Technical Issues and Advice: Service Tips Videos to Save Time!
Oil Sight Windows in Oilheads and K models:
Leaking Oil Level Sight Window. This is NOT good!
Replace yours immediately if it looks like this, BEFORE IT BLOWS OUT!!!
When checking your engine oil level, make sure there is no oil weeping
from the oil level sight window. These sight windows are only pressed
in and held by compression of the rubber outer ring. If it is weeping
oil it WILL blow out!!! There have been several cases of these windows
blowing out and causing a near-crash or catastophic fire. If it is
weeping/leaking... Have it replaced IMMEDIATELY. For those of you who
travel long-distance, I would suggest carrying a spare one with you so
that you can have it replaced wherever you might be when you find it is
leaking. I can't possibly over emphasize the importance of checking
this frequently. It is even more important than checking your tire
Oil Filter Changes:
When changing your "spin-on" oil filter, do yourself a favor and, with
a black marker, write the date, mileage and weight of oil used on
the top of the oil filter. By doing so, you not only have a record of
when your oil was changed, but this info will also let your technician
know what type of oil you use and therefore, what type he should put
back in or add while servicing your BMW. Unfortunately, at many
dealerships now, you don't get to meet the tech who is actually
servicing your bike, since at many shops you can no longer view the
service deptartment. This simple task will help alleviate any
confusion. Some other tips for the "Do it yourself" riders: Lubricate
the rubber O-Ring with USED oil, not new oil, to help prevent the
O-Ring from sticking to the engine block when you next remove the
filter. Torque it to (you do own a torque wrench, right?) 11 NM. BMW
also mandates that technicians add BLUE Locking compound to all drain
plugs that use a "crush washer" to seal the plug. NOT the FILL plugs.
Just the drains. This serves 2 purposes. It helps seal against leaks
and it keeps the plug in place in case you have a "moment" and forget
to TORQUE the drain plug to 32 NM. Again, you do own a torque wrench
don't you? Did I mention that if you do ANYTHING on your BMW that you
should buy a quality torque wrench? One can be purchased for as little
as $60. It is the best security blanket you could add to your toolbox.