Owners of 232,000 BMW series or X variants made from June 2009 to June 2013 will be checked on their anniversary in June of this year for defective screws on the six-cylinder engines.
The German automaker said a bolt on the cover of the engine’s timing system could break and cause oil to leak, which leads to other problems, including engine failure.
The announcement was made by BMW March 14 via a post on a service in China similar to Twitter, minus the number of vehicles in question. The vehicles in question were produced in China, however, the automaker now thinks the defect may stem from other countries as well. The vehicles are made in partnership with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings. A spokesperson for BMW said the issue was minor and not a mandatory recall of global proportions.
The inspection came at the suggestion of China’s general administration regulator. No accidents due to the defect have been reported. In June, as the inspections begin, BMW is estimating owners will have no more than a four-hour wait for their vehicles to leave the garage. Replacement parts will be free.
Hopefully none of the time BMW owners have their cars in a garage should effect any customization they've done to their cars with parts purchased through Xenon HIDs.
Past recalls for series BMWs include a cable that led to stalling, defective airbags, faulty power brakes and taillight issues.