BMW X5 Suspension and Oil Leak Repairs
Had this 150k mile X5 come in today with a few issues. The rear tires are wearing very unevenly, and we spotted the upper rear control arms having excessive play in the ball joints, so we will replace those tomorrow.
Hard to see, but the upper rear arms are the issue.
After pulling the lower pan, I discovered the oil pan was coated in oil. Not often a pan leaks in these cars, so I followed the leak upwards.
Turns out the oil filter housing gasket is leaking, which is pretty common on these inline BMW motors. It is a cheap gasket, but a bunch of labor to go in and repair it. While in there, you should replace the oil line to the vanos system as well.