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BMW Condition Based Service

Written by maryp posted on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

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If you have a later model BMW you know a little about the “Condition Based Service”. The concept of the Condition Based Service, (CBS) is to allow for economical maintenance and service intervals. Let’s take an ’04 545 for an example:

Your Service Indicator systems are determining the maintenance service intervals based on your BMW’s fuel consumption, thereby assessing when it’s time to change the oil. That is the main function.

But, along with the monitoring the fuel consumption, there are also sensors that are detecting wear conditions of the oil, Microfilter, and the Front and Rear brakes. Your instrument cluster is collecting data, and then “manages” the service schedule for you.

The oil condition sensor is being monitored by your ECM, an algorithm is applied to determine the service date. The calculations being considered are whether or not the correct oil grade is present, the oil level, the oil temp, the engine load, the mileage, date, and the fuel consumption.

Whewww….and you thought your BMW was just another pretty face.

Yes, the concept is to keep your maintenance costs under control, but keep in mind that you still need to have your BMW or MINI checked by a professional on a regular basis. There are wear items such as belts that under some conditions, (if failed unexpectedly), can result in damage to your engine. Tire pressures this time of the year can vary also as the temperature dips lower, and those need to be set. Suspension and even the cooling system components should be checked also. If any of your warning lights turn on, give us a call.

Let us help you with your BMW or MINI.

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