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MINI Recall – Cooper, Cooper S – Front Passenger Seat Cushion, 15V739000

Dec 2 15

BMW/MINI is performing a recall on various Cooper and Cooper S models from model year 2014 &  2015.  Passenger side front seat cushions may not have proper occupant sensor calibration which could cause improper airbag functions.

Affected models:

F56 – 2014 & 2015 2dr & 4dr hatchback hardtop models:
Cooper 2dr models manufactured 02/25/14 through 05/16/15
Cooper S 2dr models manufactured 03/28/14 through 05/09/15
Cooper 4dr models manufactured 10/17/14 through 06/02/15
Cooper S 4dr models manufactured 11/24/14 through 06/11/14

According to the recall:

“Inappropriate air bag activation/deactivation can increase the risk of occupant injury in the event of a vehicle crash.”

BMW/MINI will replace the front passenger seat cushion.

The recall is scheduled to begin December 28, 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.

BMW recall 15V739000
15V739

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BMW and MINI Pre-Trip Service and Inspection

Nov 20 15

Looking forward to heading out for a road trip in your BMW or MINI?  Naturally, the baby is all cleaned up, vacuumed, waxed and detailed, right?  But, hold on there!  In the excitement of hitting the road and “getting” to drive (vs. the other mind set of “having” to drive, as much of the populace would fall into), don’t forget the most important part of getting ready …… Your BMW’s or MINI’s functional operating systems.  You know, the stuff that can make you late,  strand you on the side of the road, ruin your day, ruin the complete trip, even injure or kill you.

Let’s schedule out an hour or two (even less, depending on how you maintain your vehicle) to run through the systems from both a maintenance and a safety outlook.

1)  Make sure the vehicle is up to date on regular scheduled maintenance; fluid changes, filter changes, suspension inspections, brake inspections, driveline inspections, etc.  Click HERE to check Otto’s Ultimate Maintenance Schedule for your BMW or MINI.

2)  Check the under-hood fluid levels; coolant, engine oil (if dipstick is available), transmission fluid (if dipstick is available), power steering fluid, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid.

3)  Check the engine’s accessory drive belts and coolant hoses.

Watch Otto’s DIY video on under-hood inspections:

4)  Check tire air pressures, tread wear and sidewall condition.  Click HERE for Otto’s tire inspection guidelines.

5)  Inspect the windshield wipers for rough rubber (causes streaking), tears or other damage.  Click HERE for Otto’s DIY articles (videos & photos) on wiper blade replacement.

5)  Finally, we wholeheartedly recommend an application of the Aquapel rain repellent windshield treatment.  This will make your drive much more relaxing if you run into rainy weather, especially at night!

Watch Otto’s DIY video on Aquapel application:

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Your BMW’s or MINI’s Engine Filters are its Defensive Line – Air, Oil, Fuel

Nov 19 15


Our BMWs’ or MINIs’  air, oil and fuel filters are the defenders of our engines.  These filters keep out the contaminants and wear particles that can damage the engine, shortening its life or destroying it.

The air and fuel filters prevent outside contaminants from entering the engine through the air and fuel that the engine consumes.  Contaminants entering the engine through the intake air and fuel system can cause wear to the fuel injectors, cylinder walls , pistons and piston rings.  The oil filter collects the internal engine wear particles and by-products of combustion that would otherwise continue to circulate through the engine’s lubrication system, accelerating wear to the bearings, camshafts and valve train, pistons, piston rings and the cylinder walls.

The engine filters each have a recommended replacement interval, per the manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance program.  At a minimum, the filters should be replaced at these intervals.  Here at BavAuto®, we suggest a more aggressive replacement schedule for most applications.  In this case, we are more interested in achieving long service life as opposed to an artificially lower maintenance cost.  Click HERE for the BavAuto® Ultimate Maintenance Schedule for BMWs and MINIs.

Once we’re made the decision to properly maintain the engine filters on our BMWs and MINIs the next step is to select high quality filters.  A high quality filter can trap and hold up to 99.9% of contaminants and wear particles that would otherwise subject the engine to excessive and accelerated wear.  With this noted, all filters are not created equal.  Additionally, “you get what you pay for” does not apply across the board.  The The Mann and Mahle filters that BavAuto® specializes in are the highest quality filters that are available for our BMWs and MINIs.  In fact, both Mahle and Mann are original equipment suppliers for BMW and MINI air, fuel and oil filters.

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As an example of the wide differences in quality between different filters, check out the photos below,
comparing BMW, Mann and Mahle oil filters to some other brands.

The following filters are for a BMW M54 6-cylinder engine:

Mann:

*  Same filter as BMW original equipment (both Mann & BMW shown), for this application, as well as other BMW and MINI apps.
*  High quality manufacturing.
*  Dense filter material traps smaller particles.
*  64 pleats, 20mm pleat depth, 95mm pleat height = 243,200 square mm of filtering material.



Mahle:

*  BMW and MINI original for many applications, but not this one (see Mann above).
*  High quality manufacturing.
*  Dense filter material traps smaller particles.
*  74 pleats, 18mm pleat depth, 88mm pleat height = 234,432 square mm of filtering material.


Other brand #1:

*  Never used by BMW or MINI.
*  Questionable manufacturing quality.
*  Noticeably thinner and less dense filter material.
*  65 pleats, 15mm pleat depth, 88mm pleat height = 171,600 square mm of filtering material.



Other brand #2:

*  Never used by BMW or MINI.
*  Questionable manufacturing quality.
*  Noticeably thinner and less dense filter material.
*  64 pleats, 17mm pleat depth, 97mm pleat height = 211, 072 square mm of filtering material.


The spin-on oil filters shown below (used on various early 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder BMW models) illustrate further examples of the quality differences between the BMW, Mann and Mahle filters vs. the aftermarket filters.

Mann:

* Original BMW on various models.
* High quality manufacturing.
*  Heavy gauge steel case (.022″).
*  Heavy gauge inner steel sleeve (.018″).
*  Anti drain-back valve (keeps filter full when installed horizontally or “upside down”).
*  Heavy duty pressure relief valve assembly.
*  Dense filter material.
*  54 pleats, 16mm pleat depth, 95mm pleat height = 164,160 square mm of filtering material.



Other brand #1:

*  Never used by BMW or MINI.
*  Questionable manufacturing quality.
*  Light gauge steel case (.016″).
*  Light gauge inner steel sleeve (.008″).
*  No Anti drain-back valve  (allows filter to drain when installed horizontally or “upside down”).
*  Very light duty pressure relief valve assembly.
*  light gauge filter material.
*  54 pleats, 11mm pleat depth, 72mm pleat height = 85,536 square mm of filtering material.



Other brand #2:

*  Never used by BMW or MINI.
*  Questionable manufacturing quality.
*  Light gauge steel case (.019″).
*  Light gauge inner steel sleeve (.010″).
*  Very light anti drain-back valve (keeps filter full when installed horizontally or “upside down”).
*  Very light duty pressure relief valve assembly.
*  light gauge filter material.
*  55 pleats, 11mm pleat depth, 82mm pleat height = 99,220 square mm of filtering material.




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