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What is My Car Maintenance Schedule?

After purchasing a new or pre-owned vehicle from East Bay BMW, diligent car owners will want to know, ‘what is my car maintenance schedule?’ In order to enjoy optimal performance on San Francisco roads, keeping up with the routine maintenance of your vehicle is essential. The standard car maintenance schedule breaks down into 3,000, 6,000, and 12,000-mile intervals, but BMW drivers have the unique advantage of being able to rely on the Condition Based Service (CBS) system to ensure they’re scheduling service whenever necessary.

In the guide below, the East Bay BMW service team provides more details on the standard car maintenance schedule as it pertains to non-BMW models, as well as pertinent information on how the BMW CBS system works.

Standard Suggested Car Maintenance Schedule

We recommend reviewing your vehicle’s owner’s manual to view an exact car maintenance schedule for your particular make and model, but the information below will provide a basic overview of the service checks you can expect your car to require as you rack up miles on your daily commute from San Jose:

Every 3 months or 3,000 miles:

  • Automatic transmission, power steering, wiper fluid levels
  • Engine oil and air filter
  • Belts, exhaust, and hoses
  • All interior and exterior lights
  • Fuel filter
  • Tire pressure, tire tread wear and tear check

Every 6 months or 6,000 miles:

  • Car battery and cables
  • Chassis lubrication
  • Windshield wipers

Every 12 months or 12,000 miles:

  • Brake system
  • Coolant levels
  • Transmission fluid levels
  • Steering and suspension

Utilizing Your BMW’s CBS System

All new BMW models are equipped with the convenient CBS system – a sensor-based maintenance minder that alerts you when it’s time to bring your BMW vehicle in for service. The BMW CBS system will recommend a service appointment roughly every 10,000 miles. What’s included in a typical service visit? Here’s a quick overview:

The condition of your BMW vehicle’s brakes, spark plugs, coolant, and more will also be checked and, if necessary, replaced.

At-Home Maintenance Checks

In-between service visits, there are some DIY maintenance checks you can carry out right from your driveway in the Bay Area!

  • Note whether the check engine light or any other BMW warning lights are on
  • Check the functioning of all interior and exterior lights
  • Check your tire pressure and tire tread
  • Replenish your windshield wiper fluid

Why Follow a Car Maintenance Schedule?

The reasons to keep up with your car maintenance schedule are many! First and foremost, maintaining your vehicle’s most vital components ensures the safety of you and your passengers. It’s also the best way to ensure your vehicle always runs just as well as it did when you drove off the lot, whether you’ve logged one year or 10 years behind the wheel. The sooner a mechanical issue is spotted by a technician, the lower the likelihood it will snowball into a more serious (and more costly) problem in the future. Finally, knowing your car maintenance schedule empowers you as a car owner! Soon enough, when friends and family need to know the answer to ‘what is my car maintenance schedule?’, you’ll be the one they turn to for advice!

Schedule Service at East Bay BMW

When you’re looking for a BMW service center in the Bay Area that you can count on for timely service and fair prices, look no further than East Bay BMW. We offer the convenience of easy online scheduling, as well as a rotating selection of service specials designed to help you save once your BMW maintenance program expires. Have some lingering questions? Whether you want to know about strut and shock replacement or just about any other topic, we’re here to help. Don’t be shy! Contact us online or call us at 844-361-5467 to start a conversation today.

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