Diagnostic Services from the Car Clinique
A customer was experiencing lack of performance i.e. Limp home mode, which was accompanied with an "EML" light.The customer had already spent a significant amount of money with other BMW/Mini specialists and yet the fault was still present.
A main dealer had also an input on the diagnosis, with an estimate of £1200 yet unable to guarantee the fault would be rectified. Unable to afford to take such a "gamble" on the dealers uncertain diagnosis the customer brought the car to us here at Car Clinique through a recommendation.
Once all previous work was rechecked and after our two hour diagnosis we confirmed the fault lay within the engine ECU (electronic control unit) aka the "brain"! With the new ECU costing in excess of a £1000, we sourced a used replacement and recoded to suit the customers car at a fraction of the cost.
Why was the dealers original diagnosis incorrect and yet unable to guarantee it would rectify the fault?
Are they not carrying out thorough diagnosis?
Quantity over Quality, maybe.
The indicator lamp flashes or lights up and a signal sounds. Make sure that the safety belts are positioned correctly. The safety belt reminder is active at speeds above 5mph. It can also be activated if objects are placed on the front passenger seat.
ENGINE OVERHEATING OR TOO HOT
Carefully bring the car to a stop, switch oof the engine, and allow it to cool down. Do not open the hood; otherwise, there would be a risk of injury by scalding. Contact your BMW dealer.
The warning light flashes under certain circumstances: This indicated that there is random misfiring in the engine. Reduce the speed and have the system checked immediately, otherwise serious engine misfiring within a brief period can seriously damage emission control components.
The vehicle door is open
Check the brakes
WINDOW WASH FLUID
Window washer fluid is low. Add more fluid as soon as possible.
Belt tensioners and/or airbag system failed. You should have the system checked immediately. Fasten the safety belts away.
OIL LEVEL LOW
This signal means that your engine oil level is too low. Add proper oil immediately.
This indicator light indicates that your coolant level is too low. Add coolant immediately.
BRAKE FLUID LEVEL
If this signal lights up in red, your brake fluid is too low. You can continue your journey but moderate your speed and exercise caution. Have the system checked! If this lights up in yellow, your hilltop feature has failed. This means that the car will not be held in place after the brake is released. Have it checked immediately!
If this signal lights up in red, your service is overdue and you need to schedule a service appointment and bring your vehicle in. If this lights up in yellow, then your vehicle is due to service.
If you hear a ding and see this indicator lamp then the outside temperature has reached 37 degrees or below. Please be aware of road conditions as they could be dangerous.
Your cruising range is nor more than 30 miles to empty. You should refuel as soon as possible.
Your tires have lost traction due to a slippery surface
Lights up in orange. Pay attention to other lights that may be on. It will come on when you have 1/4 tank of gas left.
ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEM
The driving stability control systems, including ABS and Tire Pressure Monitor, have failed. You can continue your journey. Reduced braking and driving stability. Drive cautiously and think well ahead. Avoid braking with full force, driving on rough tracks, and depressing the accelerator pedal to full throttle or kick down position. Have the system checked immediately.
STEERING SYSTEM (INTEGRAL ACTIVE STEERING)
When this light comes on, with the engine running, turn the steering wheel all the way to the left and right several times in a uniform manner until the warning lamp disappears. Have the system checked if the warning lamp does not go out after moving the steering wheel approximately 6 times or if the steering wheel is at an angle.
TIRE PRESSURE MONITOR
If this indicator lamp lights up in red, the tire has rapidly deflated. Please bring your car to a stop and check your tires. If this indicator lamp comes on in yellow, the tire pressure is off about 10% or more. Remember that as the temperature drops, that could cause the light to come on as well.
The bulb of exterior lighting is out.
DSC DYNAMIC STABILITY CONTROL
Activated for extra traction
Have your battery checked without delay.