Service icons.

Alerts through dashboard symbols.

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What are Service Icons?

Depending on the age of your BMW, your vehicle will be fitted with either the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) or Service Interval Indicator (SII) system; both of which will alert you through dashboard symbols, when your BMW needs attention.

Condition Based Servicing (CBS).

Newer BMW models feature Condition Based Servicing (CBS). This system actively monitors various service components for wear, ensuring that your BMW only requests attention when it needs it. When your BMW does require servicing a CBS icon will display on your dashboard. In addition to this, the vehicle data is stored in your key and read using the BMW KeyReader, allowing the BMW Service team to quicklyidentify your needs.

Service Interval Indicator (SII).

BMW models built before the introduction of CBS utilise the Service Interval Indicator (SII). This system monitors the mileage of the vehicle and the time since its last service. A variety of dashboard icons will be displayed when it requires a formal Service or Inspection.

How to check what service your vehicle needs.

How to check what service your vehicle needs. At BMW we believe in keeping our customers informed about how certain aspects of their cars work. The below videos will help you find out what your car needs.

Condition Based Servicing (CBS).

Service Interval Indicator (SII).

Earlier BMWs utilise the Service Interval Indicator system.

When the 600 mile countdown service indicator appears on the dashboard, you should consult your BMW's service book to understand what is required. This will be an Oil and Microfilter service, Inspection 1 or Inspection 2.

A clock symbol will appear when your BMW requires an anti-freeze or brake fluid change.

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CBS servicing icons - what do they mean?

  • Oil Service. The oil and oil filter in your BMW’s engine should be replaced to ensure optimum performance and help maintain efficiency. The microfilter(s) should also be replaced.
  • Microfilter. The microfilter/pollen filter should be replaced with every engine oil service. This icon may not be displayed in your BMW.
  • Front brakes. The front brake pads on your BMW are close to their wear limit and need replacing. Your brake discs should also be checked.
  • Spark plugs. The spark plugs in your petrol engine should be replaced at every second oil service along with the air filter. This icon may not be displayed in your BMW.
  • Rear brakes. The rear brake pads on your BMW are close to their wear limit and need replacing. Your brake discs should also be checked.
  • Diesel particulate filter. The diesel particulate filter in your BMW may be blocked or need replacing. Visit your nearest BMW Authorised Retailer.
  • Brake fluid. The brake fluid in your BMW should be replaced to maintain optimum performance.
  • MOT. Your BMW is due the annual statutory inspection for vehicles 3 years and older.
  • Vehicle check. Your BMW is due a Vehicle Check Service. This symbol may also appear for other vehicle defects that require attention.

SII servicing icons - what do they mean?

  • Oil service. The oil and oil filter in your BMW’s engine should be replaced to ensure optimum performance and help maintain efficiency. The microfilter(s) should also be replaced.
  • Front brakes. The front brake pads on your BMW are close to their wear limit and need replacing. Your brake discs should also be checked.
  • Inspection I. Your BMW requires an Inspection I service. This includes an Oil Service, Microfilter change and additional inspection.
  • Inspection II. Your BMW requires an Inspection II service. This includes an Oil Service as well as replacement Microfilter, Airfilter and Spark Plugs (petrol) or Fuel Filter (diesel).
  • Rear brakes. The rear brake pads on your BMW are close to their wear limit and need replacing. Your brake discs should also be checked.
  • Brake fluid. The brake fluid in your BMW should be replaced to maintain optimum performance.