Tech Tip – Registering New Battery on BMW and Mini Cooper
Did you know that the BMW engine computer, known as a DME (Digital Motor Electronics) must be programed to know a new battery has been installed?
Our Senior Service Technician Nick explains why. We’re obviously playing up the humor here, but the topic isn’t a joke, it’s a real issue.
Otherwise the battery can under or overcharge, and cause premature battery failure. Older batteries become sulfated with time and require a higher charging rate. So unless the DME is notified a new […]
The electrical system in late-model Minis and BMWs is quite sophisticated, in that it tailors charging as closely as possible to both the type and age of the battery. The Engine Management computer also controls the alternator output. When replacing a battery, this computer needs to be informed if you’ve replaced the battery or updated the vehicle from a conventional Lead Acid battery to an Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) type; it charges the AGM differently than a traditional battery.
How It’s Done
This process of updating the alternator-control computer is called Battery Registration. Ignoring […]