The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has issued a recall for select BMW X5 xDrive 35d diesel vehicles over concerns of faulty engine idler pulley bolts. While the bolts sound like a minor issue, they could loosen and break over time, resulting in the loss of power steering. Select X5 diesel models assembled from September 1, 2008 through November 15, 2012 are included in this recall. The NHTSA believes that 29,800 X5 diesel units are at risk.
The main point of concern has to do with the engine belt idler pulley bolts, which can loosen and ultimately break over time. If this occurs, the X5 can unexpectedly lose power steering which increases the chance of a crash. It’s highly recommended that if you’re in possession of an X5 that falls under this recall notice to go get it checked out professionally. While replacing the idler pulley bolts may sound simple and you may feel like you can do it on your own, don’t. If you don’t have mechanical experience this replacement can quickly go haywire. Improper installation can result in your engine overheating and destroying important parts (and possibly the entire engine) in the process.
BMW will begin notifying owners of X5s with faulty bolts starting next month. Concerned owners can contact BMW directly at (800) 525-7417 or by emailing CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com. Owners can also reach out to the NHTSA by calling (888) 327-4236 and referencing campaign ID number 12V550000.