BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: Washing the vehicle

General information

Regularly remove foreign objects such as leaves in the area below the windshield when the hood is raised.

Wash your vehicle frequently, particularly in winter.

Intense contamination and road salt can damage the vehicle.

Steam cleaner and high pressure cleaner

Safety information


When cleaning with high pressure cleaners, components can be damaged due to the pressure or temperatures being too high. There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. Maintain sufficient distance and do not spray too long continuously. Follow the operating instructions for the high pressure cleaners.

Distances and temperature

Automatic washing systems or car washes

Safety information


Improper use of automatic washing systems or car washes can cause damage to the vehicle.

There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. Follow the following instructions:

Driving into a car wash with a Steptronic transmission

Safety information


Selector lever position P is automatically engaged when standby state is switched off.

There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. Do not switch standby state off in car washes.

General information

In a car wash, the vehicle must be able to roll freely.

Some car washes do not permit persons in the vehicle. The vehicle cannot be locked from the outside when in selector lever position N. A signal sounds when an attempt is made to lock the vehicle.

Additional information: Rolling or pushing the vehicle.

Driving out of a car wash

Ensure that the vehicle key is in the car.

Turn on drive readiness.

Additional information: Drive-ready state.


Do not rub wet headlights dry and do not use abrasive or acidic cleaning agents.

Soak areas that have been dirtied, for instance from insects, with auto shampoo and wash off with water.

Thaw ice with de-icing spray; do not use an ice scraper.

After washing the vehicle

After washing the vehicle, apply the brakes briefly to dry them; otherwise, braking effect can be reduced. The heat generated during braking dries brake discs and brake pads and protects them against corrosion.

Completely remove all residues on the windows, to minimize loss of visibility due to smearing and to reduce wiper noises and wiper blade wear.


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