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Standard BMW Service Schedule


No matter the age of your BMW, it is important to stay up to date on maintenance in order to prolong the life of your vehicle, as well as keeping it performing to the best of its ability. The manufacturer provides a recommended maintenance schedule that is designed to keep all components of the vehicle functioning properly.

Keep in mind that there is a time frame difference depending on the model of your BMW. The information listed below is for the most current models. This will generally apply to models from 1999 and onwards. Older models have longer periods in between a specific kind of inspection, yet there were four types of inspections (instead of three, as listed below). The updated maintenance schedule is less confusing, and is designed to be simpler than the previous one which distinguished between Intermediate Oil Service and Safety & Oil Service.

Your car will indicate to you when its time for a checkup with a service light, but it is best to keep in mind the basic rule is to bring it in every 10,000 miles or at least once a year.

Every 10,000 miles or 12 months:

Safety & Oil Service

  • Oil change

  • Oil filter change

  • Brakes

  • Horn

  • 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:

Inspection 1:

Underneath Your BMW:

  • This includes everything from prior inspections.

  • Verify the engine temperature

  • Check power steering system, rear axle, and transmission for leaks.

  • 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 on all tires.

  • 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:

Inspection 2:

  • 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.

 If you follow this recommended schedule, here is an outline of what inspections you would go in for during the first 120,000 miles:

  • 10,000 miles: Oil & Safety Check.

  • 20,000 miles: Oil & Safety Check.

  • 30,000 miles: Inspection 1

  • 40,000 miles: Oil & Safety Check.

  • 50,000 miles: Oil & Safety Check.

  • 60,000 miles: Inspection 2

  • 70,000 miles: Oil & Safety Check.

  • 80,000 miles: Oil & Safety Check.

  • 90,000 miles: Inspection 1

  • 100,000 miles: Oil & Safety Check.

  • 110,000 miles: Oil & Safety Check.

  • 120,000 miles: Inspection 2.

Keeping up with a routine schedule is just like doctor appointments for your vehicle. It can allow you to detect any issues early on that might affect your BMW later down the road, and just might lead you to breaking down, low performance, or serious damage to the vehicle. In the case of such an event during a routine maintenance appointment, Midnite Tuning knows BMW’s and can take care of your car.

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