A couple of BMW i3s recently visiting the workshop

First i3 was dropped off to us as the car would not charge displaying a fault when charging, with only 1 mile remaining they were glad to make it to us.

Upon investigation we found the faults stored showed no air conditioning gas pressure along with high voltage charging faults. The importance of the air con system working on electric and hybrid vehicles as it not only cools the cabin, it is also plumbed in to cool the high voltage battery packs. So without the air con working, the vehicle will not charge to prevent possible overheating of the battery.

With no air con gas present in the system. We carried out a nitrogen gas test to locate the leak from the condenser at the front. With the condenser replaced and air con system re-gassed with the newer 1234yf gas, all faults were cleared. The vehicle then left to charge overnight to full correctly. Road tested and returned to the customer

Second i3 was much more straight forward. Full service as this version had the range extender (or an engine if you don’t like stupid bmw terminology).

Engine oil, pollen filter, air filter and spark plugs replaced, with a brake fluid change.

Service history updated on the BMW Database then uploaded on to the iDrive, same as the dealerships! Job done

All our Technicians are IMI Level 4 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle trained & qualified so you can be sure your vehicle is in safe and capable hands. You’ll be shocked by what we can do. More information about how we can help with your electric and hybrid cars.

Forte – Air Con Power Clean Bacterial and Odour removal machine

Forte – Air Con Power Clean Bacterial and Odour removal machine
This little machine is a great aid this time of year to remove the bacteria and odours sitting within your cars heating system, along with the complete cabin.

The cleaning machine is placed inside your cars footwell, heating system set to medium warmth and fan speed, closed recirculate loop for 15 minutes. This allows the anti-bacterial vapour from the machine to be sucked up the lower vents into the heating system, then blown out the front vents to cleanse the cabin.

This time of year with the air conditioning in use, the damp air con evaporator can have bacteria build up when the car is parked. Then blown into your face over and over when the car is driven… nice! Which is why we are offering the Forte – Air Con Power Clean Procedure at a special offer price of only £28.00 inc vat, until the end of August. (Normally £39 inc vat).

You’re welcome to have this treatment separately or add on to an existing booking with us over the summer! Also – if your air conditioning system is not blowing cold, we can investigate the cause and carry out Regassing where necessary. For more information please visit our Air conditioning cleaning page

See it in action on our facebook page

Keep safe this Summer – Burch Motor Works

Reopening on Monday 18th of May

We are pleased to say our workshop is reopening on Monday 18th of May

We are still carrying out the contactless procedure to reduce the risk of contact spread of infection, to yourselves and our staff so we can keep safe and operational. Our reception remains closed, with bookings only possible via the phone(01425 277800), email, facebook or the booking tool on our website.

No waiting appointments can be provided at present as reception is closed, and loan cars are currently unavailable for virus spread prevention until further notice.

Some of our parts suppliers are down on staff, along with all BMW/ Mini dealerships partly closed meaning repairs can take longer if required, please allow for this possible eventuality. (Pre-booked tasks will already have the parts in stock ready for fitment).

Please see our contactless drop off and collection procedure below;

  • Upon arrival we will meet you in the car park with our job card to discuss your booking 2 metres away, we will then take your key in an anti-bac wipe to cleanse straight away.
  • When the Technican goes to your vehicle to bring into the workshop, all contact areas will be anti-bac’d wiped with a fresh pair of disposable gloves on.
  • Once the car is complete, card payment over the phone is the only payment method to reduce physical contact as our reception area is closed. No cash is being accepted at present.
  • During collection we will meet you at the workshop door with your key placed on the table outside, your invoice and other paperwork will be on the passenger seat.
  • We also have an outside hours drop off and collection procedure, please call us for this procedure.

Thank you to everyone for their patience during this time.

Burch Motor Works

Cononavirus Update: We are closing until further notice.

? We are closing for now ?

For the safety of our staff, customers and their families, to prevent the spread of the virus. We are closing until further notice.

The 6 month MOT extension has reduced the need for us to remain open.
The GOV/ DVSA are updating the extended expiry dates bit by bit, so please don’t panic if your vehicles date has not changed yet. It will be extended by 6 months if it is due after the 1st of April.

Thank you again to all our customers and friends for their custom. Stay safe and we’ll keep you posted when we reopen.

Cononavirus Update: Garage opening and MOT update

We are still currently open and operating our contactless service, as per our last post and on our website. This is working well to keep us operational and as safe as possible.

  • Our reception is closed, no waiting appointments or loan cars are permitted at present.
  • Some of our parts suppliers are down on staff meaning repairs can take longer if required. Along with all BMW dealerships closing, and the local Hendy group. So we will not be able to obtain parts from these at present.
  • The government have just given a 6 month extension to light vehicles with an MOT after the 30th of March. This is to allow vehicle owners in full isolation or do not want to risk contact the flexibility to carry out test further down the line in the year. However it does state you will need to make sure the vehicle is roadworthy so it would be advised to carry out the MOT when it is due to make sure the vehicle is safe and legal.

We have had advice from the government/ DVSA in the pictures below.

Thank you to everyone for being sensible and understanding with the current situation. If you have any questions, please ask. Stay safe.

Cononavirus Update

? Coronavirus contact reduction procedure ?

Sorry (again) for another Coronavirus post. We are remaining open as we are in the transport sector, to keep everyone moving.

This is to inform our customers we are carrying out a procedure to reduce the risk of contact spread of infection, to yourselves and our staff so we can keep safe and operational.

  • Upon arrival we will meet you in the car park with our job card to discuss your booking, we will then take your key in an anti-bac wipe to cleanse straight away.
  • When the Technican goes to your vehicle to bring into the workshop, all contact areas will be anti-bac’d again with a fresh pair of disposable gloves on.
  • Once the car is complete we would prefer card payment over the phone to reduce physical contact in our reception area. No cash is being accepted at present.
  • Upon collection we will meet you outside with your key, your invoice and other paperwork will be on the passenger seat. Not forgetting your free 1l screenwash for our Birthday this month!
  • We also have an outside hours drop off and collection procedure, please call us for this procedure.

For bookings it would be preferred to book by phone or on our website, rather than visiting reception.

Thank you all for your understanding in these very strange times!

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Coronavirus News

Sorry to add to the Coronavirus content on your across the media.

We just want to reassure our customers we are open as usual and doing our best to prevent the spread of the virus by constantly anti-bac cleaning our contact areas. Reception door handle, counter. Customers keys, car steering wheel, gear shift, and handles. We are also wearing our usual protective gloves but only one set per vehicle, then in the bin.

If customers are still concerned about contact when visiting, we have a drop off and collection procedure that allows customers to drop keys off and collect again outside of opening hours. Please call us for this procedure.

I hope this may reassure some who are partly self isolating. Not sure if the police will accept the Coronavirus as an excuse for the cars MOT being expired!

Used BMW 8 Speed Auto Transmission Replacement

A recent repair with us, BMW F10 5 Series with a very broken 8 Speed Auto Transmission. Only course of action was to send away for reconditioning or replacement. A new transmission was £12k, recon was £3k. With the age and mileage of these models getting on a bit now, the only sensible option without writing the car off was to source and replace with a used transmission.

However, with these EGS ZF 8HP Transmissions, BMW have kindly placed the Immobiliser (EWS) inside the transmission control unit. Meaning if you fit a used box to the car, it will not go into gear/ work at all. Even with genuine bmw software it will not overwrite the immobiliser code.
Which is why here at Burch Motor Works we have the genuine bmw software and various aftermarket software programs to allow us to work around these issues.

We reset the immobiliser code to a factory state using our aftermarket software, then programmed the transmission to the vehicle…. take that BMW ?
Finishing off by replacing the transmission fluid & filter pan. Road tested vehicle now driving like the ultimate driving machine again… at a fraction of the cost!

We have all the gear, and hopefully some idea to save you money on your repairs… you’re welcome ?

View our Software update and coding services 

It’s our Birthday!

5️⃣ This March it’s our Birthday, we’ve been open 5 years! 5️⃣

To say thank you to all our loyal customers and friends. Every customer receives a free iced biscuit and 1 litre of screenwash! Or pop over for a chat and receive it for free as well ?
Once again thank you to all our customers taking the business to what it is today! This offer is whilst stocks last, however with the amount we have it’ll be lasting into April!

Throwback Thursday!

It’s our Birthday in March where we have been open for 5 years. It’s flown by! We’ve got a treat for every customer and visitor in March to celebrate. Details will be revealed next week.

In the mean time here’s some photos from 6 years ago of the build to what it is today!

Thankyou to all our great loyal customers that have supported us from day one to today. We value you all very much!