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.


 Tire pressure monitor

Principle The Tire Pressure Monitor monitors the tire pressure and issues a warning if the tire pressure has dropped. General information Sensors in the tire valves measure the tire inflation pressure

 Messages - Tire pressure monitor

Messages: for tires without special approval General information A low tire inflation pressure may cause the DSC Dynamic Stability Control to be switched on. Safety information Warning A damaged regul

 System limits - Tire pressure monitor

System limits Temperature The tire inflation pressure depends on the tire's temperature. Driving or exposure to the sun will increase the tire's temperature, thus increasing the tire inflation pressu


 Memory function

Principle The following settings can be stored and, if necessary, retrieved using the memory function: Seat position. Exterior mirror position. Steering wheel position. Height of the Head-up Display. General information Two memory locations with different settings can be set for each driver pr

 Information On Replacing Shock Absorbers

Facts: When a shock absorber is faulty on one side (leaking, noises, limit values exceeded on the shock tester), often both shock absorbers on the axle in question are replaced. Consequence: This is not necessary for technical reasons and causes the manufacturer not to recognize the unnecessarily

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