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Old 02-04-2013, 11:06 AM   #1
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Hey guys- I'm a 1st time BMW owner. 2001 325i with 42k miles I picked up for 8 grand. Its in great condition and I've been all over the forums learning about it. I've always done my own maintenance but I realize this car is different. Anyway the car was due for inspection I so I did the oil change and the cabin filter. Checked all the fluids, batter, belts, hoses etc. All looks good. I did not take off the wheels and remove the front pads as the service manual recommends. It was too cold out. I reset the oil service/inspection but accidentally got into the test menu and may have screwed something up in there but not sure. Anyway- when I drove the car today there was a significant front end shimmy that would come and go and the right front caliper started hanging up after a hard brake for a red light. The car was perfect yesterday. Is there any way I could have screwed something up in that test menu to cause this? I googled the test menus and didn't really see anything that may affect the steering or brakes. Any advice before I take it to the shop? Thanks and sorry for potentially being an idiot!
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:08 AM   #2
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:39 PM   #3
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Didn't think so. Guess its off to the shop.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:58 PM   #5
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Would opening up microsoft word to type something on a computer cause the video card to fail?

No, whatever setting you looked at on your OBC did not cause a mechanical fault on your car. If your caliper failed you can get a rebuilt one from autozone.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:53 AM   #6
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I didn't think it would, but I'm new to BMW's and there is so much electronic control I figured I'd ask before investigating further. Thought possibly could be something with the DSC. I ended up replacing the calipers and the problem is solved!

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