BMW 5 Series: Washing in automatic car washes - Car washes - Care - Mobility - BMW 5 Series Owners ManualsBMW 5 Series: Washing in automatic car washes

Give preference to cloth car washes or those that use soft brushes in order to avoid paint damage.

Notes

Note the following:

▷ Make sure that the wheels and tires are not damaged by the transport mechanisms.

▷ Fold in the exterior mirrors; otherwise, they may be damaged, depending on the width of the vehicle.

▷ Deactivate the rain sensor, to avoid unintentional wiper activation.

▷ In some cases, an unintentional alarm can be triggered by the interior motion sensor of the alarm system. Follow the instructions on avoiding an unintentional alarm

Avoid car washes with guide rails higher Guide rails in car washes
Avoid car washes with guide rails higher than 4 in/10 cm; otherwise, the vehicle body could be damaged.◀

Before driving into a car wash

In order to ensure that the vehicle can roll in a car wash, take the following steps:

Manual transmission:

1. Release the parking brake.
2. Drive into the car wash.
3. Shift to neutral.
4. Switch the engine off.
5. Switch on the ignition.

Automatic transmission:

1. Release the parking brake, and deactivate Automatic Hold.
2. Drive into the car wash.
3. Depress the brake pedal as needed.
4. Engage transmission position N.
5. Switch the engine off. In this way, the ignition remains switched on, and a Check-Control message is displayed.

off Transmission position P with the ignition off
When the ignition is switched off, position P is engaged automatically. When in an automatic car wash, for example, ensure that the ignition is not switched off accidentally.◀

The vehicle cannot be locked from the outside when in transmission position N.

A signal is sounded when an attempt is made to lock the vehicle.

Transmission position

Transmission position P is engaged automatically:

▷ When the ignition is switched off.
▷ After approx. 15 minutes.

    Car washes
    Notes Steam jets or high-pressure washers When using steam jets or high-pressure washers, hold them a sufficient distance away and use a maximum temperature of 140 ℉/ 60 ℃. Holdi ...

    Headlamps
    ▷ Do not rub dry and do not use abrasive or caustic cleansers. ▷ Soak areas that have been soiled e.g. due to insects, with shampoo and wash off with water. ▷ Thaw ice with d ...

    See also:

    Outside rearview mirror
    Be sure to adjust mirror angles before driving. Your vehicle is equipped with both lefthand and right-hand outside rearview mirrors. The mirrors can be adjusted remotely with the remote switch. The ...

    Washer fluid check
    Washer fluid check The front and rear washer systems aresupplied from the same reservoir. Refit the washer fluid reservoir capsecurely after topping up. Washer jets To ensure the system functions ...

    Using the image viewer
    When a compatible portable storage device is plugged into the USB jack located in the center console, compatible image files stored on the device can be viewed on the control panel device. Connec ...