BMW 3 Series 2020-2023 Monitoring User Manual
The engine oil level is monitored electronically while driving and can be shown on the Control Display. If the engine oil level is outside its permissible operating range, a Check Control message is displayed.
A red indicator light indicates that the engine oil pressure is too low.
A current measured value is available after approx. 30 minutes of normal driving.
Displaying the engine oil level
- “Vehicle status”
- “Engine oil level” The engine oil level is displayed.
When making frequent short-distance trips or using a sporty driving style, it may not be possible to calculate a measured value. In this case, the measured value for the last, sufficiently long trip is displayed.
The engine oil level is checked when the vehicle is stationary and displayed via a scale.
If the engine oil level is outside its permissible operating range, a Check Control message is displayed.
During the measurement, the idle speed is in‐creased somewhat.
- Vehicle is parked in a horizontal position.
- Steptronic transmission: selector lever in se‐lector lever position N or P and accelerator pedal not depressed.
- The drive-ready state is switched on by pressing the Start/Stop button.
- Engine is running and is at operating temperature.
Performing a detailed measurement
- “Vehicle status”
- “Engine oil level”
- “Engine oil measurement”
- “Start measurement”
The engine oil level is checked and displayed via a scale.
Adding engine oil
Only add engine oil when the message is dis‐played in the instrument cluster. The quantity to be added is indicated in the message shown on the Control Display. Only add suitable types of engine oil.
Safely park the vehicle and switch off drive-ready state before adding engine oil.
Take care not to add too much engine oil.
Operating materials, for instance oils, greases, coolants, fuels, can contain harmful ingredients. There is a risk of injury or danger to life. Follow the instructions on the containers. Avoid the contact of articles of clothing, skin or eyes with operating materials. Do not refill operating materials into different bottles. Store operating materials out of reach of children.
An engine oil level that is too low causes engine damage. There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. Immediately add engine oil.
Too much engine oil can damage the engine or the catalytic converter. There is a risk of dam‐age to property, among other potential dam‐age. Do not add too much engine oil. When too much engine oil is added, have the engine oil level corrected by a dealer’s service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.
The oil filler neck is located in the engine compartment.
For an overview, refer to page 347.
Adding engine oil
- Opening the hood.
- Opening, refer to page 348.
- Open the lid counterclockwise.
- Add engine oil.
- Close the lid.
Engine oil types to add
The engine oil grade is critical for the life of the engine. Only add the types of engine oil which are listed.
Oil additives can damage the engine. There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. Do not use oil additives.
Incorrect engine oil can cause malfunctions in the engine or damage it. There is a risk of damage to property, among other potential damage. When selecting an engine oil, make sure that the engine oil has the correct oil specification.
Suitable engine oil types
Add engine oils that meet the following oil rating standards:
- BMW Longlife-01 FE.
- BMW Longlife-14 FE+.
- BMW Longlife-17 FE+.
Alternative engine oil types
If an engine oil suitable for continuous use is not available, up to 1 US quart/liter of engine oil with the following oil rating can be added:
When selecting an engine oil, make sure that the engine oil has a suitable viscosity grade. The suitable viscosity grade is indicated on a label in the engine compartment.
More information about suitable oil specifications and viscosity grades of engine oils can be requested from a dealer’s service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.
Engine oil change
Engine oil that is not changed in a timely fashion can cause increased engine wear and thus engine damage. There is a risk of damage to property. It is recommended that you do not exceed the service intervals indicated in the vehicle. The vehicle manufacturer recommends that you have a dealer’s service center or another qualified service center or repair shop change the engine oil.
Coolant consists of water and coolant additives. Not all commercially available additives are suitable for the vehicle. Do not mix additives of different colors. Observe the water – additive mixture ratio of 50:50. Information about suitable additives is available from a dealer’s service center or another qualified service center or repair shop.
With the engine hot and the cooling system open, coolant can escape and lead to scalding. There is a risk of injury. Only open the cooling system with the engine cooled down.
Additives are harmful and incorrect additives can damage the engine. There is a risk of injury and risk of damage to property. Do not allow additives to come into contact with skin, eyes or articles of clothing. Use suitable additives only.
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