Searching for the correct part diagram for your BMW or MINI can be frustrating if you don’t know where to look.
One of the most powerful tools available to BMW mechanics and do-it-yourselfers are the detailed part diagrams, like the ones that we offer on our site. These diagrams are a powerful source of information in two ways.
The first (and most obvious) source of information BMW and MINI part diagrams provide are the part numbers themselves. Since part diagrams are dependent on the specific model or serial (VIN) number of your vehicle, they give the most accurate results. Looking up your vehicle on auto part websites does not guarantee you have the correct part number! To ensure you have the correct part for your repair and to avoid any future return issues, it’s best practice to verify the part number in one of our part diagrams first.
Secondly, they are an excellent visual reference on how components are put together. Since the diagrams show the entire assembly in an exploded format, they offer a valuable resource during a repair in assisting with disassembly and reassembly.
Which section has my part?
One of the most frequent issues BMW and MINI owners encounter when searching for a part diagram is determining what section it is in. Part diagrams, like the ones on our site, are divided into sections and groups. These sections and groups are set up in a logical way to help the user find the correct BMW or MINI part diagram they are looking for. Well…usually that’s the case.
Unfortunately, not all BMW and MINI parts fall into the section we think they should be in. One of the most famous (or better yet…infamous) examples of this is the BMW and MINI cooling system. Water pumps and thermostats are found in the Engine Diagrams section, but radiators, coolant hoses, and expansion tanks are located in the Cooling System Diagrams section. There are numerous examples of parts not being found where we think they should be – unfortunately, this is just part of the basic numbering structure that BMW has developed. And even though we have worked diligently to try and make our diagrams more intuitive to the average user, it is simply impossible to resolve every obscure classification.
There are several steps you can take if you can’t find the part diagram you are looking for. First, analyze where the part is located to get clues. Take for example BMW and MINI key FOBs. Common sense would dictate that key FOBs would be located in the Vehicle Electrical section…but that’s not the case. Since door locks are located in the Bodywork Diagrams section, so are the key FOBs that control them.
The best way to find a part diagram is to search the part number. Our site has an advanced search function that will lead you directly to the diagram that contains the part number that was searched. Unfortunately, this method does not work well for parts that are still installed on the vehicle (can’t read the number) or for parts with discontinued or revised numbers.
Contact us if you need help!
BMW OEM Parts offers free help if you are having an issue finding the correct part diagram for your vehicle. Simply fill out the form on our Contact Us page and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.