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We have compiled a short list of some of the more common faults we see at Paddock Motors, along with advice as to how we can help with each one. Please contact us for further information.

Timing chain faults can be identified by a rattle from the engine, either on start up or when the engine is running. Left unattended, the timing chain can break causing major engine damage.

There is some controversy surrounding the chains on certain models and BMW have modified these chains over the years. It is true to say that the replacement parts seem far more reliable than the originals.

With the expertise and equipment to replace your timing chain, we use genuine BMW parts, allowing us to offer you a 2 year warranty on your timing chain replacement. Please contact us for further advice.

When the ABS or traction control lights are illuminated (assuming traction control has not been deactivated via the switch) it indicates that a fault has become apparent in the system. Causes of this range from a faulty sensor to a fault in a control or hydraulic unit. We can often help by removing and sending any faulty hydraulic units for specialist repair, instead of installing a new unit, which can dramatically reduce the cost of repair.

Another common problem is faulty reluctor rings on the rear driveshafts of certain models, causing the traction control to cut in.

Rather than installing new driveshafts at considerable cost, we are able to remove the driveshafts and install new reluctor rings at a fraction of the cost.

Cars equipped with electronic steering locks can develop an internal fault inside the lock. This can potentially immobilise the vehicle, requiring specialist recovery to a suitably equipped workshop. If the steering lock warning is displayed, we strongly advise to have the fault identified before the lock totally fails. We are often able to reset the lock instead of a complete replacement.

A common fault on the Z4 model is the soft top roof refusing to operate. This is often down to the hydraulic motor seizing which is the result of poor design and incorrect servicing. The motor sits in a void in the bodywork that is liable to filling with water and, although there is a drain under the motor, this can become blocked. If the motor is seized, it will require replacement, so we will always check this drain when servicing any Z4. We can usually complete replacing the motor in a day and will also modify the drain to reduce the chances of this fault recurring.


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We only employ BMW and MINI certified mechanics, so that you can be safe in the knowledge that your pride and joy is in safe hands.


We only use genuine BMW or OEM quality parts – not inferior quality components. You can be assured that we will treat your car as if it was our own.

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01395 232 049