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BMW X3, 2004, 2.5cc- Auto, Petrol

I have a BMW X3, 2004, 2.5cc, auto gear, Petrol. The local dealer is unable to fix the problem. Diagnostic computer error message found by the dealer is "5dea Transfer case Temperature”

I need help. When driving, the car has some noise that sound like a gear slipping or jerking noise under the car. More towards the back of the drive or left of the car, I cannot tell. This is more when in traffic jam or going up a hill. I also noticed that this happens after say 20 minutes of driving.

  1. Is this a faulty sensor to do with temperature and the 4-wheel mechanism?

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It could be a faulty sensor or it could be warning you of a problem the sensor is finding.

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