BMW/Mini Position: Pre- and Post-Repair System Scanning

BMW/Mini Position: Pre- and Post-Repair System Scanning

We often receive the Ask I-CAR inquiries: "Does BMW/Mini have a position statement on pre- and post-repair system scanning? Do they plan on coming out with one?"

BMW/Mini currently do not have a pre- and post-repair scanning position statement because their requirements for scanning are built into the repair procedures. Without consulting the service manuals, you will not be able to determine when scanning may be required to complete the repair. Also, disconnecting electronics such as headlights, control modules, or the battery, which is required for nearly every repair, can cause codes to be stored. The codes can only be diagnosed and cleared by using a scan tool. The BMW 7 Series manual states “When work is carried out on the electrical system, faults may be caused in the fault memories of some control units when the battery is connected.”

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