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      08-08-2019, 01:35 AM   #1
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Active shutters/grille

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Recently I noticed that the active grille is staying open after a drive and not closing.
But if I press the start button 3 times to enter diagnostic mode the shutters will close but then after driving again they remain open. If I don't do this then they stay open and don't close at all.
Any suggestions or thoughts?
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Known issue, take it in for warranty inspection.
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Apologies if this is posted in the wrong place.
Recently I noticed that the active grille is staying open after a drive and not closing.
But if I press the start button 3 times to enter diagnostic mode the shutters will close but then after driving again they remain open. If I don't do this then they stay open and don't close at all.
Any suggestions or thoughts?
I don't recall ever seeing mine open. Mine always appear to be closed.
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Known issue, take it in for warranty inspection.
If there is a known issue does that mean the fans won't kick in when the shutters are open?
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I don't recall ever seeing mine open. Mine always appear to be closed.
I've only seen mine open a few times, in the garage after a drive, with the fans running. Usually, they are closed, with the fans running after a drive (I assume pulling air from the lower openings). I would assume there is a malfunction in the OP's shutters.
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Any suggestions or thoughts?
Mine were replaced under warranty. Read this thread.

https://g30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sh...ctive+shutters
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I don't recall ever seeing mine open. Mine always appear to be closed.
I've only seen mine open a few times, in the garage after a drive, with the fans running. Usually, they are closed, with the fans running after a drive (I assume pulling air from the lower openings). I would assume there is a malfunction in the OP's shutters.
Same here. The fans run with them closed.
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Apologies if this is posted in the wrong place.
Recently I noticed that the active grille is staying open after a drive and not closing.
But if I press the start button 3 times to enter diagnostic mode the shutters will close but then after driving again they remain open. If I don't do this then they stay open and don't close at all.
Any suggestions or thoughts?
Did you get a check engine light (CEL)? I did. I took my 540i to the dealer and Service Advisor (SA) said that the lower shutters were staying closed. Gave me an X5 to drive until the shutter parts are replaced. Get it checked because you don't know if they are operating properly.
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I haven't really paid too much attention to mine. Are they supposed to close when you turn the vehicle off?
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I also got the CEL and when they got the codes out it was saying that my lower active shutters were staying closed. Not good They have replaced the lower shutters and now they are working as designed. I waited overnight to make sure the car was cold. Then took a movie of the operation of the shutters. It is interesting to me because I am retired and have no hobbies. So when you shutdown your engine the lower shutters go open unlike the kidney grill shutters which go closed on engine shutdown. On a cold start the lower shutters go about 1/2 way closed then open for a few seconds then they go closed until the car warms up. The kidney grill shutters stay closed upon a cold engine startup. The lower shutters move in an upper direction. .
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I think there are a few variables. When it's really hot outside or if I've been driving it hard, my vents will stay open for a few minutes after parking with the fan running. Sometimes the fan will continue to run after the vents close.

Colder days or I haven't been driving too hard just before parking, the fan will run with the vents closed (and usually for a shorter amount of time).

In all cases the fan is off, vents closed, and car is fast asleep by 10 mins or so after parking.
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      01-08-2020, 01:43 PM   #12
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Just an update, had the car in today for a brake fluid change and while it was in I asked them to check the active shutters. They came back and said the bottom one had broke causing the top to stay open. Car is still under warranty so they are changing them for me.
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