Diagnostic specialists at Opus IVS have provided clarity on a BMW i3 oil and filter change.
On models fitted with a range extender requiring an oil service, technicians will need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions precisely, Opus IVS says.
A spokesperson said: “BMW insist you carry out a high voltage battery service disconnect before any work can be carried out.
“To do this you need to be IMI level 2 qualified as a minimum and the BMW repair instructions to do so need to be followed step-by-step.
“After the oil service has been carried out and the high voltage system has been re-energised and verified, you need to test the operation of the range extender.”
BMW i3 range extender operation test
- Open the tailgate and driver’s door.
- Switch on the ignition.
- Engage drive position P.
- Press and hold the accelerator pedal.
- Whilst holding the accelerator pedal, press the brake pedal 3 times and hold down.
- Release the accelerator pedal and press start-stop button.
Once completed, the engine should start as long as the battery has less than 75 per cent state of charge.
All new roller brake testers and decelerometers for class 3, 4, 5 or 7 must now be able to connect to the MOT testing service.
The rule does not apply to any current equipment.
The DVSA’s connected MOT equipment rule will also be extended to include diesel smoke meters, exhaust gas analysers and headlamp beam testers but dates are yet to be confirmed.
Prior to the pandemic, the DVSA had previously stated that connected emissions equipment would be introduced in late spring 2020 and connected headlamp aligners would be introduced in summer 2020.