Fuel pumps are once again the subject of a BMW Motorrad recall. For this occurrence, BMW says a total of 20,963 motorcycles are affected. This is at least the third time that BMW has recalled bikes due to a fuel pump concern.
The most recent leaking fuel pump recall was issued in August 2020. And it was during the review process for these leaks that BMW uncovered an additional population of bikes with the problem.
BMW’s recall notice says in part:
“In January 2021, BMW received additional complaints and those were reviewed with a focus on the possibility that those complaints might also pertain to fuel pumps containing a support ring installed during supplier
production by a pneumatic fastening tool. An analysis was performed of leaks by fuel pump build level configuration. The review indicated that fuel pumps produced with a support ring specifically installed by a pneumatic fastening tool could introduce unwanted tolerance during the fastening process and, over time, lead to fuel pump flange crack propagation at the location of the quick connector. Ultimately, this could result in a fuel leak.”
So the use of a pneumatic fastening tool by a vendor seems to be the culprit here. BMW does not explicitly say what “damage” the tool may have done. That said, over-torquing could be the issue.
Fuel pump recall
The list of affected motorcycles is extensive and is shown below:
|BMW||HP4||2013 – 2014|
|BMW||K 1300 S||2011 – 2014|
|BMW||K 1600 GT||2011 – 2014|
|BMW||K 1600 GTL||2011 – 2014|
|BMW||R 1200 GS||2011 – 2014|
|BMW||R 1200 GS ADVENTURE||2011 – 2014|
|BMW||R 1200 R||2011 – 2014|
|BMW||R 1200 RT||2011 – 2014|
|BMW||R NINE T||2014|
|BMW||S 1000 R||2014|
|BMW||S 1000 RR||2014|
|BMW||S1000 RR||2011 – 2013|
Under this recall, BMW will replace the fuel pumps with an “improved version”. All repairs will be carried out free of charge.
Dealers have already been notified of the recall program. BMW will commence notifying owners of the affected bikes on April 02, 2021.
For additional information, owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Or they may call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236. Additional information is also available online at NHTSA’s website.