BMW Maintenance

Factory Trained BMW Maintenance Specialists

Our goal is to provide BMW Maintenance, and service your vehicle quickly and accurately without the costs and time associated with taking a BMW to a shop that is unfamiliar with BMWs. You will get your vehicle diagnosed correctly the first time. This will save you time and money.

  • Coding/Programming
  • Diagnosis and repair
  • Mechanical repairs
  • Electrical repairs
  • Air conditioning repairs
  • Wheels and tires
  • Window tinting
  • Cleaning / detailing
  • Exhaust repairs / upgrades
  • Modifications
  • Maintenance / service
  • Restoration
  • Pickup and drop off available

Other BMW Maintenance services from Babbitt

iPod/iPhone integration

Most BMWs built from 1998 to current production models can be fitted with iPod integration. The features of the radio and steering wheel control vary but the sound is CD quality. The 6 CD changers equipped in BMWs do not play CDRs (recordable CDs) well and the changers can be expensive to replace (well over the cost of an iPod and integration). IPods have much greater storage capacity, and you can take them from car to car unlike CD changers. The iPod can be positioned in various locations: in center console, in trunk or on dash. In most applications on-screen display of the songs, album and artist appear on radio or instrument cluster. The iPod is charged by the adaptor and in iPhone applications, the music fades so the phone can ring through the speakers. The cost for integration starts at $350 (not including iPod) and can be completed in a couple of hours. Call us for an appointment.

Bluetooth integration

BMWs are driving machines, and anything that can prevent the driver from getting the full driving experience is undesirable. Phones can be one of those things. BMW started using hands free phones as far back as 1988. The problem was as the technology got better, the phones and their equipment quickly became outdated. Bluetooth addresses this problem by eliminating clumsy wiring and allowing hands free use of the phone, which can be replaced or updated whenever desired. At BMW we can install Bluetooth integration into most models built from 1995 on. The convenience, safety, and as of 07/01/08 necessity of hands free phone is a nice upgrade.

What about the 15,000 mile oil change BMW Maintenance?

BMW Maintenance have nearly always had extended oil life recommendations. New BMWs with “full maintenance warranty” limit free oil services to 1 per year or when the service indicator tells you – this averages around 12-16k miles. We believe the engine will not fail prematurely due to the extended miles on the oil; however, the long-term life of the engine might be extended if more frequent servicing is done. It’s very important to frequently inspect all fluids, belts, tires and hoses. A visit to Babbitt every 6 months or 6000-7500 miles to change the oil and filter, adjust tire pressures and perform a comprehensive inspection can save you money over the life of your BMW. It could also save you the inconvenience of a breakdown. Call us for an appointment.

Lifetime transmission fluid?

Since 1993, BMW has been sealing automatic transmissions and recommending “no servicing for the life of the transmission”. It is true that transmission fluids do not live in the same harsh environment as the engine oil, so extended services are reasonable. However, it may be more prudent to replace the transmission fluid and filter every 75,000 miles to provide additional assurance that the BMW owner will not experience transmission problems. As with most repairs, Babbitt can perform the transmission service the same day.

Why original BMW brake parts?

Over the years we have tried many different variations of brake components on BMWs, and what we have learned is that the original brake rotors and linings perform better for street use than any other combination. The superior cold performance and lack of any noise or vibration makes them ideal for daily driving. The only drawback to original equipment is the dark grey brake dust caused by the high carbon linings. After-market linings can cure the dust problem but quite often create other issues. A shaking steering wheel as you slow from freeway speeds, and even when not braking, can often be cured with BMW brake discs/rotors. As the non-original rotors heat cycle from driving, they often become warped like an lp record. The BMW rotors are cast from very soft and porous steel; they dissipate heat very uniformly, and when the factory linings are used, the pores at the surface of the rotors collect and hold carbon from the linings to help adhesion and minimize vibrations (noise). Ever notice the way the rotors on your BMW rust in what seems like minutes after a car wash? Also, sometimes squeaks can be heard during a rainy day. This is a result of washing the carbon away. Our recommendation is original brakes on your BMW Maintenance unless you intend to compete. Remember to go easy on your new brakes for the first two hundred miles. This will harden the lining materials and maximize the performance and longevity of the linings. Most brake jobs can be done the same day at Babbitt Motor Werks. Call us for an appointment.

Brake fluid

The brake system of your BMW uses a glycol-based hydraulic fluid. This fluid is “hygroscopic,” which means it will absorb moisture over time. Moisture lowers the boiling point of the fluid and causes internal corrosion in the brake system. That’s why the fluid should be replaced when brake repairs are done or every two years (regardless of mileage) as preventive maintenance. Babbitt uses a pressure bleeding system to ensure all of the fluid is replaced and no air is introduced.


The coolant in your engine serves three important purposes. One is to protect your engine from damage from freezing. Here in sunny southern Arizona we typically need not worry about freezing. The second is to keep the engine cool, and here that is far more important. We all need to be cool, right? The third is just as important, and that is to protect the engine from corrosion. One specific measure of protection is pH. If you have ever had a swimming pool then you know about pH. pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. Liquids with a pH less than seven are considered acidic, while those with a pH greater than seven are considered basic (alkaline). A pH of 7.0 is neutral (like pure water). The coolant pH in your BMW started at 8.5 and after a couple years will dip into the 6 range. At this point it’s doing more harm than good. Gaskets, hoses and seals are no longer being protected. They’re being eaten! It’s a slow process, but irreversible. It’s very important to replace the coolant with the correct type every three years or so. At BMW we use the factory zero phosphate coolant and can replace it in about an hour.

Power steering

The power steering fluid of your BMW is just as important as the coolant or brake fluid. The fluid is used to assist the driver when steering, but just as importantly, it lubricates the steering gear that turns the wheels. It is pumped from its reservoir by a belt driven hydraulic pump through hoses and then to the steering gear. After the fluid passes through the gear it goes through more hoses to the cooler and then back to the fluid reservoir. The absence of a filter can cause problems; if a pump or gear starts to fail, the debris is sent through the entire system, resulting in an expensive repair. The fluid, when new, helps condition the hoses and seals within the system. After time, the conditioners break down, resulting in hoses and seals that become hard and brittle. Power steering hose replacements are among the most common BMW repairs. BMW has no recommended service interval for replacing the power steering fluid. At BMW we recommend changing the power steering fluid every 30k miles. It’s less than fifty dollars on most BMWs and can be done while you wait. Call us for an appointment.

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