BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: Emergency wheel


In the event of a flat tire, the emergency wheel can be used in place of the wheel with the defective tire. The emergency wheel is only intended for temporary use until the defective tire/wheel has been replaced.

General information

Mount one emergency wheel only.

Also check the tire inflation pressure of the emergency wheel in the cargo area regularly, and correct it as needed.

Safety information


The emergency wheel has particular dimensions.

When driving with an emergency wheel, changed driving properties may occur, for instance reduced lane stability when braking, longer braking distance, and changed self-steering properties in the limit area. There is a risk of accident.

Drive moderately and do not exceed a speed of 50 mph/80 km/h.


Wheels and tires

The emergency wheel and the wheel change tools are located in the cargo area under the cargo floor panel.

Removing the emergency wheel

1. Depending on the vehicle equipment: press the button. The electric cargo cover travels up.

2. Fold up the cargo floor panel.

3. Depending on the equipment version: remove the crossmember. For this purpose, remove the wingnuts on both sides of the crossmember.

4. Remove the tool holder from the emergency wheel.

5. Unscrew the butterfly screw, arrow 1.

Wheels and tires

6. Remove retaining plate, arrow 2.

7. If necessary, open the lower tailgate.

8. Remove the emergency wheel from the storage well.

Inserting the emergency wheel

1. Depending on the vehicle equipment: press the button. The electric cargo cover travels up.

2. Fold up the cargo floor panel.

3. Open the lower tailgate.

4. Place the emergency wheel in the storage well.

5. Position the retaining plate.

6. Screw on and tighten the butterfly screw.

7. Insert the tool holder.

8. Depending on the vehicle equipment: insert the crossmember and screw it tight with the wingnuts.

9. Push the cargo floor panel downward.


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