BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: Safety Precautions And General Information

Safety instructions --> Safety regulations for handling airbag modules, airbag components and pyrotechnical seat belt tensioners.

--> Deactivation/activation pyrotechnical components.

Handling electrical and electronic equipment --> Unlocking/locking airbag plug connections.

--> Repairing airbag leads.

--> Handling optical fibres.

Check --> Check seat belt.

Airbag system --> Functional description and checking, refer to DIS.

--> Deactivating airbags.

--> Procedure after airbag triggering.


It is essential to comply with the regulations as specified in the law relating to the use of explosives when working on airbag units and seat belt tensioners.

Airbags, seat belt tensioners etc. are pyrotechnical objects. Pyrotechnical objects are assigned to different danger classes on the basis of the quantity of propellant that they contain. The assignment can be ascertained from the identification marking on the product:

IMPORTANT: Failure to comply with the warning notices and repair instructions for gas generator components can cause accidental deployment and result in injury and vehicle damage!

This applies in particular to the following components:

1. Regulations

The regulations quoted in the following refer to the Federal Republic of Germany.

In all other countries, the relevant legislation and regulations must be observed in each case. Countryspecific legal regulations that go beyond this information or court decisions based thereon must be followed in each case or given precedence over these regulations.

The following components used by BMW:

Handling, transporting and storing non-fired gas generators are subject to the "Explosive Materials Act" (law relating to the use of explosives dated 13/09/1976).

The relevant trade supervisory authority must be notified at least 2 weeks before pyrotechnical objects are handled for the first time. Here the relevant authority must be notified in writing of the person responsible (e.g. dealership owner, holder of general power of attorney or if necessary workshop supervisor). A certificate of qualification, i.e. specific training, is not required for the person responsible.

2. Disassembly and assembly

3. Transport

4. Storage


 Deactivating Front Passenger Airbags With Key-Operated Switch

WARNING: The responsibility for deactivation/activation rests with the customer. Depending on the occupation of the front passenger seat, the front passenger and side airbags must be deactivated in

 Overview Of Airbag Modules, Airbag Control Unit, Belt Tensioners

Fig. 17: Identifying Airbag Modules, Airbag Control Unit, Belt Tensioners Components Location Safety battery terminal (*) Side airbag, front seat, left/right (*) Belt tensioner, front left/right

 Unlocking/Locking Airbag Plug Connections

WARNING: Read and comply with safety regulations for handling airbag modules and pyrotechnical belt tensioners. IMPORTANT: An airbag plug connection must be replaced if it is damaged. Sourcing refer


 Removing And Installing/Replacing Airbag Unit

WARNING: Observe the following instructions to avoid any risk of injury by the airbag unit. Comply with safety regulations for handling components with gas generators. Do not exert any force on the airbag unit. Use only specified tools for releasing the airbag unit. NOTE: Incorrect handling m


REPLACING CONTROLLER SWITCH FOR ALTERNATOR (N62, N62TU) Necessary preliminary tasks: Disconnect battery negative lead Remove ALTERNATOR Carefully insert a screwdriver between cover (1) and threaded pin. Lever out cover (1) towards top. Fig. 48: Inserting Screwdriver Between Cover And Threaded

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