BMW Auto Mechanics in Salt Lake City

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Wondering when to undergo BMW repair or maintenance? BMW utilizes a system of lights to tell the car owner when services are needed. These lights and this service schedule will get you through the car’s warranty period but are NOT reliable guides for the long-term health of the vehicle. The BMW Inspection system is a good long-term system, especially when followed on regular intervals. Our BMW auto mechanics strongly recommend more frequent oil changes than the lights will indicate, based on miles driven, and we further recommend inspection services at every 15,000 miles or about one-year intervals.

BMW Diagnostic Services

The most important consideration in servicing a modern automobile is the diagnostic ability of the shop. We feel it is necessary to utilize factory diagnostic equipment and information. These tools are designed specifically for BMW service and offer the complete capability to work with their immense complexity. Having these tools and related information gives us the most direct avenue to efficiently come to an accurate conclusion to a problem. Although the right outcome may be expensive to get, there is value in being confident in getting what you need. Take advantage of our knowledge of all things related to BMW service and repair in the Salt Lake City area.

Oil Service

BMW for many years now has recommended an oil service only every 15,000 miles. This was instituted when their cars started to include maintenance with purchase during the warranty period. We believe this practice to be unhealthy for the engine in the long term. Our auto mechanics have witnessed many engines with significant sludge buildup that have been serviced on these schedules. On most BMW engines from 1997 and newer, we recommend an oil service at 7,500-mile intervals up to 100,000 miles. From then on, service at 5,000-mile intervals using high-grade, fully synthetic oil that meets the required specifications is best, particularly in Salt Lake City-area driving conditions. Maintaining this level of service should keep the engine clean and properly protected for a long service life.

BMW Inspection Services

BMW-recommended services include intervals termed “Inspection I” and “Inspection II.” These are the regular BMW service routines, typically occurring at 30,000-mile terms and alternating. They are in-depth inspections and maintenance operations, with fluids, filters, and belts being among these items that vary by model and year. These are important inspections and our auto mechanics recommend these intervals. We do, however, tend to recommend additional items to these schedules. These vary, again by model and year and include areas common for failure, including water pumps and related cooling system pieces, crankcase ventilation assemblies and more. Our BMW auto mechanics have found that accelerated service intervals on these items can improve reliability and prevent a breakdown. We use our extensive experience on the BMW product line to tailor an effective level of service for long-term reliability and value.

BMW Inspection I Service

The BMW Inspection I service is the smaller of the two inspection services recommended by BMW. It includes basic wear items such as engine oil and filter, engine air filter, cabin air filter or filters and a full inspection and lube of the vehicle. Other makes and models can also utilize this maintenance program to ensure a pleasant drive and ownership, but make sure your Salt Lake City BMW auto mechanic says it is okay first.

BMW repair costs are not included in the inspection cost, so be prepared to spend more if repairs are needed. The inspection services are great do-it-yourself projects, but a trained eye is recommended for the actual inspection portion of the service. Our BMW and Mini Cooper auto mechanics in the Salt Lake City area will do the following:

UNDERCARRIAGE

    • Change engine oil and filter, while engine is at normal operation temperature.
    • Check transmission for leaks.
    • Check differential and axles for leaks.
    • Visually check fuel tank, lines, and connections for leaks.
    • Check condition, position, and mounting of exhaust system. Examine for leaks.
    • Check power steering system for leaks.
    • Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads.
    • Examine brake disc surfaces.
    • Check steering for absence of play, including steering rack, inner and outer joints, and steering shaft.
    • Check all suspension components for wear or damage.
    • Check brake and clutch system connectors and lines for leaks, damage, and incorrect positioning.
    • Check for free movement of the parking brake cables. Adjust parking brake if necessary.
    • Check all tire pressures (including spare). Correct if necessary.
    • Check condition of tires, tread wear and pattern.

 

ENGINE COMPARTMENT

    • Read out diagnostic system with factory diagnostic scanners.
    • Replace engine air filter or clean if equipped with reusable filter.
    • Check engine cooling system/heater hose connections for leaks.
    • Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level; add coolant if necessary.
    • Check level of brake and clutch fluid in reservoir; add fluid if required.
    • Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Fill up and/or correct if necessary.
    • Check air conditioner for operation and inspect for leaks.
    • Reset service indicator

 

BODY/ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

    • Check battery condition and connections. Clean as necessary.
    • Perform battery load test and test charging system.
    • Replace cabin air filter(s) and clean housing(s).
    • Check lighting system, i.e. headlights, fog lights, parking, backup, license plate, interior (including map reading lights), glove box, flashlight, illuminated makeup mirrors, luggage compartment lights.
    • Check instrument panel and dashboard illumination and function.
    • Check all warning/indicator lights and check control function.
    • Check turn signals, hazard warning flashers, brake lights, horns, headlight dimmer/flasher switch.
    • Check wiper and washer system(s), wiper blades and washer jet positions.
    • Check condition and function of safety belts.
    • Lubricate hood, trunk/tailgate, and door hinges.
    • Lubricate hood, trunk/tailgate and door latches. Check operation of all latches.
    • Lubricate window and sunroof tracks.
    • Check central locking/double lock.
    • Check heater/air conditioner blower, rear window defogger.
    • Check rear view mirrors.
    • Visually examine the SRS airbag units for torn cover, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decorations, or accessories.

 

FINAL INSPECTION

    • Road test with check of brakes, suspension, steering, clutch/manual transmission or automatic transmission.

 

BMW Inspection II Service

The BMW Inspection II service is the larger of the two inspection services and includes all of the items performed on the Inspection I service, along with some additional wear items such as differential oil change, transfer case oil change (if equipped), manual transmission oil change, replacement of fuel filter, spark plugs and wiper blades. Please contact us for a quote or to set up an appointment. Below are the items that are normally performed.

UNDERCARRIAGE

    • Change engine oil and filter, while engine is at normal operating temperature.
    • Change differential oil and inspect for leaks. Replace crush washers.
    • Change manual transmission fluid (if equipped) and replace crush washers.
    • Check transmission for leaks.
    • Visually check fuel tank, lines, and connections for leaks.
    • Replace fuel filter.
    • Change transfer case oil (if equipped).
    • Check condition, position, and mounting of exhaust system. Examine for leaks.
    • Check power steering system for leaks.
    • Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads.
    • Examine brake disc surfaces.
    • Check steering for absence of play, including steering rack, inner and outer joints, and steering shaft.
    • Check all suspension components for wear or damage.
    • Check brake and clutch system connectors and lines for leaks, damage, and incorrect positioning.
    • Check for free movement of the parking brake cables. Adjust parking brake if necessary.
    • Check all tire pressures (including spare). Correct if necessary.
    • Check condition of tires (outer surfaces (left/right)), tread wear and pattern.

 

ENGINE COMPARTMENT

    • Read out diagnostic system with BMW scanners.
    • Replace engine air filter or clean if equipped with reusable filter.
    • Replace spark plugs and inspect ignition system for wear.
    • Check engine cooling system/heater hose connections for leaks.
    • Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level; add coolant if necessary.
    • Check level of brake and clutch fluid in reservoir; add fluid if required.
    • Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Fill up and/or correct if necessary.
    • Check air conditioner for operation and inspect for leaks.
    • Reset service indicator

 

BODY/ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

    • Check battery condition and connections. Clean as necessary.
    • Perform battery load test and test charging system.
    • Replace cabin air filter(s) and clean housing(s).
    • Check lighting system, i.e. headlights, fog lights, parking, backup, license plate, interior (including map reading lights), glove box, flashlight, illuminated makeup mirrors, luggage compartment lights.
    • Check instrument panel and dashboard illumination and function.
    • Check all warning/indicator lights and check control function.
    • Check turn signals, hazard warning flashers, brake lights, horns, headlight dimmer/flasher switch.
    • Check wiper and washer system(s); wiper blades, washer jet positions.
    • Replace all wiper blade inserts.
    • Check condition and function of safety belts.
    • Lubricate hood, trunk/tailgate, and door hinges.
    • Lubricate hood, trunk/tailgate and door latches. Check operation of all latches.
    • Lubricate window and sunroof tracks.
    • Check central locking/double lock
    • Check heater/air conditioner blower, rear window defogger.
    • Check rear view mirrors
    • Visually examine the SRS airbag units for torn cover, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decorations, or accessories.

 

FINAL INSPECTION

    • Road test with check of brakes, suspension, steering, clutch/manual transmission or automatic transmission