BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: Break-in

General information

Moving parts need to begin working together smoothly.

The following instructions will help you to achieve a long vehicle life and good efficiency.

During break-in, do not use the Launch Control.

Safety information


Due to new parts and components, safety and driver assistance systems can react with a delay.

There is a risk of accident. After installing new parts or with a new vehicle, drive conservatively and intervene early if necessary. Observe the break-in procedures of the respective parts and components.

Engine, transmission, and axle drive

Up to 1,200 miles/2,000 km

Do not exceed the maximum engine and road speed:

Avoid full throttle or kickdown under all circumstances.

From 1,200 miles/2,000 km

The engine and vehicle speed can gradually be increased.


Tire traction is not optimal due to manufacturing circumstances when tires are brand-new; they achieve their full traction potential after a break-in time.

Drive conservatively for the first 200 miles/300 km.

Brake system

Brake discs and brake pads only reach their full effectiveness after approx. 300 miles/500 km.

Drive moderately during this break-in period.

Following part replacement

Observe the break-in procedures again, if components mentioned above are replaced.

Driving on poor roads


Because of its greater ground clearance, the vehicle can be driven on a variety of road types and qualities.

All-wheel drive can help improve drive power.

Safety information


Objects in unpaved areas, for instance stones or branches, can damage the vehicle. There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. Do not drive on unpaved terrain.

When driving on poor roads

For your own safety, for the safety of passengers and of the vehicle, heed the following points:

After a trip on poor roads

After a trip on poor roads, check wheels and tires for damage to maintain driving safety. Clear heavy soiling from the body.


 General driving notes

Closing the tailgate Safety information Warning An open tailgate protrudes from the vehicle and can endanger occupants and other road users or damage the vehicle in the event of an accident, braking o

 Roof-mounted luggage rack

General information Installation only possible with roof rack. Roof racks are available as special accessories. Safety information Warning When driving with a roof load, for instance with roof-mounte

 Trailer towing


 Front Lid

REMOVING AND INSTALLING HOOD/BONNET WARNING: Danger of injury! Support engine hood in fully opened position with suitable apparatus. IMPORTANT: Removal of the hood/bonnet must be carried out with the assistance of a second person. NOTE: Carry over schematic representation to the relevant vehicle ty

 Replacing Shaft Seal For Right Output Shaft

Special tools required: 31 4 160 Necessary preliminary tasks: Remove right output shaft. Lever shaft seal (1) out of bearing block with a screwdriver (2). Fig. 125: Identifying Shaft Seal And Screwdriver Installing shaft seal: NOTE: The installation protective ring (1) serves to protect the

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