BMW 540I Engine problems : 2.
I Was Driving In Stop And Go Traffic When I Noticed The Steering Felt A Little Stiffer Than Usual. After About 5 Miles And Better Flowing Traffic I Pulled Into A Restaurant For Dinner When My Upper Radiator Hose Exploded. I Pulled Into A Stall And Opened The Hood To Inspect What Happened. The Hose Was Very Apparent And After Further Investigation I Noticed The Power Steering Pumps Pulley At A Very Sharp Angle Compared To Linear With The Serpentine Belt. I Can Only Assume That From The Bracket On The Pump Breaking, It Caused A Chain Reaction Of Events. First The Bracket Brocket Putting The Pump At A Steep Angle N Forcing The Belt To Go Off Track Which Then Caused All The Other Accessories To Be Disabled Including The Water Pump Which Overheated The Car. *tr
0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 76854 miles. BMW 540I 2002 problem was reported in KAPOLEI, HI. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.
Sept 30, 2012
After Starting Up My Car, There Was A Slight Whine Under The Hood. I Gave The Car A Little Bit Of Throttle To See If The Whine Went Away And Heard A Loud Bang. The Car Was Still Running But My Battery Light Was On. I Needed To Get Home, And I Thought That My Car May Not Start Again If I Turned It Off So I Drove Home. Immediately I Noticed That I Didn’t Have Any Power Steering. As I Drove My Engine Temperature Got Higher And I Barely Made It Home Without Overheating. A Few Days Later I Looked In The Engine Compartment And Saw That The Power Steering Pump Had Broken Free Of The Engine – The Bracket Had Sheared Off. That In Turn Caused The Belt To Fall Off Which Was Turning The Water Pump And Alternator. I Got On The Computer And Looked Up The Problem And Found A Lot Of People Experiencing The Same Problem, Some Driving During The Incident. This Is A Real Defective Design And Causes Me To Be Concerned About The Safety. I Hope Nothing Tragic Has To Happen To Someone For This To Be Considered A Recall. *tr
0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 151345 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):WBADN53492G. BMW 540I 2002 problem was reported in FAYETTEVILLE, NC. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.
Dec 10, 2013
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