BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: Tire chains

Safety information


With the mounting of tire chains on unsuitable tires, the tire chains can come into contact with vehicle parts. There may be a risk of accident or risk of damage to property. Only mount tire chains on tires that are designated by their manufacturer as suitable for the use of tire chains.


Insufficiently tight tire chains may damage tires and vehicle components. There may be a risk of accident or risk of damage to property. Make sure that the tire chains are always sufficiently tight. Re-tighten as needed according to the tire chain manufacturer's instructions.

Fine-link tire chains

The manufacturer of the vehicle recommends the use of fine-link tire chains. Certain types of fine-link tire chains have been tested by the manufacturer of the vehicle and recommended as road-safe and suitable.

Information regarding suitable tire chains is available from a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.


Use only in pairs on the rear wheels, equipped with the tires of the following size:

The wheel size and rim offset are located on the inside of the wheel.

Follow the tire chain manufacturer's instructions.

Do not initialize the Flat Tire Monitor after mounting tire chains, as doing so may result in incorrect readings.

Do not reset the Tire Pressure Monitor after mounting tire chains, as doing so may result in incorrect readings.

When driving with tire chains, briefly activate Dynamic Traction Control DTC to optimize the drive power.

Maximum speed with tire chains

Do not exceed a speed of 30 mph/50 km/h when using tire chains.

Rear axle steering during operation with snow chains

General information

In order to guarantee free movement of the wheels when operating with tire chains, rear axle steering of the integral active steering must be switched off when tire chains are mounted.

Safety information


When rear axle steering is switched on and tire chains are mounted, there can be contact between tire chains and the body. There may be a risk of accident or risk of damage to property.

With mounted tire chains, switch off the rear axle steering.

Switching off rear axle steering

The rear axle steering is switched off by specifying that tire chains are installed.

1. "CAR".

2. "Settings".

3. "General settings".

4. "Tire chains".

5. "Tire chains installed".

Starting with the permissible maximum speed with snow chains of 30 mph/50 km/h the rear axle steering will be switched on again automatically.


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