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2013 825i with 400 hours, 5000 miles. Im noticing the front wheels feel like they are dragging. Almost to the point where they want to slide on the gravel and make the rear tires spin a little. Doesn't seem to make any difference with the 4x4 switch on or off. The weird thing is in reverse it seems to drive smooth with no binding/dragging. Does this sound like a front differential problem? Does the driveshaft to the front end spin constantly and 4x4 is controlled by an actuator on the diff itself? Thanks!
 

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There is a coupler at rear, right side near park brake . You will need to take the Alternator belt cover off .Take the torx screw out slide coupler over . Also one near front near front diff. There are 2 bearings on pillar blocks. and cv joints that could be bad.
 

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2013 825i with 400 hours, 5000 miles. Im noticing the front wheels feel like they are dragging. Almost to the point where they want to slide on the gravel and make the rear tires spin a little. Doesn't seem to make any difference with the 4x4 switch on or off. The weird thing is in reverse it seems to drive smooth with no binding/dragging. Does this sound like a front differential problem? Does the driveshaft to the front end spin constantly and 4x4 is controlled by an actuator on the diff itself? Thanks!
Tyler: The exact same thing happened to me last Friday with my 2011 - similar miles and hours !! No prior warning or evidence of trouble and bam !! Do me a huge favor and take notes inc.p/n's and keep us posted. It sounds like the local dealer would finance a year of his kid;s college tuition with this one so I may try to find an Indie. Thanks much. Craig
 

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I have a 2013 825I, about 600 hours, second owner, with similar problems. The left front wheel skidded intermitantly mostly when going down a 6% grade. Eventually, that skidding destroyed the CV joint. That skidding ocurred when the air temperatures were 80 degrees or more. Also, it made no difference if the 4WD selector was in 2WD or 4WD. I would stop, backup 20 feet, restart with some success. Keeping a constant speed helps. This wedging is a common Gator problem.

Upon replacement of the CV shaft, no oil came out of the front differential when the shaft was removed. Removing the drain plug showed the front differential was dry.

Replacement of the CV shaft and lubrication did not completely solve the problem. I considered a dragging brake pad to contribute to the problem. I have yet to install new ball joints.

So, I am still working on the problem. I am also working on other PROBLEMS.

Hope this helps.
 

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Gators have a known habit in which one or two of the front wheels grab. It has to do when shifting out of 4WD while going downhill while engine braking. The splines don't properly release and can hang up. Fix is to put it back into 4WD and go quickly in reverse for about 20 feet. Stop and then put it back into 2WD. Ease forward to confirm the splines have cleared back.
 

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Gators have a known habit in which one or two of the front wheels grab. It has to do when shifting out of 4WD while going downhill while engine braking. The splines don't properly release and can hang up. Fix is to put it back into 4WD and go quickly in reverse for about 20 feet. Stop and then put it back into 2WD. Ease forward to confirm the splines have cleared back.
CaptSeabee, with what you said, I would assume there are no real fixes then? 2013 825i with the same issue.
 
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