BMWs are called the “Ultimate Driving Machine” for a reason. With engines that roar like a lion, and handling bred from the pinnacle of German engineering, few automakers can compete with the luxurious performance offered by BMW. But even the finest machines require well-oiled parts. Whether you just bought your first BMW, or you’ve been driving one for years, keeping up to date with factory scheduled maintenance is imperative to keeping your BMW running at premium performance. Slight modifications were made to the recommended maintenance schedule in recent years, however the information listed below will generally apply to any BMW model year 1999 onwards. The updated maintenance schedule is less confusing, and was introduced to simplify the BMW service process.
At Auto Works of Brandon, you will never have to worry about whether or not your BMW service will be handled with excellence. All of our technicians are ASE-certified BMW specialists. They know what to look for and our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment can identify every problem imaginable. It is comforting to know that you have a dependable place to go, with people you can trust with all of your BMW service needs. Usually, your car will notify you with a flashing red “service needed” light when it is time for maintenance, but as a rule of thumb: it is best to bring your vehicle in every 10,000 miles or every 12 months. Here are the standard BMW Service recommendations from the factory:
Every 10,000 miles or 12 months:
Safety and Oil Service: once every 10,000 miles or 12 months
- Oil change
- Oil filter change
- Windshield wipers and wiper fluid
- Indicator lights and dashboard warning lights
- Steering linkage
- Engine coolant
- Rubber belts and hoses
- Suspension components
- Check for fluid leaks
- Check tire pressure
First 30,000 miles, then every 60,000 miles after that:
Underneath Your BMW:
- This includes everything from your Safety and Oil Service check-up, PLUS.
- Verify the engine temperature
- Check for leaks in power steering system, rear axle, and transmission.
- Check the exhaust system for leaks, proper positioning and mounting, and overall condition.
- Check front control arm and bushing for wear.
- Check steering system for absence of play and overall condition.
- Clean the brake pad contact points, check the brake disc surfaces, and examine the thickness of your brake pads.
- Examine brake lines and clutch system connectors for leaks, damage, and proper positioning
- Check positioning and movement of parking brake cables.
Tires and Wheels:
- Check tire pressure.
- Examine tires for wear and even tread.
- Grease wheel center hubs.
Under the Hood:
- Read diagnostic system.
- Check antifreeze, coolant, brake, clutch, and windshield washer fluid levels.
- Examine engine cooling system/heater hose connections for leaks.
- Check air conditioning is working correctly.
- Perform a battery load test and check the electrolyte levels of your battery, and reset service indicator.
For the Body and Interior:
- Check interior and exterior lighting for functionality.
- Check indicator lights, instrument panel, and dashboard for illumination and control.
- Check washer and wiper system
- Check safety belts and visually check airbag units for damage.
- Check heating and air blowers and defoggers
- Check mirrors
To complete the inspection, there should be a short road test to finalize that the car is in proper working order.
Every 60,000 miles:
- All components of Inspection 1.
- Inspection of parking brake lining
- Replacement of spark plugs
- Replacement of air filters
- Examination of flexible boots for leaks
- Inspection of the car body for rest per your rust prevention warranty.
Staying up to date with your BMW’s factory scheduled maintenance is like taking your child in for a routine checkup at the doctor’s office. It enables you to prevent any minor issues from growing into serious problems in the future, ultimately saving yourself from breakdowns, inferior performance or critical damage down the road.
Auto Works of Brandon is an ASE-certified shop with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and BMW-certified specialists available to meet your needs. When it comes to factory scheduled maintenance, they follow the standards laid out by the manufacturer, but they are always prepared to troubleshoot if problems arise between maintenance visits. Their recommendations are always based on the best interest of the customer and their strong desire to earn their client’s trust. With a Better Business Bureau A+ rating and 14 years in business without a customer complaint, they have the experience to service and maintain your BMW with excellence.