Welcome to our BMW and MINI tech blog!
There are more than 1,000 Q&As and DIY guides posted here. Feel free to search by keyword (upper right), browse by category (lower right), or watch one of our helpful videos. Once you've found the answer to your question, you can get the parts you need in our online store – www.BavAuto.com.
BMW / MINI is performing a recall on various Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works 2dr hardtop models from model years 2014 & 2015. Affected models do not meet the US side impact requirements for rear seat passengers (FMVSS #214, Side Impact Protection).
F56 MINI – Cooper, Cooper S, John Cooper Works (JCW) models for the 2014 and 2015 model years.
According to the recall:
“If the side impact performance requirements are not met, rear seat passengers may be at a higher risk of injury during a crash.”
BMW / MINI will install additional energy absorbing materials in the rear passenger body areas.
The recall is scheduled to begin September 12, 2015. Owners of affected vehicles are being notified by BMW / MINI. Further information can be obtained by contacting MINI customer relations at 1-866-825-1525.
MINI recall 15V450000
In our earlier post on using the BavAuto® Space Saver Spare Tire Kits to assure that you won’t be left in a bad situation, on the side of the road due to a tire emergency (even if you do have run-flat tires), we made note of the new Wagan 12-volt Impact Wrench. The Wagan Mighty Impact Wrench is designed to loosen and tighten vehicle lug nuts, using the vehicle’s 12-volt accessory power plugs (cigarette lighter sockets). The tool is packaged in a compact heavy duty box that stores easily in your trunk making it ready for roadside tire emergencies or seasonal tire change-overs.
In using the wrench, we have found that when installing the lug bolts, two to three “knocks” of the impact mechanism will tighten the bolts to 80 to 90 ftlbs. Once the vehicle is on the ground, use the lug wrench or a torque wrench to final tighten the lug bolts, as shown in the DIY video linked above.
Check out the tool in action:
Before offering the Mighty Impact Wrench to BavAuto® customers, we tested it for a couple months, passing it around between the Advisors, Tech crew and anyone that could use it to help with their tire changes or heavy mechanical work. We actually tried to break it ….. but failed. Therefore, we decided it was ready for our customers!
Even if you have a compressor and standard pneumatic impact guns at home, this 12-volt tool is great to keep in the car …… be it a BMW, MINI or other model. The tool comes with two double ended impact sockets that will fit practically any vehicle you may own. While the included sockets are great, we prefer to add our non-marring sockets for use on our nice BMW or MINI wheels. The non-marring sockets won’t scratch up the lug bolt cavities in the wheels.
The original Halogen bulbs that illuminate the Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) or “Angel Eyes” (also known as corona rings, demon eyes, etc.) on the BMW E65/E66 7-series (745i, 745Li, 750i, 750Li, 760i, 760Li – 02 thru 09) are comparatively dim and yellow when compared to the Xenon HID headlight bulbs or the later model LED illuminated rings.
These LED Angel Eye upgrade bulb kits will change the color of your Angel Eye rings to better match the Xenon HID headlight bulbs and look like the current new BMW models with original LED Angel Eye illumination. Get rid of the yellow halogen Angel Eyes and enjoy these brighter and whiter color matching LED Angel Eyes!
These LED upgrade kits are a direct replacement for the original Halogen Angel Eye bulbs. Installation for the E65 and E66 7-series models involves removal of the headlight assemblies in order to access the bulbs. Note that this procedure must be performed even for a standard bulb replacement (in the event of a “burned-out” Halogen bulb). In consideration of the work required to replace a standard Halogen bulb, why not take the opportunity to install the more current looking LED upgrade kit?
Follow along as we install the Angel Eye upgrade LED bulb kit in a 2006 750Li: