Category Archives: Technical Articles – BMW

BMW Technical Articles

Oil – It’s all the same isn’t it?

Engine oil – when its synthetic…its all the same isn’t it? For the longest time…BRracing prided itself on offering the same engine oil that the dealership offered for their customers.  We carried the same oil as the BMW dealership for BMWs, the same oil as the MINI dealership for MINI’s, the same oil as the […]

Brake Rotors – Which One?

BRAKE ROTOR OPTIONS – Which One is  Right For You? When customers are adding or upgrading their brake system, we often get asked the question about which brake rotor type should they order (plain, cross-drilled, slotted, J-hook). The answer really comes down to the application(s).  If the upgrade is being done just for the looks […]

BMW CCB Brake Maint

Carbon Ceramic Brakes (CCB) are not new, but they are relatively new to BMW cars. The new BMW F80 M4 and the F82 M3, along w the M5 / M6 now have ceramic brakes as an option. The marketing hype seems awesome….lighter rotors, lighter pads, no brake dust, less unsprung weight, longer life….and just a […]

BMW / MINI Motor Oil – Major Shift

BMW / MINI Cooper Engine Oil Supplier Change For as many years as I can remember, BMW, and later BMW & MINI, have defined the ONLY engine oil of choice to be the synthetic engine oils produced by CASTROL for BMW & MINI Cooper. They were specifically designed, defined, and packaged for BMW / MINI […]

BMW Recall – 3 Series Airbag

BMW RECALLS Passenger Side Front Airbags in Model Year 2000 – 2006 3 Series As a Precaution, BMW to Replace Passenger-side Front Airbags in Model Year 2000-06 3 Series Vehicles. Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 16, 2014 BMW announced today that it has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the company’s intent […]

BMW Recall – VANOS Bolts

BMW RECALL – April 2014 BMW is recalling a 156,137 vehicles, both luxury cars and SUVs, to make sure bolts holding a component in their six-cylinder engines don’t break loose and cause stalling or engine damage. BMW says it has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that in rare cases, bolts holding the variable […]

BMW Recall – Seat Occupancy Sensor

BMW Recall announced and release – December 17, 2013. See the details that follow – RECALL Subject : Front Seat Occupant Protection Mat Report Receipt Date: NOV 12, 2013 NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V564000 Component(s): AIR BAGS Potential Number of Units Affected: 76,565 Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC SUMMARY: BMW of North America LLC (BMW) […]

BMW Recall – 2012 – 2014 Models w N20/N26 Engine

BMW Recall: 2012-14 Models with N20/N26 Engine (For Power Brake Assist Loss) September 27, 2013 Technical Service October 11, 2013 DCSnet Message Urgent Subject: Delivery Stop N20 N26 Vacuum Pump Oil Supply Message Recipients: General Managers, Sales Managers, Service Managers, Service and Parts Directors, Parts Managers, Service Advisors, Shop Foremen On September 26th, BMW of […]

BMW Revises Oil Change Interval

BMW Revises Oil Change Interval We had just posted and documented the change MINI Cooper had made on the oil change interval (decreasing it to 10,000 miles from 15,000 miles), and now BMW releases this update for all cars to do the same (BMW Service Bulletin B000113, Attachment 5). What is odd about the BMW […]

BMW recall – 1 series, 3 series, Z4 battery cable

  BMW?is recalling 570,000 cars in North America for power failures and engine stalling, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The battery cable supplying power to the fuse box has a terminal that can wear out over time, particularly due to road vibrations, BMW said. About 504,545 models of the 2008-2012?1-Series, […]