BMW X5 Electrical nightmare

Tiny
RKOELLNER
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  • 2001 BMW X5
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 165,000 MILES
My 2001 BMW X5 has all kinds of false warning lights on the dash. At the same time, the transmission went into emergency mode where you have no control, the ABS Brakes, Anti Slip and brake lights all came on. It appears that I am have a freakish voltage or battery problem. When I shut the car down, it acts like it cant start and the battery is drained. Click, click, click is all you hear when you attempt to start it.
I purchase a new battery today, it worked for 10 minutes and the process started over.
I hear it can be a voltage regulator or alternator problem.
If I understand correctly, the car needs a voltage regulator along with the battery to stabilize the voltage. When the voltage is fluctuating, many of the sensors fail to work properly.

This is all of course just speculation. Any ideas or help would be great!
Rob
rob@borrowfromrob. Com
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Monday, January 3rd, 2011 AT 2:09 AM

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Tiny
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OK, lets see what we can do here. You are correct about the voltage issue, if you have a new battery and it was good for 10 mins, then the next thing to do is to put a volt meter on the battery when its running and see where the voltage is, it should be about 14 volts. If not, then the possibility of a failed alternator is what occurs to me, check the voltage and let me know what you find. Dr. Hagerty
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Monday, January 3rd, 2011 AT 4:14 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the confirmation. I will do some testing. The new battery I ahd yesterday, is not dead when I tried to start it this morning. We ar also at -15 outside and this I am sure has some impact on the battery.
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Monday, January 3rd, 2011 AT 4:23 PM
Tiny
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Yes it does, brrrrrr!
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Monday, January 3rd, 2011 AT 4:24 PM

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