When you want a sleek, sporty sedan, you should look no further than the BMW 3 Series. With its 255-horsepower engine, modern design, and space-age technology, there's no doubt it's an impressive car. But no matter how powerful and futuristic, it still needs regular maintenance to extend its life.

Our friendly team at Bobby Rahal BMW of South Hills has put together this quick guide for the BMW 3 Series maintenance schedule. We're proud to assist all of our friends in the Canonsburg and Uniontown, Pennsylvania areas, as well as the Morgantown, West Virginia area. Stop in at each milestone to keep your BMW running smoothly.

10,000 Miles

The first milestone to be aware of is at 10,000 miles, and it's your first oil change. These should be done every 10k miles or 12 months (whatever comes first) to keep your engine clean and running at peak performance. Oil is what works to lubricate and cool the internal mechanisms of your engine, which prevents overheating and wear.

20,000 Miles

At the 20,000-mile mark, you'll likely need a brake inspection. During a brake inspection, our BMW certified technicians will inspect your brake lines, pads, rotors, and calipers, readjusting anything that needs adjustment. Failing to get your brakes inspected can lead to the brake pads overwearing and causing damage to the rotors.

30,000 Miles

You should replace your spark plugs at 30,000 miles. Spark plugs work with the electrical and timing equipment to create the ignition system. They use electricity to ignite the air/fuel mixture that powers the engine, and due to routine driving conditions, can become corroded.  

You'll also likely need to change your air filter element; however, if you live in dustier conditions, this may need to be done more often.

40,000 Miles

At 40,000 miles, you'll need to replace your brake pads. Brake pads are the part of the brakes that apply friction to the rotor, which is what brings the car to a stop. If you've noticed intermittent screeching while braking, that's a good indication you need to replace your brake pads.

60,000 Miles

It's at this mileage that you should also begin looking into replacing your tires, as many manufacturers suggest a tire's lifespan is 50,000 to 70,000 miles. You should inspect your tires regularly, checking things such as:

  • Tire Pressure
  • Tread Depth
  • Possible Damage

To extend the life of your tires, make sure they're rotated and balanced with every oil change to keep tread wear even.

70,000 Miles

At 70,000 miles, it is recommended you either resurface or replace your brake rotors. Rotors are big metal discs that work to slow and stop your BMW. When they are resurfaced, it means shaving down the metal to remove damage or rust, but also thinning the rotor.

There is a minimum thickness for rotors, so if resurfacing your rotor would bring it thinner than the minimum, then you will need to have the rotors replaced.

Come in Today

Whether you drive to and from work every day or you take long business trips to the next city over every few weeks, routine maintenance is important to the overall health of your BMW 3 Series. The expert team at Bobby Rahal BMW of South Hills is here to hit every mile marker with you and your sedan.

When you find yourself in the Canonsburg and Uniontown, PA, areas, as well as the Morgantown, WV area, stop in for a tune up, so you can go for another 10,000 miles-and more.

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Bobby Rahal BMW of South Hills
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2610 Washington Road
Directions Canonsburg, PA 15317

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