Part 1: Changing Automatic Transmission Fluid & Filter On A BMW/MINI
blog.BavAuto.com -- Most people think that because BMW and MINI call their transmission fluids "Lifetime" or "Extended Service" it doesn't have to be changed. Not true. To get the most out of your transmission and avoid a costly, catastrophic failure, you should change the fluid and filter every 50,000 miles. Watch Bavarian Otto demonstrate how to do this on a BMW E39 (5 series 97 thru 03). You'll find the specific fluid and filter your BMW/MINI needs in our online store at www.BavAuto.com.
Flushing & Replacing Engine Coolant in a BMW/MINI
BLOG ARTICLE: http://blog.bavauto.com/12402 "Like" us on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BavarianAutosport "Follow" us on Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/BavAuto "Subscribe" to us on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/BavarianAuto Visit our online store - http://www.bavauto.com/ All of the items shown in these videos are available in our online store at http://www.bavauto.com/. Need additional tech help? Please visit our tech blog for thousands of Tech and DIY BMW and MINI articles at: http://blog.bavauto.com/ --- The coolant flush is not especially difficult, but it does require more than simply removing the radiator drain plug. In this video we will demonstrate a coolant flush and change on a typical BMW with a later model 6-cylinder engine. The procedures shown can be applied to most BMW and MINI models. In our example (2002 E53 X5 3.0i), we'll show the specific steps to properly drain and flush the system, then fill and bleed with new 50/50 mix of distilled water and coolant. Watch the video and see the parts and tools used, below. For further assistance, please contact our agents at 800-535-2002 or visit our online store at bavauto.com. The Bentley repair manuals will cover model specific points, torque values and fill quantities. This DIY will assume that the DIYer has the applicable Bentley manual for additional references. Our BMW and MINI cooling systems have the thankless task of dissipating the heat generated by our engines (and automatic transmissions), keeping them at an optimal operating temperature; not too hot, not too cool. In addition, the cooling system must keep corrosion and sediment from attacking the metal, plastic and rubber parts of the systems. Like the engine's lubrication system (oiling), the cooling system must function mile after mile and hour after hour for hundreds of thousands of miles and thousands of hours. Faults within either of these systems will typically result in catastrophic failure and potentially terminal engine damage. With these thoughts in mind, we can begin to understand why regular maintenance of the engine's cooling system is just as (or more) important as the other regular maintenance tasks that we perform on our BMWs and MINIs. We recommend a coolant flush every two to three years if using the BMW/MINI coolant and distilled water (more often if other coolant or "tap" water is used). While the base Ethylene Glycol (EG) Antifreeze/Coolant (basically) holds its antifreeze properties for a very long time, the additives for corrosion protection, lubrication, etc, do not. The recommended 2-year interval is due to the Silicate anti-corrosion additives that are "used up" and begin to drop out of solution after about two years of service. When this happens, silicate build-up can happen within the radiator, heater core and engine passages. When adding coolant, between flushes, always add the same coolant as the original fill. While adding a common green, orange, yellow or other, coolant (which have differing additive packages and base pH) will not immediately destroy your engine or cooling system, it will reduce the effectiveness of both the base and the added coolants. This will, at least, greatly reduce the service life or, at worst, start a corrosive cycle. We mix the coolant with the distilled water in a 50/50 ratio. Using distilled water for your 50/50 mix is not specifically required, but in doing so, your coolant mixture will be much more stable and far less corrosive in the long term. This is due to the absence of the minerals and impurities that are removed in the distillation process. These impurities encourage electrolytic corrosion to the engine block, cylinder head, hoses and gaskets, damaging these parts and causing failures and need for repairs. Parts Used: BMW Coolant: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=82+14+1+467+704 Distilled water (local grocery store) Tools Used: Form-a-Funnel: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=18609 Spill-Free Coolant Funnel: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=24680 Garage Guard Absorbent Mat: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=L90696 Coolant Drain Pan: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=17952 6mm flexible hose clamp driver: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=53910 Bentley repair manuals: http://www.bavauto.com/se1.asp?dept_id=5228 Floor jack and jack-stands, ramps or vehicle lift Metric 3/8" drive socket set (8mm thru 17mm) Metric combination wrench set (8mm through 17mm) Flat head screwdrivers Phillips head screwdrivers -------- All products noted in this video can be purchased in our online store, http://www.bavauto.com/, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You are also welcome to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call into our headquarters and speak to our knowledgeable advisors at (800) 535-2002 (Mon.-Thurs. 8AM to 9PM EST, Fri. 8AM to 7PM EST, and Sat. 9AM to 4PM EST).
Replacing the BMW M54 Crankcase Ventilation System, Part 1 of 3
Learn how to replace the crankcase ventilation system (PCV) on your BMW. In this three-part series, Bavarian Otto shows you how to do it yourself and save hundreds of dollars over what a dealer would charge. Everything you need for the job is available in our online store at http://www.bavauto.com/ Have a tech question about your BMW or MINI? Find the answer at http://blog.bavauto.com/
Repairing Paint Chips On A BMW Or MINI
www.bavauto.com -- In this DIY How-To video we'll show you how easy it is to repair minor paint chips and damage on your BMW or MINI. We'll use the BMW and MINI touch-up paint, Paint Chip Repair Kit, Dr. Color Chip Road Rash Kit and Wurth Sanding Pen to fill and finish large chips to areas of hundreds of small chips. All of these products shown in this video are available in our online store at www.BavAuto.com . You can also call our knowledgeable agents at 800-535-2002. To order the proper touch-up paint, you will need your BMW or MINI color code and color name. The color code tag (label or sticker) is under the hood or on the underside of the hood on most models. Call us if you need assistance finding your color code.