Washing in automatic car washes

Your vehicle can be washed in automatic car washes right from the start.

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 rain sensor, to prevent unintentional wiper action.

▷ BMW X5: deactivate the rear window wiper and protect it from damage. Ask the car wash operator about any necessary protective measures.

▷ Remove additional attachments, for instance a spoiler or telephone antenna, if there is a risk that these may be damaged.

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

The vehicle is able to roll if the following steps are taken.

1. Insert the remote control into the ignition lock, even with Comfort Access.

2. Engage transmission position N.
3. Release the parking brake.
4. Deactivating Automatic Hold.
5. Switch the engine off.
6. Leave the remote control in the ignition lock so that the vehicle can roll.

Mixed tires

Before driving into a car wash, make sure Note the vehicle width
Before driving into a car wash, make sure that the vehicle width is not too large for the car wash, as otherwise the vehicle and the car wash could be damaged.◀

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