2003 BMW X5 P1632 / Engine Failsafe

Tiny
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  • 2003 BMW X5
  • 3.0L
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 140,000 MILES
Driving car one day and the Fail safe flashed on for a sec. Drove normal after that. Parked for 4 hours then drove again for approx 5 mins, accelerated and then the Fail safe mode reappeared and then went into limp mode. Ran a scan and got the a code of 1632. Checked battery, had a low charge, charged up (thinking this was problem), replaced in car then started car up, but cycled the key for a few turns and code reappeared once more, car idles between 500 and 1000 rpm (stutters like its going to stall) then there is a slight backfire noise coming from the front of engine, (bad spark Plug?). No throttle response or brake pressure. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Monday, January 26th, 2015 AT 5:18 PM

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Tiny
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From what info I can find. It states that this is throttle actuator issue. I would first check to see if you have any cracks in your intake tube that is allowing in any un-metered air behind the MAF sensor. Check wiring at the throttle body for any breaks or exposed wire. If all good, I would try to get some throttle body cleaner and cleaning the throttle body and see if that helps. After cleaning try doing the throttle reset procedure."With the car off, turn the ignition to the second position for 10 seconds(do not start) then turn the ignition off for 10 seconds. Then start the car immediately."
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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 AT 6:25 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for the prompt response, really appreciate it, will do what you have proposed, but first got to remove a gasket that has the butterfly valve stuck open. Ironically I had found the solution earlier but was not sure, when remove the upper intake boot and stuck my hand down into the lower boot(pain removing) I felt the gasket there. Here is a post from another site that actually showed the entire thing in detail: http://www.xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-forums/x5-e53-forum/88939-engine-failsafe-prog-solved.html
Go to lower part of page with the pics and you will see my issue, now trying to move butterfly valve so that I can actually remove the gasket and replace. A minor thing that caused a major headache, but thankfully not one in the pocket as a dealer would have probably charged me the sticker price of the car. And thanks again
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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 AT 8:44 AM
Tiny
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Ok, It seems as if that may be your real issue.
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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 AT 6:09 PM

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