The full works. Known as “Inspection 2” or “Full Service”. This is everything from the engine service and more. A pre MOT check, basically checking every nut and bolt of the car and pinpointing all the faults with the car and what parts need to be serviced/replaced. These checks include tyre pressure check, brakes and suspension check, ABS and airbag check, CV gator check, Handbrake check, door and hinge check and warning light check. A major service also includes additives, like the petrol or diesel treatments and the engine flush & cleaner additive. This can take half a day so between 4 and 6 hours.
Under vehicle inspection
Brake discs, pads and sensors
Brake fluid level and top up if necessary
Brake Calipers – Functioning and seized level
Tyre limit – Compare to legal limit
Cv joints/cv gators
Anti roll bar links
Tie and track rod ends
For oil leaks
Exhaust system (Inc DPF’s, Catalytic Converters, and Silencer etc.)
Replace the fuel filter
Engine oil (Castrol Edge 5W30 Fully Synthetic Oil) and Genuine OEM Oil Filter.
The rear diff
Transmission oil leak
The fuel tank
Full power steering system
The tyre pressure
Body/vehicle trim checks
Door and hinges
Seatbelts and other safety components
The boot of the vehicle
The bonnet catch
Condition and position of wing mirrors
The position and fitting of the bumpers
Gearbox services improve your gearbox’s performance and the efficiency of the gear changes. For an automatic it is £280 as we change the gearbox sump, sump filter, sump plug and the gearbox oil, usually about 9L. Whereas, a manual car will only need the gearbox oil replaced, and is usually about 2L of oil.
Brake Fluid Service
This is £65 and it is a change of the brake fluid, used to help function the brake calipers and make sure that the car begins to brake. If the caliper does not have an appropriate amount of brake fluid, then the caliper will not close against the brake disc and the car will not stop. Brake fluid transfers the pressure placed on the brake pedal, straight to the wheel hub causing the caliper to press against the discs causing the pads to rub against the disc and making the car stop. There is usually 2 brake pads in the brake caliper, one at the front and one at the rear of each brake disc.
Basic service, known as “inspection 1”. This is a change of all the filters (oil, air, fuel and pollen) as well as an oil change (Castrol Edge 5W-30 Fully synthetic) and spark plugs (if a petrol car). Also includes an engine flush, battery check, computer reset (turning off the lights on the dashboard), brake fluid check and coolant (anti-freeze) check. This includes the engine flush & cleaner additive. And can take between 2 and 3 hours.
This is the first great service that we offer and is a replacement of the oil filter and oil change. We use Castrol Edge 5W-30 Fully Synthetic oil and a genuine OE quality German oil filter. This usually takes between 1 and 2 hours and is £110.
These are usually replaced when there is an oil leak and they are attached to the engine manifold. There are either 22mm ones or 33mm ones. There also can be either 4 or 6, depending on how many cylinders the car has. Swirl flaps are designed to create swirl or tumble of the air to aid better combustion under light load where soot levels tend to be dominant because of the lack of air, they are also there to help with driveability in low load conditions. This is a swirl flap removal where blanking plates with seals are put as a replacement. This is an alternative service to a manifold replacement. £180
The engine breather or crankcase breather redirects the small amount of gas that makes it past the piston rings, straight out through the exhaust. If this becomes damaged then this harmful gas can go straight to the engine causing many problems, and pressurises the engine.
Diesel Particulate filters (DPF) or ‘traps’ catch bits of soot in the exhaust. This helps reduce the emission levels, yet when the DPF is blocked you will need it replaced. Yet we can service your DPF, which is something other independent specialists, or BMW Dealers cannot do. Rather than spending up to £1000 or maybe even more than that to get a replacement DPF, we can service it from £175 and have the DPF functioning like a brand new one. We can also do a DPF removal and remap, from £375. Yet we would highly recommend a DPF Service as due to the new laws, any car missing a DPF will fail the next MOT. As with any filter they have to be emptied regularly to maintain performance. For a DPF this process is called ‘regeneration’ – the collected soot is burnt off at high temperature to leave only a tiny ash residue.
Fuel injectors deliver fuel into an engine’s combustion chambers in order for it to be burned, causing the engine to run.
There are different types of electronic fuel injection systems. The first, most common and most simple is called throttle-body injection. A throttle-body injector has one fuel injector that delivers fuel to all of the combustion chambers. The throttle-body injector is positioned on top of the engine and is set up to deliver fuel to all of the cylinders.
The other type of electronic fuel injection has singular fuel injectors for each cylinder; this type of fuel delivery system is called multi-port fuel injection. With this type of fuel injection system, all fuel injectors spray fuel at the same time, even though the cylinders don’t all fire at the same time. The most advanced type of electronic fuel injection is sequential multi-port fuel injection, which causes each injector to spray the fuel just before that particular cylinder fires. Therefore, the driver of a car with sequential multi-port fuel injection will get a quicker response time when they put their foot on the acceleration pedal, as the fuel delivery system doesn’t have to finish a revolution of the engine before it can increase the frequency of fuel delivery.
Fuel injectors also depend on how many cylinders a car has, if the car is petrol or diesel and are an average of £300 per injector.
What’s that light on my dash? What’s does it mean? What’s wrong?
We use the latest diagnostic equipment to identify issues and diagnose fault codes, meaning you are no longer restricted to using a dealership to find faults. The majority of modern vehicles can produce a huge variety of fault codes that are stored within the vehicle’s memory system and can only be cleared with the correct diagnostic equipment.
Our Technicians have the expertise and state of the art diagnostic equipment to maintain your BMW to the same standard as your BMW dealer (if not better), but at a much more affordable price. We offer a range of standard services that will usually match or better the levels of checks made by the dealer or we can offer a very specific BMW service tailored to your car’s age and mileage (and even more if its sports tuned).