!]) HELP

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Hi, I really wanna get some comment and help right here. My car is in 96053k right now. When I was driving it last week, my Transmission light is turned on in the dash board which contain in the small square of the transmission box. It comes out with a sign beside the "D" < like this ([!]). Also, after that sign is on, my car just keep my speed to the "3 & 4 gear speed". When I try to shut down the car and wait abt 2 minutes..then start the car again, the ([!]) is off. I bring my car to my local BMW dealer and they helped me to check the code and stuff...end up, they told me to bring back my OEM CD player and they try to take my alpine out and install my oem back and install my alpine back when i pick up my car. End up in the invoice said they have checked the problem....light turn off didn't come out again, can't check fault. that su!Ks! that mean they do nothing!

Yesterday, When I was driving it out at the night time, the ([!]) is come out again. This make me crazyyyyy...did anyone have the same problem? What is going on!!

My dealer charge me for the checking cost $205.64 for the labor + gst&pst
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Old 05-08-2008, 06:43 PM   #2
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the dealer says your tranny goes into limp mode cuz of your aftermarket head? this has to take the cake
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Old 05-08-2008, 06:45 PM   #3
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Actually, it's not the first time I've seen that.

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Old 05-08-2008, 06:49 PM   #4
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Any idea what is it, I already so headach of that! Did any one fix that problem? HELP HELP HELP
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Old 05-08-2008, 06:50 PM   #5
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That mean your tranny is going into limp home mode. Thats not good... might be time to get a new tranny. Or sell the car "as is no warranty"
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Old 05-08-2008, 06:51 PM   #6
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I'm assuming the symbol you're making is the DSC symbol, right? Have you checked out your battery lately? I think the first thing to start giving you issues will be your DSC if the battery is getting weak.
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Yaa.....my car battery is dead and I have already changed a new battery on the April middle time!
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Yaa.....my car battery is dead and I have already changed a new battery on the April middle time!
Has anybody bothered to check the KOER voltage to ensure the alternator is charging? Low system voltage will cause the ECU to begin shutting down systems in an effort to conserve battery capacity.
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This thing come to me very bad, Iam ready to do a clean change (INSP 2)for my car. But now I wanna fix this problem first before I do the change!

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Old 05-08-2008, 07:24 PM   #10
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Make sure the alternator isn't crapping out.
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Put a voltmeter across your battery terminals while the engine is running, and make sure that the voltage reads at least 13.5-14.0volts. If it doesn't, then that means your alternator isn't charging and that everybody at your BMW dealership should be fired for incompetence.
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I don't think it's the alternator problem. If it is that problem, last time I pick up my car, they will told me that i think! =(
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I don't think it's the alternator problem. If it is that problem, last time I pick up my car, they will told me that i think! =(
The fact that they blamed the problem on your head unit shows that they are incompetent, and incompetent people are extraordinarily capable of making mistakes such as overlooking an alternator charging problem.

If you have a voltmeter, do yourself a favor and check the voltage yourself. It should literally take you 1 minute. The fact that your battery failed just a few weeks ago suggests that you might have had other electrical issues at the time.
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The fact that they blamed the problem on your head unit shows that they are incompetent, and incompetent people are extraordinarily capable of making mistakes such as overlooking an alternator charging problem.

If you have a voltmeter, do yourself a favor and check the voltage yourself. It should literally take you 1 minute. The fact that your battery failed just a few weeks ago suggests that you might have had other electrical issues at the time.
Yea they are incompatent........


SI B 24 04 06
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This Service Information bulletin supersedes S.I. B24 04 06 dated September 2006.

[NEW] designates changes to this revision
SUBJECT
ZF 5HP19 - Diagnosis of EGS FC 059 & 065

MODEL
[NEW] E46: 325i, 330i with M54, M56 and ZF 5HP19 up to 04/2004

E39: 525i, 530i with M54 and ZF 5HP19

E85: Z4 with M54 and ZF 5HP19 up to 04/2004
SITUATION
Transmission warning light is illuminated and transmission enters fail-safe mode.

Fault codes FC 059 (3B) "Stall speed plausibility", and/or FC 065 (41) "Gear monitoring 4, limp-home program" are stored in the EGS control module.
Also, the following ambient conditions are stored in EGS for the gear monitoring faults 065, or 059: l
- "Throttle valve angle 0%",
- "Battery voltage 0 V ".

IMPORTANT NOTE: If any other fault codes are stored in the EGS control unit in conjunction with FC 059 and/or 065, then contact BMW Technical Hotline/Drivetrain (via PuMA) for further assistance.

CAUSE
Possible causes: electromagnetic interference or voltage fluctuation in vehicle's electrical system affecting the transmission turbine speed signal.

Non-approved aftermarket electrical equipment, or loose/corroded connections in the electrical system are the main reasons for the electromagnetical interference.

PROCEDURE
1. NEW Inspect vehicle for presence of various, non-approved aftermarket electrical equipment. If such an equipment is installed, contact a customer and with his/her permission disconnect it (remove it) from the vehicle.

2. NEW In case a customer does not wish to remove aftermarket equipment which may be causing an electromagnetic interference, provide him/her with an option of installing a special EGS control module (step 5 of this procedure). This repair and diagnostic time would NOT be covered by BMW warranties (customer pays for parts and labor).

3. In case aftermarket equipment is not found, then inspect connections and repair if needed at:

- Battery terminals,
- Battery ground connection,
- Ground/B+ splices/connection in engine and body harness,
- Ground connection at the ignition secondary windings, etc.

4. Using DIS/GT1 check the DME fault memory to determine if there is any fault in the primary or secondary ignition. Correct if needed.
5. In case, no problem can be found in the vehicle's electrical or ignition systems, then install the improved EGS control module (PN 24 60 7 548 312) fitted with interference suppression capacitor. The improved control module can be recognized by the index number "002", or higher, printed on the white, Bosch label below the second bar code. Currently, all EGS control modules available for BMW PDCs are equipped with the interference suppression system.

6. Program and code the basic EGS control module.
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Old 05-08-2008, 08:10 PM   #16
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The Light is light this! But mine is only pop up when the car is running "D" not "P"
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It's your transmission light...what on God's green earth that has to do with your cd player, only $205.64 will know.
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It's your transmission light...what on God's green earth that has to do with your cd player, only $205.64 will know.
I suspect they wanted to return the CD to factory spec to eliminate the possibility of wiring faults introduced by installing non OEM player.
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Old 05-08-2008, 08:30 PM   #19
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The dealer is devil man, they always kill our $$!
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The dealer is devil man, they always kill our $$!

Well, you kind of set yourself up for that one. No offense, but your owner's manual would have showed you what that light is, and you could've stopped your dealer from yanking your cd-player out. Unless they were searching for something electrical, that would be a different story. As far as I'm concerned, this is a mechanical issue.

Sell the car, now, as is.
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