2003 BMW X5 Ventilation Controls Malfunction

Tiny
MTIMPERMAN
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  • 2003 BMW X5
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 104,000 MILES
After driving for a couple of hours, air flow from the front vents all but cease. Manual manipulation of the blower speed results in an audio response from the blower that tracks but no change in air flow. After parking (off) for an hour or so, system will return to normal operation.

While malfunctioning (1) Airflow from rear vents not affected. (2) Selecting MAX causes maximum blower sound but still severely restricted air flow.
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Friday, May 29th, 2009 AT 9:43 PM

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Tiny
DR. HAGERTY
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The IHKA system (heating, ventilation, air conditioning system) has a fault and you need to have that or those faults read out and let us know what they are. It could be a blown fuse or a blend door actuator failing or plugged microfilters or any of several problems. Loss of airflow through the vents that is intermittent as you report is possibly also due to a coding error or even a software glitch. Have you been to the dealer? Do you have a mechanic for your car?
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Friday, May 29th, 2009 AT 10:56 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the quick response.

Using a Bavarian Autosport fault code reader, I checked for fault codes. There are none. I haven't been to the dealer. My experience is that when it isn't 'broke' they can't fix it.

Is there a single failure (intermittent or other) that you can think of that would cause this problem? Actuator? Cabin temp sensor? Cable? Other?

When last happened, selecting AUTO, MAX, lower, mid or upper had no effect on air distribtuion. Only control that had any response was manual fan speed: you could hear fan speed up / slow down. Can't remember what happened when I hit defrost button, but I don't think the airflow changed (could be mistaken).

Will be driving a shorter distance today! If it happens, I'll try to get more data.
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Saturday, May 30th, 2009 AT 6:13 AM
Tiny
DR. HAGERTY
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Thanks for the diagnostic, it helps. The fact that your code reader is not revealing anything may simply be due to the limited scope of the equipment used. When diagnosing IHKA issues it sometimes needs to have the basic stuff addressed first like are all the fuses good, is the A/C system charged with the correct amount of refrigerant, is there damage to the outside temperature sensor, has there been a point of time from the past when this issue first presented? Keep in touch mate and we will do what we can to help with this issue.
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Saturday, May 30th, 2009 AT 11:15 AM
Tiny
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Mtimperman, What was the final result of your findings? I've got a similar problem with my x5. What did you end up fixing or replacing?
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Thursday, September 24th, 2009 AT 8:51 PM

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