Updating the X5 vehicle "integration level", the BMW term for updating the system software. The big red unit is our BMW ISTA Diagnostic cart, with the BMW Diagnostic and Programing computer. This system allows us to directly connect your vehicle to BMW's computer servers, for diagnostics, or to check for and download the latest software. Note German Fronius Battery Stabilizer on side of cart. Cart is connected via WiFi, we simply wheel the cart up to you car, connect, and diagnose or program! As easy as updating your Microsoft Windows computer at home...maybe easier.
Recently we carried out a full iPod factory interface Installation, including an update of the vehicle entertainment software as well as the other systems on the car. Photos show the vehicle is connected to BMW's computer servers and downloading system updates. The BMW iPod works very slick, simply connect your iPod to the on-board system and choose your favorite songs from your entire collection. Once your device is plugged in, you can access your music library and control the volume using either the radio, the multifunction steering wheel or the iDrive Controller. Now you can have endless musical enjoyment without [...]
Tech Tip - Inside The BMW Electric Water Pump Just replaced an electric water pump on a newer Maine BMW 535 wagon this morning, quite a interesting work of technology! Most cars, including older BMWs, use a water pump which is driven by a belt on the front of the engine, a tried and proven design, but not one which allows dynamic control. As it has transitioned from the older “M” engine to the new “N” designs, BMW has come up with an interesting twist, an electric engine coolant/water pump. An electric water pump is really a brilliant idea, it [...]
WHY WE POST TECH TIPS At times we are asked why we so freely share this information. No, it's not that Bruce has too much time on his hands. The answer is simple, a rising tide lifts all boats, we're always happy to share what we've learned, it helps our customers, helps future customers, and yes, even other shops (you'd be surprised who reads our postings). Our service philosophy is simple, PREVENT PROBLEMS before they happen, fix SMALL things before they become BIG things, and delight every customer, every time. CV JOINT BOOTS Be it a Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Mini [...]
BMW and Mini Cooper Tech Talk - BMW's New ISTA and ISTA/P Diagnostic, Programing and Coding System Be it Falmouth, Freeport, Brunswick, any where in coastal Maine, we've got you covered! Disclaimer - Snooze Time? Warning, Bruce is about to launch into another of his technical postings, chock full of a lot of acronyms, and funny tech words, so unless you're a car technology geek and really, really love your car, chances are this will put you right to sleep, so save it for bed time. If, however, you'd like to learn more about how we care for, maintain and [...]
Today's BMW cars are a marvel of engineering, but require service and repair by a facility specially trained in the newest technologies. BMW Car Navigation is likewise a marvel, but it does have some weak points, one of which is known as the "HIP Module". The HIP (Host Independent Positioning) module is fitted on the right in the BMW Car Communication Computer (CCC). It is connected to the motherboard and its processors by a ribbon cable. Problems with the BMW Navigation system can often be traced to a defective HIP module, and do not always necessitate replacement of the BMW [...]
Mini Cooper Owners - Bears repeating, if you have a 2007-2010 Mini Cooper or Cooper S, please shorten your oil change intervals from 12,000/15,000 miles to 5,000/7,500 miles at most...the engine you save may be yours. The timing chains on the Mini N12 and N14 engines are a real weak point, failures occurring at 60,000 miles and under (we've documented as low as 15K miles). With proper oil services, and the correct grade oil, you can prevent this problem from ever occurring to your beloved Mini. This car had a timing chain issue, unfortunately made all the worse by the [...]