Latest News at BM Automotive Solutions


  • Clutch and Duel Mass Flywheel replacements BMW and Mini

    BMW and Mini Clutch and Flywheel replacementWe carry out clutch and flywheel replacement on both Mini and BMW models, most models now have Duel Mass Flywheels ( DMF for short ) to absorb vibrations and give a smooth take up of drive. A clutch consists of two parts, a pressure plate and a friction plate. The friction plate is the part that delivers drive and also allows the slip you need when pulling away for example, this is the part that can wear out, depending on driving style this can be...  Read More...

  • BMW specialists, Black Country, Dudley, Stourbridge

    BM Automotive Solutions, your local BMW and Mini specialists for the Black Country, Dudley, Stourbridge. A little bit about us!Set up in 2012 both Dave and Mark left a local BMW main dealer with 30 years of experience and BMW training between them, sensing an opportunity to provide dealer levels of service, diagnostics and repairs but without the dealer price tag. Since opening the doors in February 2012 we have issued over 5000 invoices and currently have over 3000 vehicles on our database...  Read More...

  • BMW Electronic service history update and display on I Drive

    All new BMW and Minis now have electronic service history records.  This means no more service book ( something that can be lost, or fraudulently filled in  )The electronic service history is updated by the our selves during the service and can be displayed on the vehicles I-Drive display, keeping a record that is quick and easy to access. In order to do this we have signed up to a Trade BMW account, and invested in the BMW diagnostic hardware and software required, this enab...  Read More...

  • What happens when you don't change your engine oil often enough

    We at BM Automotive Solutions not only undertake regular servicing but we also carry out diagnosis work with poor engine running, EGR faults, Turbo charger related faults, as well as Vanos and Valvetronic work.Some of the problems we see can be directly linked to a lack of regular servicing, or servicing with low quality filters and oil.As soon as you turn the key oil begins to absorb carbon and acids ( both being a by-product of combustion ) - This is why the engine oil turns from a golden colo...  Read More...

  • BMW and Mini - Winter checks and interim servicing offer.

    It's that time of year again, with the days short and the weather turning now is the time to ensure your car will not let you down over the festive period and the new year.We are offering Winter Checks on all BMW and Mini models, where we will check the most essential components that should keep you on the road this winter.We will check:Heater operationLights operation and condition.Wiper Blades operation and condition.Screen wash concentration Anti-Freeze concentration Engine oil ...  Read More...

  • Courtesy Cars Available BMW and Mini

    Being without a car is never easy, weather it be in for a repair, service or an MOT.Which is why we offer our customers use of either of our courtesy cars. To qualify to use one our cars you must be/have:A full UK driving licenseBe 25 years of age or olderHave no more than 5 penalty points currently on your license The cars will be covered on our insurance so there is no need for you to arrange insurance. There is a minimum charge of £12 per day. However on larger jobs that may t...  Read More...

  • BMW Timing Chain Failure and Repair. N42, N43 and N47 engines

    BMW engines since the mid 1990's have used timing chains instead of cambelts. This removes the servicing aspect of replacing the belt and gives the owner piece of mind, almost eliminating the potential for a failure.On the whole the BMW timing chains have been very reliable and often outlive the life of the car and the engine, however in more recent times they have not been without fault.Although a snapped timing chain would be a worse case situation and would result in serious internal eng...  Read More...

  • BMW Diesels, Turbo Failure and Repair

    Over the last 15 years we have a huge shift towards turbo diesel engine'd cars. They can offer good power and torque figures whilst also returning superior economy when compared to the larger petrol equivalents. Common BMW diesel models include: 318d.   Read More...

  • BMW Electronic Service History Update

    BMW's are among the most technically advanced cars on our roads today. Which is why it is important that your garage is as up to date as your car! We at BM Automotive Solutions constantly asses our customer and vehicle needs to ensure we have the latest tools, diagnostic equipment, and training to enable us to provide the best possible service whatever the age of the car.  One of the most recent and applicable changes BMW have made is the move to "electronic service history".   Read More...

  • Mini Service and Repair Specialists

    As well as being a BMW specialist we are also a Mini specialists. Having worked at a main Mini dealership for a combined 30 years, and having run our own successful Mini specialists for over 4 years now we definitely have all the experience to quickly diagnosis, repair and service your cherished Mini.We cover all Mini models sold by BMW since 2001. These include,Mini OneMini CooperMini Cooper SMini ConvertibleMini ClubmanMini PacemanMini Countryman These models are identifiable from th...  Read More...

  • BMW and Mini CBS Service Lights

    First seen in 2002 on the BMW E65 7 series CBS  (Condition Based Servicing) is now standard across the BMW and Mini Range. Some of the symbols are easier to identify than others! So here are the most common symbols which you will see on the: BMW 1 Series BMW 2 Series BMW 3 Series BMW 4 Series BMW 5 Series BMW 6 Series BMW 7 Series BMW X Drive Series ( X1, X3, X5, X6 ) Mini models from 2006 onwards - R56, R57, R60 ect     Read More...

  • BMW DPF Blocked?

    BMW introduced DPF - Diesel particulate filters around 2004 and eventually phased them in to the entire diesel range. If you drive a post 2006 BMW diesel then you probably have a DPF fitted! A Diesel particulate filter gathers, diesel particulates.   Read More...

  • BMW and Mini regular servicing will prevent breakdowns!

    Many breakdowns we see on a day to day basis can be prevented by regular servicing using quality filters, spark plugs and engine oil. A few real life examples of this, which we have experienced in the recent months are: Engine oil "coking up" This is when the golden oil that you use on a service starts turning to sludge and then eventually turns into a solid - this is due to the absorbing of carbon, sometimes this can be easily identified by looking at the unde...  Read More...

  • 480A, 481A Fault Codes, DPF Blocked

    One of the more common sets of fault codes we see come from the BMW diesel engines produced after around 2005/2006. They relate to the Diesel Particulate Filter otherwise known as the DPF.  These fault codes are 480A and 481A. Both of these fault codes relate to the DPF being excessively clogged, in other words blocked.   Read More...

  • Castrol Edge BMW LL04

    BM Automotive Solutions really is a BMW and Mini specialist, where as most garages will stock a generic barrel of engine oil regardless of what car is being service, we understand the importance of quality and the importance of maintaining your BMW or Mini to the highest standard to minimize the risk of expensive repairs. We only stock and use Castrol Edge Fully Synthetic 5w-30 which meets and excels the BMW LL04 standard required for long-life servicing. Remember using ...  Read More...

  • BMW Petrol N43 Engine failures - How To Prevent

      BMW Petrol Engine N43 Failures  Recently we have started to see engine problems / engine failures with BMW petrol engines - engine code N43. Failure can happen without prior warning and cause the engine to seize up, many repairs for this can run into the thousands with replacement engines needed. What is causing the failures?   Read More...

  • Full exterior valet and interior cleaning for your BMW and BMW Mini

    When your car is in for service with us why not treat your car to a Full Valet and Interior cleaning service.  All this for only £45 plus VAT. Love your car with BM Automotive Solutions  Read More...

  • Servicing new BMW and Mini models

    Do you know a new car under manufactures warranty does not have to be serviced at the main dealer? Thanks to EU Legislation, you are able to take your car to the garage of your choice, where as long as:  Parts are of an O.E quality the correct grade engine oil is used and the servicing schedule followed correctly  then manufacturers warranty will remain unaffected. We at BM Automotive are able to service even the newest BMW and Mini models to the correct standard, using either genuine ...  Read More...

  • Air Conditioning Service

    With summer fast approaching now is a good time to get your cars Air-Con system checked, and if necessary cleaned and re-gassed.  Over time Air-Con gas escapes from the cars air conditioning system, this causes a drop in efficiency from the air-con system and will eventually cause the system to fail all together. Did you know the Air-Con gas contains the lubricating oil necessary to keep the Air-Con pump working all year round? As well as providing ice cold air from the heater vents, y...  Read More...

  • Courtesy Cars Coming Soon

    Due To Customer Feedback We will Shortly Be Offering Courtesy Cars While Your Car Is In For Repair PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE.     Read More...

  • Good Results Had Using BG Products

      Low tension piston rings feeling the pressure To reduce frictional drag energy loss and increase fuel efficiency, gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines are now using thinner and lighter ‘low tension’ piston rings. Piston ring spring force in older port fuel injection (PFI) engines used to be as high as 30 psi. New PFI and GDI engines can have more than a 60 percent reduction in sealing pressure on the cylinder walls. At the same time, new PFI and GDI engine compression ratios have ...  Read More...

  • Forte, Oil and Fuel System Additives

    BM Automotive Solutions is proud to use and offer Forte Lubricants. Every engine oil service which we quote on and carry out already includes the Forte Advanced Formula Motor Flush. This is added to the old oil and the engine is allowed to idle for between 20-30 minutes, carrying out this procedure has the following advantages: Cleans engines internally and provide anti-wear protection Frees sticking piston rings, hydraulic valve lifters and variable valve timing systems Removes lacquer, varnish...  Read More...

  • BMW Steering Lock Fault A115, A116 Repair

      We have seen a number of BMW and Mini vehicles affected by steering lock fault Fault codes typically stored can be, A115 and A116, this can cause either an amber or a red warning to be displayed on the dash / monitor if fitted.  If ignored these faults can lead to the steering lock being permanently engaged and can prevent the vehicle from starting. Models affect are BMW 1, 3, 5 Series 2005 onwards and Mini R56 models 2006 onwards. A new steering lock ( and column ) can be ...  Read More...

  • BMW and Mini Recovery Service

    Unfortunately from time to time cars can let us down - If you have breakdown cover with any of the major companies, The AA, Green flag, RAC ect, then depending on your level of cover you maybe able to get the vehicle recovered to our selves for free.  ​​What happens in you don't have breakdown cover? First of all don't panic, help is at hand.   Read More...

  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent BMW and Mini Servicing

    BMW and Mini Servicing for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. BM Automotive Solutions is a BMW and Mini specialists located just off the M6 junction 12. This puts us as little as 20 minutes away from the Stoke-on-Trent area when using the M6 motorway We can offer while you wait servicing and diagnostic checks, providing refreshments and free Wi-Fi  Directions when traveling southbound on the M6 Exit the M6 at junction 12 (signposted A5) Take first exit off slip road Continue 400m down A5.   Read More...

  • Winter Checks

    With winter now upon us it is more important than ever to ensure your BMW or Mini is ready to go out and tackle whatever the weather has to throw at it, here are just a few items you should consider. Battery The battery on your car is primarily used to start the vehicle and then provide a steady supply of electricity to all the electrical consumers on the vehicle, once the engine is running providing there are no faults the alternator will keep the battery charged.   More recent BMW and Min...  Read More...

  • Engine oil, using the right stuff!

    Unfortunately over the lifetime of a car it can sometimes end up at a "non specialist garage" and get filled with the wrong grade of engine oil, and occasionally servicing can go over the recommended mileage or worse still get missed all together.  Read More...

  • BG Treatments - Restore engine efficiency, performance, and minimise engine wear between servicing

    Engine oil not only lubricates your engine but it also absorbers carbon, as the oil ages and the miles build the oil starts to become less effective. If the oil is not absorbing the carbon it has to go somewhere else. The carbon will work its way past pistons and into breather systems  Read More...

  • BMW Fault Code 5E20 showing on BMW 1 series (E87) & 3 Series (E90, E91)

    If your BMW ABS Pump Module is faulty then your ACS / DCS (traction control) lights will be illuminated and possibly showing a fault code of 5E20. At BM Automotive we can repair this issue, rather than replacing the abs unit we can rebuild your ABS unit  Read More...

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