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2005 M5 E60 ABS

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Hi , I'm new to the forum,

 

I've got an M5 E60 registered in 2005 (one of the early ones E60 models) but have only done 70,000 miles.

 

I've recently received a message concerning ABS. It states  "Brake & Drive Control Systems failure, drive moderately" etc.

 

 I've read recently that it maybe the battery which if the charge is low may cause the problem.

 

Any advice out there ?

 

Buzz  

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If it were me I would be into a BMW dealer to let them take a look - an E60 M5 with suspect brake problems sounds like a recipe for disaster.....

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If it were the battery I would expect more problems and warnings than just that one. 

 

As advised, best to get codes read somewhere to get an idea of what it could be.

 

cheers

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Hi all,
 
Thanks for the info.
 
You are right, besides the ABS warning, there is also "Flat Tyre Monitor Failure" and "Transmission Fault" warnings.
 
I'll get the codes checked.
 
All the best,
 
Buzz

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Hi all,
 
Thanks for the info.
 
You are right, besides the ABS warning, there is also "Flat Tyre Monitor Failure" and "Transmission Fault" warnings.
 
I'll get the codes checked.
 
All the best,
 
Buzz

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Your first post indicates you only have  a abs warning if your getting other faults transmission etc then there is a good chance it could be the battery or alternator, use a volt meter to check the voltage at the battery terminals with and without the engine running and post the results.

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Multiple electrical gremlins firing off at random, usually when starting and/or cold tends to point towards battery issues. Considering the weather at present, cold weather brings these home a little quicker as the battery is under more pressure at this time of year.

 

There will be others on here who could advise you better on technical matters but I've always erred towards manufacturer's batteries if changing, and get them fitted by a BMW expert as the battery (apparently) needs to be coded to the vehicle to work properly.  

 

As a footnote, I did find that if jump starting a bigger car (my previous being E65 730d) just trying to jump from the terminals under the bonnet wasn't enough with a standard booster pack,  I needed to jump on the battery as well to "wake up" the computers. Otherwise she'd turn over (lacking enthusiasm) but not fire. 

Edited by Hoopyfrood

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