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00 — Maintenance and General Notes
Q: What's that hole in the middle of my Allen bolt?
A: That is called a piloted Allen. They are typically used in applications that require a shallow head, and as a result they are shallow and easy to strip.
This is the correct tool to use on a piloted Allen bolt. Although we have these special little tools at the BeemerShop, most people don't have these lying around in their toolbox. Be very careful when using standard Allen wrenches on these bolts.
Q: Why does it say "BMW recommends
Castrol" in BMW owner's manuals, service check lists, etc., yet BMW
puts Spectro and Valvoline products into their oil bottles for
sale here in the US?
ADDENDUM: Since this was originally written BMW has changed its gear oil source to Spectro Oils of America.
Further ADDENDUM: Since this was originally written, BMW sources all of its oil from Spectro oils of America.
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