Servicing your vehicle according to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule is a great way to maintain your cars performance, safety and value.
What Is A Service Schedule?
A service schedule, also known as a maintenance schedule, is a timetable for the replacement of your car’s key components and fluids. The schedule outlines the manufacturers recommended time interval or kilometre milestone for these changes to be made. Service schedules are based on various factors including the make and model of vehicle, local driving conditions and driver behaviour.
Why Is A Service Schedule Important?
Adhering to the recommended BMW servicing schedule aids in avoiding expensive, unexpected repairs, saving you time and money. Maintaining a complete record of your BMW vehicles service history can also help to increase its resale value.
Maintaining a regular service schedule is crucial for ensuring the safety and reliability of your vehicle long term. Generally, a maintenance service will involve checks of important features of the car including the clutch, the brakes, engine, suspension, steering and transmission amongst others. These services ensure your car is in good shape and can help to identify any potential issues before they become disastrous. Well-maintained vehicles also facilitate an improved fuel efficiency and a higher resale value.
Another benefit of keeping a maintenance schedule for your vehicle is increased performance. Routine maintenance is one of the most effective ways of improving the performance of your car as a few minor adjustments can dramatically enhance the vehicles drivability. Improving handling, braking and fuel efficiency are just a few of the minor enhancements that make a large difference to your driving experience.
Failing to service your car means you run the risk of experiencing unexpected problems and potentially catastrophic failures. These incidents often carry a hefty financial cost, not to mention being highly inconvenient. Servicing can uncover hidden engine damage or components that are at risk of failure, even if not necessarily impacting the ability to drive the vehicle. For example, driving with little or no oil in your car can severely damage the internal components of the engine, and can result in the need for extremely costly repairs.
How Do You Know When You Need A Service?
Your car is due for a service if 12 months, or 15,000 kilometres have passed since your vehicles last inspection. Newer models of BMW vehicles will alert you when you are due for a service using the Condition Based Service (CBS) dashboard display. Alternatively, some signs you may require a service include:
- The check engine light appears on the dashboard instrument cluster
- Unusual noises coming from your vehicle
- Engine stalling on acceleration
- Experiencing difficulty getting up to and maintaining speed
- Unusual brake activity
BMW Recommended Service Scheduling
Dependent on how you drive, where you drive and in what conditions you drive, the type and amount of maintenance your BMW requires will vary. You should always consult the owner’s manual for a detailed breakdown of recommendations and common service tasks.
Below is an example of what a service schedule may look like.
Note: service schedules very between models and will be outlined for each specific model in the owner’s manual.
- Every 15,000 kilometres, or yearly:
- replace engine oil, oil filter and coolant
- Every 30,000 kilometres, or every two years:
- inspect and replace fuel filters
- Every 45,000 kilometres, or every three years:
- Replace brake fluid (replace every 90,000kms after first change)
- Replace transmission fluid on manual transmission vehicles
- Every 90,000 kilometres, or every six years:
- Replace engine air filter and spark plugs
- Inspect and replace brake pads and rotors, as necessary
- Replace transmission fluid on automatic transmission vehicles
- Every 140,000 kilometres, or every nine years:
- Replace timing belts and hoses
Why Choose Pace Auto Werks?
The experienced team at Pace Auto Werks is dedicated to delivering outstanding services and maintaining your BMW to only the highest of standards. Relax with the knowledge that our technicians have a comprehensive understanding of your BMW’s unique service requirements. For us, the safety and reliability of your car is our primary concern. We offer a thorough safety inspection for every annual BMW service that provides us with a snapshot of your vehicles condition, aiding in the identification of potential issues. You can be confident that the service team at Pace have the technological expertise, accreditations and mechanical experience required to maintain your vehicles safety, performance and value. Get in touch today to schedule a service.