BMW Service Protocols

What’s Different About Taking Care of My BMW?

BMW is a symbol of luxury, known for high standards of longevity and performance. But did you know that there are specific service protocols that contribute to the manufacturer’s reputation and reliability? The ASE certified technicians at Carmedix in Durham, North Carolina, understand the unique needs of your prized BMW as well as the recommended BMW Service I and II inspections that will keep your car in top shape for years to come. Older vehicles (model years 2005 and earlier) require service about every 30,000 miles. Newer models come with a recommendation of Service I service at 20,000 miles and Service II at 40,000. (These milestone services are in addition to routine oil changes that should occur approximately every 3,000 miles.) If your service window is approaching, let us assist you so that your European car performs well and lasts a long time.

Service I

The lesser of the service protocols, Service I divides services into three inspection categories–undercarriage, engine compartment, and body/electrical components.

Undercarriage inspection includes the following checklist items in addition to oil and filter change: Check for transmission leaks, rear axle leaks, fuel tank and line leaks, power steering leaks, exhaust system condition, proper surface on disc brakes, front and rear disc brake pad thickness, suspension system condition (steering, suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage, and joint disc), front control arm bushing wear, break and clutch system connectors and lines integrity, parking brake cable usability, tire pressure (including spare), and tire condition (tread wear, need for alignment, etc.); clean brake caliper/pad contact points; and grease wheel center hubs.

Engine compartment inspection involves checking for any trouble codes using the OBD-II reader; resetting the light indicating the need for service; and checking heater/AC hoses, coolant/anti-freeze levels, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid, and air conditioner system usability.

Finally, the body/electrical portion includes checking the battery, all lights, instrument panel, dashboard lights and indicators, horn, windshield wipers, seat belts, locks, rear defrost, mirrors, and airbag units (visual condition); replace passenger air filter; grease all latches; and oil all hinges.

Service II

Service II includes all Service I points of inspection as well as additional services such as changing the differential oil, replacing fuel and air filters, and replacing spark plugs.

One, Two, An Auto Shop for You

Whether your BMW is due for Service I or Service II Service, Carmedix can help you keep your car running well. Our experienced technicians are well qualified to ensure that your auto receives the inspection and care the manufacturer recommends to keep it in top condition and on the road for a long time.

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