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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.
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.
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-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.
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:
Check condition of tires, tread wear and pattern.
Reset service indicator
Check lighting system, i.e. headlights, fog lights, parking, backup, license plate, interior (including map reading lights), glove box,
Check central locking/double lock.
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.
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